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High Park - Earth Day



A beautiful day in High Park, ON, taking in the Sakura cherry trees when they are in full bloom... which happens for only a short period of time each year. ...
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A beautiful day in High Park, ON, taking in the Sakura cherry trees when they are in full bloom... which happens for only a short period of time each year.
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2020 Choice Award
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Change Of Seasons Photo ContestTop 10 class
Change Of Seasons Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Celebrating Earth Day Photo Contest 2019Top 30 class
Celebrating Earth Day Photo Contest 2019Top 30 class week 1
The Wonders of the World Photo ContestTop 30 class
The Wonders of the World Photo ContestTop 30 class week 1
Everything Nature Photo ContestTop 20 class
Everything Nature Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
The Emerging Talent AwardsTop 30 class
Spring Photo Contest 2017Top 30 class
Spring Photo Contest 2017Top 30 class week 1
Image Of The Month Photo Contest Vol 4Top 20 class

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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo in High Park in Toronto, Canada. It was spur of the moment visit to the High Park to see the Sakura Cherry Blossoms which bloom only for a very short period of time.
Time
This photo was taken on Earth Day 2010 (April 22) at 2:20pm. As I walked the around the park, I was not sure that I would be able to get an image that captured what I was feeling. Not only was the light very bright at 2pm, the park was overrun with people, like at a popular tourist attraction. I really wanted to capture the blossoms and not people capturing them. So, I had to get creative about how I would capture the blossoms. When I saw the walkway empty as the train approached, I decided to frame my shots of the path and the train with the Sakura Blossom canopy.
Lighting
There is nothing particularly special about the lighting in this shot. I used the natural sunlight, which really bright and perfect for capturing the energy and renewal of spring time. I had to carefully balance the light in the image to capture the soft pinkish blossoms against the beautiful blue sky with the vibrant red of the train.
Equipment
This image was shot with a Canon Powershot Pro1, which is a bridge digital camera, so I didn't have to decide on a lens. I LOVED this camera, and still use it on occasion. I did not use any other equipment.
Inspiration
It had been a little while since I had gone out and taken any pictures and I was itching to do so. That day was a beautiful, and the idea of being stuck inside for the rest of the afternoon didn't sit well with me. So, when I heard the Sakura Cherry Blossoms were in full bloom and decide that I was where I was heading. I remembered from my time out West how beautiful the blossoms were, and loved the idea of capturing the blossoms, and the shower of petals when a light breeze passes through the branches. While I was not able to capture the images I had in my head, I did channel my inspiration to get some images I liked.
Editing
At the time, I was really new to post-processing, so I didn't do a lot on the image. I did shoot in RAW, so I did tweak the light a little and balanced the colours. Now having more experience with post-processing, I would do a little more to enhance the image.
In my camera bag
I don't really have a "normally in my bag". It really depends on my mood and whether it is a planned outing. And sometimes it is about challenging myself, so that I have to be creative to get an image I want. In those cases, I still just carry my Canon PowerShot Pro1, bridge camera. Other days I have my Nikon D3100 with kit lens, with a neutral density filter. Other times still I have a friend's Canon 60D with EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens or my brother's Nikon and lens kit (can't recall what it is right now). So, no really normal for my camera bag.
Feedback
Patience and creativity -- these are the two things any photographer must have (beyond technical skills, of course). There has been more than one occasion where I couldn't capture the image in my head, due to circumstances beyond my control. In these situations I have found that taking a step back, assessing all the factors I couldn't change and thinking creatively helps me capture images that have the look and feel I want. Sometimes all it takes is shooting from a different angle or a different spot, and getting my image in moments, and other times I have had to patiently wait for someone to step into the image at the right spot, or a cloud to move an inch, or a car to move, etc. to capture that perfect image.

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