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2015/03/08

Trying to Shoot Ume Blossoms at Sojiji Temple in the Fine Morning After the Rain

Sojiji Temple

Canon EOS 6D, Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (90mm, f/4, 1/80 sec, ISO-250)

As I was back in my hometown, I dropped in at Sojiji Temple to shoot Ume blossoms. The theme is how I take photos of Ume blossoms after the rain.

 

Street of Hikan-zakura at Sojiji Temple

Canon EOS 6D, Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (90mm, f/4, 1/80 sec, ISO-250)

When I tried to start taking photos of the red Ume blossoms...

 

Hikan-zakura at Sojiji Temple

Canon EOS 6D, Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (200mm, f/4, 1/160 sec, ISO-320)

I realized that this is not Ume blossoms but Cerasus cerasoides, or Hikan-zakura in Japanese. The blossoms were heading towards the ground so they were quite difficult to take photos of.

 

White Ume Blossoms and Temple

Canon EOS 6D, Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (74mm, f/2.8, 1/250 sec, ISO-100)

Then, this is... yes! This is the Ume blossoms!

 

Raindrop and White Ume Blossoms at Sojiji Temple
Canon EOS 6D, Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (90mm, f/8, 1/80 sec, ISO-1600)

The theme is how I take photos of Ume blossoms after the rain. I looked carefully at each of the blossoms and found a small one with a raindrop on its top. The branches and the blossoms were so close that I needed to use smaller F-number to give enough bokeh effect to the background. Well, the other reason was that I couldn't use slow shatter speed in the relatively strong wind. How is it? I've come to think that it is also nice to look at the back of the blossom now.

 

Kawazu-zakura at Sojiji Temple

Canon EOS 6D, Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (90mm, f/4, 1/80 sec, ISO-250)

By the way, I found Kawazu-zakura in the inner area of Sojiji Temple. Ahh... Sakura is quite easy to be a nice subject of photography.

 

Buds of Hydrangea at Sojiji Temple

Canon EOS 6D, Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (90mm, f/3.5, 1/80 sec, ISO-640)

And here's the last photo. Do you know what it is? This is, indeed, the buds of Hydrangea. They will surely grow up to enjoy visitors in June. Japan is always full of beauty waiting to show up soon!

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Takumi Nasuno. Tanagura Supporters' Ambassador (Official supporter of Tanagura Town of Fukushima Prefecture). A man who recommends TRIPLESSO just as he likes. A multi-language blogger for mainly nature photography. Currently I'm off from my main job (knowledge management and data analytics) and devoting myself to childcare for my newborn baby for half a year.
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