It's early February here in Okinawa and the cherry blossoms have been out for over a week now. Cherry blossoms carry a special significance here in Japan, with it symbolizing the start of spring. One thing I've noticed different from the cherry blossoms here in Okinawa vs. the ones in Tokyo, they seem to be more red in color. The ones in Tokyo are a very light pink; almost white.
There are numerous festivals and celebrations in locations with lots of cherry trees. I decided I wanted to avoid the crowds and found a small park near my home with a few trees with cherry blossoms. I grabbed my camera and the 60mm macro lens and started shooting from a lot of different compositions. It was a fun time to practice getting focus with this lens when you are only a couple inches from the subject. Of course the beauty of macro lenses are the ability to get the wonderful bokeh (background out of focus). With a 120mm equivalent focal length and usually only 3-4 inches from the blossoms, I can get the background out of focus even at f8 - f10. I kept the processing only in Lightroom this time because there was no reason to use anything else. Please enjoy the gallery below.