Haru Nagasaki  

Cherry Blossom Calligraphy by Haru Nagasaki

July 2021 - Cherry Blossom Calligraphy

July 2021 - Haru Nagasaki


About the Image(s)

Goal: My Intention is to express delicate gradation of cherry blossoms layered along the river. In conversion, my goal is to make it like calligraphy art with mono-tone gradation layers.
Also I liked the pattern created by the fallen petals, so I used it as foreground. But I assume you cannot tell if it is created by fallen petals just looking at the image.
Equipment/Source: Nikon D850 70-200mm lens @165mm f/14 1/5 ISO50, Tripod

Hi Group, please look at the image and comments on the following points and perspective;
Do you think that the BW conversion works as I intended?
Do you think that foreground works to catch your eye?
Do you think that using 50% on foreground was a mistake and be better to reduce the space?

This round’s discussion is now closed!
9 comments posted

Dick Knudson   Dick Knudson
Haru, this is a delicious work of art. Your interpretation of the textures and tranquility of the scene conveys splendid harmony. It invites the viewer to participate in the wa 倭 of cherry garden viewing.
Because of your earlier work, the cherry blossoms on the water were perceived as such, but you gave the foreground such contrast that the calligraphy comes through. Well seen and conveyed! The light path that you introduced is essential to the impact of the image, but it does not appear to be contrived; I was very surprised to see that it was not in the original. You did that with a deft hand.
I think the BW conversion is spot on. I tried to re-do the image, and could not come close to anything better.
The foreground is wonderful.
50% foreground is just fine.
I was tempted to vignette the upper left corner just a bit, to not be a bright distraction.
  Posted: 07/05/2021 13:17:06
Haru Nagasaki   Haru Nagasaki
Hi Dick,
Thank you for your comment. Yes, I manipulated the light path in the foreground, which I do not normally do. But I need something to guide the eye to the main subject, so I just did it. I will found the way in nature next time.
BTW, you might want to check the Chinese character. I cannot post the right one here because system does not accept my font.
  Posted: 07/10/2021 21:30:40
Dick Knudson   Dick Knudson
After learning a little more, I understand. Is this better? ’   Posted: 07/10/2021 23:04:47
Dick Knudson   Dick Knudson
After learning a little more, I understand. Is this better? ’   Posted: 07/10/2021 23:04:48

Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
It's definitely an exceptional work; nevertheless, I enjoyed color original. Yes, foreground catched my eye. 30% on foreground could be better. Thanks for sharing Haru.   Posted: 07/06/2021 09:32:06
Haru Nagasaki   Haru Nagasaki
Thank you for your comments.
It is informative information.   Posted: 07/10/2021 21:31:36

Arne Skinlo   Arne Skinlo
A scene like this is very difficult to convey to others. The reason is that being there, you take in so many other impressions as well, like smell, atmosphere, other people applauding the place, that is not getting into the picture.

Having said that, I think you have done well in capturing the essence. My suggestion is to emphasise more on the blossoms by dodging with a luminosity mask to make them pop. I also suggest to crop the foreground and use a gradient filter to draw attention into the flowers. I am not sure, but may be also a slight gradient filter at the top would work.   Posted: 07/10/2021 00:52:09
Haru Nagasaki   Haru Nagasaki
Thank you, Arne, for your suggestion.
Cherry blossom shooting is very delicate as you probably know. So I was struggling to capture the way to catch an attention in the foreground. I will try next year.   Posted: 07/10/2021 21:36:19

Tevor Harvey   Tevor Harvey
I love the detail in the cherry blossom but I find the foreground a little hard to make out in mono. The conversion process is beautiful, holding the detail in the blossoms   Posted: 07/27/2021 15:47:08