One afternoon I went on a jacaranda tour with my camera, wandering through local neighborhoods where the trees were blooming (in Long Beach, California, USA). When the jacaranda trees bloom, I can hear them calling my name. I usually respond by making closeup photos of the blossoms, but this time I wanted to capture the stately grace of an entire tree and use a Lensbaby optic to convey the dreamy quality of the blossoming branches. Of the many jacaranda trees I photographed that afternoon, this one spoke to me and even seemed to dance as the breeze played among her blossoms.
This image was composed in camera (no crop) and only minimally processed. (Olympus E-5 & Lensbaby Composer Pro/Sweet 35, f/4, 1/2500 sec., ISO 200, afternoon sun, handheld)
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