UW Cherry Blossoms, Take Two

I was on call yesterday (Sunday) and it just so happened to be the first day of Daylight Saving.  I woke up extra early and looked out my bedroom window.  Noticing the nice quality of the developing light, I packed my gear and headed back to the University of Washington’s main campus.  I arrived just after sunrise and pretty much had the place all to myself.  The colors were excellent, and I snapped away happily.  By 45 minutes, I was satisfied with what I captured and headed to Children’s Hospital, refreshed and “eager” to start call.  That last part is probably stretching it a bit.

Anywho, here are a couple of shots from the outing.  If you look carefully at the first image, you can see the Space Needle in the distance.  I really love the pink hues on the blossoms.  I hope you do also.  Let me know what you think.

Panasonic GF-1, 14-45 f/3.5-5.6, 20mm (40mm equivalent), f/8, ISO 100, (1/15, 1/30, 1/60 second exposures)

Panasonic GF-1, Panasonic 45-200 f/4.5-5.6, 45mm (90mm equivalent), f/8, ISO 100, (1/8, 1/4, 1/2 second exposures)

8 Comments
  • Robert Livingston
    March 16, 2010

    Glad I am on your mailing list.

  • Katie
    March 16, 2010

    You are a magician. It’s amazing to get to see what you see. It must be fascinating, and perhaps frustrating, for you to watch other people see your vision, and see how they interpret your vision. SO many times, when I’ve looked at many of your photographs, I’ve not just seen but also felt a moment in time. Captured but freely happening. Other senses are pulled in because the visual effect is so striking, real, imaginary, and perfectly arranged. I think I occasionally see some of those moments in time like I should, but I can’t replay them for others by photographing, writing, speaking, showing, singing, or dancing (the singing and dancing could be particularly disturbing).
    So wonderful for you to be able to show your work to others, so they get a chance to see through your eyes.
    Please start making a book. You could even create a system in which people you trust can create an ibook by you, choosing their favorite masterpieces, the ones that speak to them. This would be an incredible treasture.

  • Mahesh
    March 16, 2010

    Bob, thanks for the comment. I’m glad you haven’t asked to be taken off the list. :D

  • Mahesh
    March 16, 2010

    Katie, Wow! Just saying thank you seems woefully inadequate to the eloquent compliments you gave me. You have such a way with words. I read your response several times with a grin on my face that extended from ear to ear.

    I love your idea of an ibook. I’ll have to see how feasible that is. If you belong to Smugmug, they have what’s called a “collect” feature which allows one to grab favorite images from other Smugmug members (if those members allow it, that is) and sequester them in a virtual on-line album/gallery. That may be a good first step toward creating an ibook.

  • Nicole
    March 18, 2010

    I love that you have added the Google map to show the location of where you took your picture! It adds a new dimension to your photography and I love it!

    It seems like you’ve found a new outlet for your passion for photography; like a next chapter- that of teaching via your web site and offering additional information beyond just the image itself. I think that is really unique and interesting… Thank you for sharing all your hard work and talent with all of us! -It’s very inspiring…

    • Mahesh
      March 18, 2010

      Nicole, my heart-felt thanks for your beautiful and thoughtful comments! You’ve figured me out completely. What good is keeping knowledge of such fantastic places and photography techniques to one’s self? I want more people to enjoy the beauty all around us. As it has done for me, I’m hoping that some basic photography and photoshop skills will encourage other to get out there and explore!

  • Jeremiah
    March 22, 2010

    Excellent photos! Was the first taken from INSIDE the art building?

    • Mahesh
      March 22, 2010

      Jeremiah, thank you very much for the comment. Yes, the first shot was taken from inside the 3rd floor of the art building.

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