Cherry blossoms (“sakura” in Japanese – kanji shown in lower right corner of image) at South Coast Botanic Garden (Palos Verdes, California, USA) in a previous year that was especially good for the beautiful clouds of pink blooms. The bare simplicity of these branches with just a few bloom clusters reminded me of haiku. (Zuiko 70-300mm zoom at 141mm [282mm in full-frame 35mm equivalent], f/4.4, 1/250 sec., ISO 400, hazy afternoon sun, handheld) Post-processing in Photoshop CS6 using Topaz Clarity (blossoms only) plus textures (“Handmade rice paper” by Enchantedgal at DeviantART, “Square-174” from Jerry Jones’ Shadowhouse Creations, and “Dancing Cattails” from the Midsummer Dream set at Isabelle Lafrance Photography), slight overall desaturation and some localized blurring (masked) to further emphasize the painterly look.

Featured in RedBubble Explore, 7 Day Popular Art, Design & Photography (November 2013)

Top 10 (2nd Place) in “Spring is in the Air” challenge in All Glorious Gardens (March 2014)

Top 10 (3rd place) in “November – Stems” challenge in Flower Works group (November 2013)

Featured in International Women’s Photography (13 November 2013)

Featured in Bicolor Beauties (11 November 2013)

Featured in Textures Unlimited (8 November 2013)

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  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...12 months ago

    Cherry blossoms (“sakura” in Japanese – kanji shown in lower right corner of image) at South Coast Botanic Garden Textures used are “Handmade rice paper” by Enchantedgal at DeviantART, “Square-174” from Jerry Jones’ Shadowhouse Creations, and “Dancing Cattails” from the Midsummer Dream set at Isabelle Lafrance Photography).

  • TonyCrehan
    TonyCrehan12 months ago

    Lovely work Celeste….great choice and use of textures.

  • Thanks very much, Tony. I was after a mood, and the textures helped me achieve it.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Sharon House
    Sharon House12 months ago

    So absolutely beautiful Celeste ….. simply heart touching ….

  • Thank you so much for your wonderful compliment, Sharon!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Dr. Harmeet Singh
    Dr. Harmeet Singh12 months ago

    Beautiful

  • Thank you very much, Harmeet!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devine12 months ago

    Very pretty – a little like a parchment painting!

  • Thank you, Bette! I was actually after the look of rice paper, but there’s a shared natural quality between it and parchment.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Lynn Gedeon
    Lynn Gedeon12 months ago

    Wonderful work, Celeste! Beautiful simplicity!

  • Lynn, thanks very much!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • fauselr
    fauselr12 months ago

    Beautiful

  • Thanks very much, Ray!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • kristijohnson
    kristijohnson12 months ago

    So gorgeous! I love your texture work!

  • I’m so glad you like it, Kristi, thank you!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • John44
    John4412 months ago

    BEAUTIFUL.

  • Thank you, John!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheep12 months ago

    Very beautiful, Celeste!! Wonderful textures and color….love this parchment look!

  • Thank you very much, Gena!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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