Images

Cherry Blossoms

One of the things I’ve had to learn as I explore photography is that there is a difference between being in focus and having a focus for the composition. Often it seems like for the composition to have a clear focus one does well to have part of the picture out of focus. I chose this pair for the Focus theme because they demonstrate the difference between being in focus and having a focus.
Both of these pictures have the same elements but the one that is the header, while it is pretty much in focus, doesn’t really have a focus. I took it to try and capture the overall effect, how much the blooming cherry tree looked like lace.

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The second picture doesn’t have as much of the scene in focus, but it has a focus: the white blossoms.

BFF

I don’t usually post pictures of people, but the following is the best Friend picture I’ve ever taken.
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“Aunt” Dot was my grandma’s best friend from their first day at Stottville Elementary School (Upstate New York, near Hudson). Her smile could light up a room and she was dancing until she couldn’t walk. This picture was the last time they saw each other, roughly 86 years after they met. Aunt Dot passed away a couple of months later.

The question is this: is the back story necessary or does the  picture say it all?

For a few short days

This tree peony blooms spectacularly depending on the weather the blooms last three days to one week…and then it’s gone. It was almost a month later than usual this year because of the exceptionally cold winter that just wouldn’t give up.

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The only other flower I’ve seen that is both more spectacular and more fleeting is the night blooming Cereus.

Night blooming cereus flower.
Night blooming cereus flower.

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