How do you like the oriole? It was painted on my iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil using a $5.99 app called Procreate. Did you see the painted hummingbirds?
I did a few more bird and cherry blossom illustration paintings, spending much more time creating them. Two are of robin fledglings (so cute) and a male adult robin, all sitting among the cherry blossoms, saving them for possible sale.
I am painting on the iPad more and more. It is just too much fun.
“How to Photograph Cherry Blossoms”
Anyway, you probably are not all that interested in learning about my painting activities, but rather want to see the cherry blossom bloom in our area. But this post was spurred on by another blogger’s post, and had something to do with photography instead.
A few weeks ago, I ran across a post on “how to take better photos of cherry blossoms” and had to take a peek. To my surprise, not one image was really worth the lessons this blogger was sharing. I cannot remember the website, but was very glad it was not a photographer of which I am familiar.
I kept surfing and did find images that a professional took in Japan and his images were absolutely stunning.
The pro in Japan shot the scene rather than close-ups of the blossoms. He selected areas of the full landscape (in beautiful light of course) which gave a much better feel to the scene yet still showcased the beautiful blossoms. This year, we have yet to have beautiful morning or evening light. Here in Seattle, the Rhododendron and azaleas are in bloom. Maybe a post on that when I return later this week.
What most interests me as a naturalist enthusiast is what the blossoms attract. BEAUTIFUL BIRDS. And the birds come for the gnats and other insects feeding at the blossoms. If someone wants to do a tutorial on cherry blossoms, they should include the birds. It adds a lot to the close up images. Another reason to show cherry blossoms is for the birds feeding. These ornamental plants do a great service during bird migration time.
When I compared the two photographers, the one showing just the blossoms had very boring images. The one showing the trees in context to the landscape had award-winning images. I suppose it is a matter of what one wants to see, but at cherry blossom time the massing of the trees is what is so beautiful. The birds are too.