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How to photograph flowering trees?

 
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Apr 28, 2020 21:42 |  #1

Every spring in our neighborhood we have these beautiful flowering trees in the park across from my house. I never can figure out how to get nice photos of them, being right in a neighborhood, there is always a cluttered background


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May 02, 2020 23:48 |  #2

Get closer, shoot up through the branches, don't try to get the whole tree in. You can get really close, my first link, or kinda close, second link. Wish I had an example from this year, but we had some nasty freezes and looks like we are out of luck for any flowering trees this year. Still don't even have leaves on anything yet.

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May 03, 2020 00:40 |  #3

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If your intent is to focus on the trees, then my first reaction is that the lamp post is a major distraction: it competes with the trees for attention and occupies a power point within the photo. If you were able to stand to either side of the light and don't attempt to get all of the trees - sometimes less is more. Are there other places, such as parks, reserves or other streets with fewer distractions?

Another thought is to get almost in line with the tree trunks and shoot down the line by the sidewalk, that should allow you to reduce the impact of the cars from the FoV.


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If all else fails consider asking for help. I once persuaded all of my neighbours to move their cars so I could get a clear shot on promise of a copy of the image. I left on note on windscreens with contact details and suggested a day and time and they bought into it! It's also a great way to meet your neighbours! :-) On another occasion, when I was living in a block of 9 apartments that had full glass fronts, I got them all to open their window coverings at dusk with their lights on to get an image of how each (otherwise identical) apartment was furnished.

Apart from shooting the whole tree, consider also shooting a detail as per this example in which I separated the detail, but kept the hint of the wall of colour in the background.


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May 03, 2020 08:50 |  #4

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Apart from shooting the whole tree, consider also shooting a detail as per this example in which I separated the detail, but kept the hint of the wall of colour in the background.
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That's what I do by necessity, lacking the equipment for proper treatment of larger subjects.

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May 03, 2020 12:54 |  #5

Thanks for the suggestions, I will give them a try




  
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