Pretty Girl in Cherry Blossoms

Charity Update

Team Stuck In Customs has put just over $8,000 into Kiva… thanks everyone! To see more and join in the fun, visit our Charity page. Here’s a snippit from the page…. some of the stuff I have personally put money into:

I have lent money to a small potato farm in Peru started by a 25-year-old mom named Elizabeth, a bicycle repair shop in Vietnam managed by a gal named Nguyen Thi Huong, a car mechanic’s shop in Lebanon run by a gentleman named Ali, an 18-year-old girl named Iris in El Salvador that sells pretty flowers, a small livestock operation in Tajikistan run by a 47 year old gentleman named Tochidin, a family of 7 in Cambodia that does wooden house construction, a 39-year-old photographer in Mongolia named Batnairamdal who took a bad photo of himself, a small meat market in Ghana run by a 70 year old woman named Ama, a mom named Essi in Togo who sells dried fish, a 24-year-old gal in Ecuador named Cristina who sells rice, sugar, and tuna, and last, a 41-year-old woman in Nicaragua named Gladis who sells cosmetics and jewelry so her children can have a better quality of life.

Daily Photo – Pretty Girl in Cherry Blossoms

I started riding the wave of the cherry blossom bloom in Osaka before ending up here in Kyoto. All the news stations in Japan have a long nightly report that shows a fluttering line of pink cherry blossoms that flow across the map from the west to the east.

It’s a huge national celebration — and it’s really fun to be part of the sensation. There are hundreds of tiny and large parks all over the country that have cultivated gardens of these special trees. I visited a few dozen, and I enjoyed wandering around taking photos while the blossoms fell down like gentle pink snow. Millions of Japanese people also go out to enjoy the event. This girl was standing alone under a tree, taking photos and just sort of smiling, enjoying everything. I gave her the international sign for “mind if I take a photo???” She gave me a little bow along with a mouth-covering giggle before relaxing into a smile.

Pretty Girl in Cherry Blossoms

Photo Information

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  • Aperturef/1.4
  • ISO220
  • Focal Length50mm (50mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

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  • casusan

    Lovely girl…beautiful cherry blossoms! Congrats on Kiva – amazing success stories!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrandybird/4688012425/ Andy Bird

    Beautiful portrait – i got a few decent portraits in NYC that i’m really excited about posting over the coming weeks. I think it might be because of my illustration background but i find the hunt for exciting portrait subject matter extremely thrilling – either that or i just need to get out more haha! Great work :)

  • Seru

    Is it just me, or is this image out of focus?

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrandybird/ Andy Bird

    I looked at 100% Seru and it’s in no way out of focus – portraits are usually of a softer nature anyway. Whether or not it’s been made to look softer I don’t know but It works anyway.

  • Gail in Montana

    Pretty photo of a pretty girl in cherry blossoms. Congrats on the contributions you, yourself, have made. Hope more keeps coming in, great time of year to do it!!! Thanks for sharing, have a great week!!!!

  • http://www.wowphotoshdr.com Jim

    The 50mm f1.4 is perfect and this folks is why you buy a prime lense. Nice job Trey.

  • http://flickr.com/photos/edenbrackstone Eden Brackstone

    Sweet Trey, portraits are something I’m a little scared to take on… See the landscape doesn’t have a go at me if I make it look ugly, lol. Love the Bokeh by the way, I had a bit of fun a few months back filming fireworks out of focus: http://vimeo.com/16338350

    For Lord of the Rings fans reading this, here is an HDR taken near one of the locations in the trilogy, see if you can pinpoint ti ;-)
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/edenbrackstone/5257853782/

  • http://timetotakepictures.blogspot.com Keith

    Beautiful shot! And thanks for turning me on to Kiva, what a great way to help.

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Stuck In Customs

    Thanks all!

    Seru – yes the cherry blossoms are out of focus

  • http://graffitilogic.smugmug.com Bill Dodd

    Neat shot Trey.

