I was out the other day during a short break in the rain to take photos of my neighbors flowering dogwood tree. Those photos were what I thought of when I saw this week’s photo challenge was ephemeral. I find this tree’s blossoms beautiful, but they are so fleeting. They are one of the first things that bloom in this area and because the weather is very unstable, the blossoms often get damaged within a few days. Here is one of my processed images:
You will notice that the shutter speed is pretty fast. It had to be to deal with the wind. Luckily there was enough overcast light to handle that sort of speed.
I will put the original photo below, but when I went to process the image I knew that I wanted my final image to look quite a bit different than the original. Within Photoshop I opened the image in Camera Raw and desaturated it into a black and white. Then I used an adjustment brush and a very light yellow color to paint over the bloom. Then I opened the image in Photoshop and cropped it a bit. I created a layer and added blur. Then I added a mask and painted back the detail in the bloom. I then added a bit of noise to the whole image. Here is what the beginning image looked like:
With these edits, I created an image that I think reflects the fleeting beauty of spring. Do you think it works? Do you have a favorite spring tree? Feel free to leave a comment below.