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.
When I tried to start taking photos of the red Ume blossoms...
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.
Then, this is... yes! This is the Ume blossoms!
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.
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.
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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