Photographer's Note

The cherry blossom (sakura) is Japan's unofficial national flower. It has been celebrated for many centuries and holds a very prominent position in Japanese culture. There are many dozens of different cherry tree varieties in Japan, most of which bloom for just a couple of days in spring. The seasonal spectacle is celebrated with hanami (cherry blossom viewing) parties under the trees.


This photo was taken in one of the many parks around Tokyo.

Post editing workflow (Photoshop):
Added contrast and clarity, added dark vignette, removed some disturbing details with the clone stamp, brightened some shadow areas, masked the cherry blossoms and increased the exposure and vibrance a bit, added a frame finally.

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