Cooling Off with Pastel Cherry-Blossom Desktop Backgrounds

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Kyoto Spring
Desktop Backgrounds

It's hot and humid in Kyoto now, so I'd like to try to cool off by returning to the quintessential pleasantness of Kyoto's spring.

The image above was made by applying the same Photoshop “Darken” blend-mode technique that I used to create the Color of Kyoto foliage desktop background last fall, but this time to a pair of pictures I took during a cherry-blossom outing in April.

Links below the picture are to desktop-sized images in both widescreen and standard versions.

Unlike the previous time where I used three pictures, I used only two this time. Also, instead of near/fall focus points, this time I varied the depth of field. Overall, it still creates a mostly muted, pastel-like result. Here's a portion at 50% resolution:

Here are the two images used in creating the first one above. The water is the Kyoto Biwako Canal, as seen from about the same place from which I made the first shot in this post about night long-exposure cherry blossoms.

f /11 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl,
Nikon D200 + Sigma 30mm f/1.4 — 1/125 sec, f/11, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
f /1.4 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl,
Nikon D200 + Sigma 30mm f/1.4 — 1/4000 sec, f/1.4, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos

One comment so far...

Gorgeous composition! Could/should be on a Hallmark greeting card.

— comment by Grandma Friedl on July 1st, 2007 at 10:14pm JST (16 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink
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