    Man, how do you approach people about stuff like this? I mean, I’d feel like a complete creep out on photo walks asking someone if I can take their picture. I mean, if it was an older redneck couple standing in front of their barn with a pitchfork and sour looks on their face, it seems like it would be a little easier (Clearly, they’d be asking for it with that pose) than just approaching an individual that happens to be there.

    Do you do the whole formal model release crap or just strike up a conversation and work it in?

    So glad I’m already married, the whole social decorum for things like this eludes me.

  • http://graffitilogic.smugmug.com Bill Dodd

    Like, the one I have in mind is this one: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuckincustoms/198735994/in/set-72157594238138148/

    This person isn’t naturally photogenic like the model in today’s shot. Just interesting.
    How do you approach something like that. You mentioned the international sign of “can I take your picture”? What is that? A sheepish grin with shrugged shoulders and a raised Nikon? :)

  • http://www.danroads.com Dan Roads

    Very pretty Trey! This reminds me of an episode of ‘Flashforward’ where ‘Hiro’ meets a Japanese girl amongst some blossom trees. Looks very similar :).

  • http://geckogr.deviantart.com Reinhard

    Yes…Seru has a point…. depending where the focus should sit….in portraits it is usually the eyes…. here you got her eyebrows / tip of her nose…eyes and mouth are out of range.
    As I do also a lot of 1.4 open lens photographie it is hard to get it right to the point (specially live on the street)…. best is to use live view, a display lupe and magnification as the AF sometime hits something else…..
    Still i love the photo…. the background and the really pretty girl does the trick

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/fullcex Filip Farag

    Wow…She is really sweet. :) 50 prime?

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Stuck In Customs

    Hehe thanks all.

    Bill – well, yes – you don’t want to see creepy… I did write up a lot about taking photos of people – you may enjoy it at
    http://www.stuckincustoms.com/2010/10/03/five-tips-for-photographing-people/ Hehe… about the international sign – it’s not sheepish.. It’s confident and cool… sheepish can get a strange reaction.

    Richard – thanks! Well.. look hehe… It’s “sharp enough”… I think people sometimes get too caught up in having things be perfectly perfect in focus stuff… if you fiddle around forever getting things just right, often times the moment will pass and things people can look forced. Know what I mean? So I just go for it and get that quick moment even if I am off by a few mm.

  • http://www.flickr.com/lenscrack Ray

    Wow, you were right in your Twitter post – who wouldn’t click on that link!? And well worth the trip. Gorgeous.

  • http://graffitilogic.smugmug.com Bill Dodd

    Thanks Trey, Great photo of the day as usual and thanks for the linkage.

    Can’t believe I missed that one.

  • http://kirantarun.com/lens Kiran

    Beautiful girl, amazing shot! I want to visit Japan for it’s cherry blossoms :D

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/ariukamo/ Ariukamo

    Woooonderful shot + processing! Love the cherry lips

  • http://from2withlove.blogspot.com Beta

    Beautiful lady and beautiful portrait! I love it!

  • http://www.bfhstudios.com/blog Brian Hoffsis

    Beautiful!

  • Richard

    Great photo, Trey…I look forward to taking one like that of my lady in the same place! She loves cherry blossoms

  • http://maxhodges.com max hodges

    It looks like you may have used some post-processing tricks to increase local contrast or something, but the model looks soft and muddy and the background is very abstract and distracting. The dynamic range looks crushed and the overall image seems quite flat.

    Here’s a simple portrait for comparison: instead a cherry blossom background, my Japanese model is standing in front of some weeds in Kyoto, wearing my flannel shirt. You don’t need HDR tricks to capture dramatic lighting. It was created in-camera with the sun as a flash for fill:
    http://maximalism.maxhodges.com/post/2681300668/sea-la-wears-abercrombie-fitch-mens-muscle-fit

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