Cherry Blossoms 2015

For my third time experiencing the short-lived beauty of the Cherry Blossoms, I had camera in toe once again. The first time was a dawn-time photoshoot, and the second time I decided to focus on the people. This time, I used a neutral density filter to increase shutter times dramatically. This gave some of the photos a strange look, with people blurred as they moved, and the slight movement of the trees emitting a ghostly glow.

Cherry Blossoms: People in Bloom

For my second time taking photos at High Park during the spring cherry blossoms, I decided to focus on people taking in the natural beauty. Given the millions of people in Toronto, and the hordes of them who come to the park to see the blossoms, two of the strangers I candidly shot turned out be close friends of a co-worker. Small world indeed.

For the final photo, I tried a little experiment with zooming out during the short duration of the photo.

Cherry Blossoms 2011

This was the first time I had heard of and gone to see the Cherry Blossoms in Toronto’s High Park. The trees were a gift from Japan in 1959,  and every spring, they bloom forth in stunning pink and white, only to disappear as fast as they emerge. High Park posts daily progress of the blooming when the time comes.

For this photography meetup, we decided to meet before sunrise to capture the blossoms in the first available light. The extraordinary thing was just after sunrise, when professional photographers seemingly appeared from nowhere, lights and cameras in hand and set to action with models in gowns. Of course, we all flocked to take advantage of their pro setups.

By mid-morning, the park was bustling with people, and the fancily dressed ones still showed up.