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Sakura Blizzard at Shrine

It’s tough to find a more beautiful sight in Japan than the Cherry Blossoms raining down towards the end of their life every Spring. Called Sakura Fubuki (桜吹雪 — cherry blossom blizzard) this is one event that just about everyone looks forward to seeing.

I came to this Shinto shrine to photo some sakura. They had only bloomed a few days before, so the only thing I was looking for was a full 100% bloom to photograph. I was pleasantly surprised to find the wind was super strong and so they were already raining down. Luckily the light was perfect for catching them against the main building there. Isn’t the Cherry Blossom Blizzard beautiful?

Today’s HDR was tough to make. Because of the wind, the trees were a mess of ghosting and blurring. When I make a HDR photo, I always take all original exposures and the tonemapped image into photoshop and then blend bits and pieces from each exposure into the original. It’s a technique I learned from the HDR master, Trey. It’s a lot of work, but usually worth it. For this one, I really had my work cut out for me. I think it worked out pretty well. What do you think?

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