The Kyoto Cherry Blossom Bloom

The Nikon D3S Review

The last time I made a short video like this, I put it on the Nikon D3S Review page.  I’ll be sure to put this one on too.  It’s a pretty good indication of how cool this camera is… and the sorts of things you can do with it.

I must say, it’s quite nice to be able to grab little moments here and there between photos.  There is something that is very nice about video where you can get a few things you just can’t with a photo.  It’s not better or worse… just different.  It has taken me a little while to get used to — the idea that I can just take video any time without having to carry around another video camera.

Of course, you don’t need a D3S to do this… you can do it with a Nikon D90 and a lot of other new mid-range cameras nowadays.

Daily Surprise – The Kyoto Cherry Blossom Bloom

I’ve always wanted to come to Kyoto when the cherry blossoms are blooming, so this is really exciting.  Everything is even more beautiful than I imagined… there are thousands and thousands of these trees here that have a soft pink that is impossible to describe.  I’m not sure the video below can do it justice… we’ll have to wait until I have time to process some of the photos to see if I can make it as real as it is when I am here.

I flew into Osaka, found the bus to Kyoto, arrived, checked in, dumped my stuff in my room, then blew out into the streets with all my gear.   It was dusk when I left, so I decided to record 24 hours worth of video from one dusk until the next, grabbing little moments here and there.  All of it was shot with my D3S, which I now carry around with my D3X — I have my little system fully described (and on video) on the Photo Bag page.

  • Hi !

    You should have cross or meet Jeffrey Friedl ( He also have a nice post about cherry blossom in Kyoto !

    Your video is great, but you go to Kyoto only for that ? I wish have do the same, quite an exciting job !


  • Beautiful !
    Thank you for sharing.

    I do not know if you know of Morikami Park in Florida, it is a beautiful Japanese garden near where I live, I have a few photos of their Hatsume Fair:

  • Lacey

    Oh, I can’t wait until you post some of your photos!
    Cherry blossoms are my favorite =)

    Another wonderful place to take pictures of flowers is the Japanese Garden in San Francisco. I love taking walks through there to unwind; it’s very peaceful.
    For flowers in general, check out the Huntington Rose Garden or the Bonfante Gardens in Gilroy.

    Happy picture-taking!

  • Richard

    Love that format.. fading to white between little snippets of springtime in tokyo. What a beautiful place. Your excellent eye works for video as well as pics. I’ve got the d90. I’ve got to mess around with that. Thanks for sharing… 🙂

  • Thanks everyone – glad you like it…

    Klee – no I came for more than just that ! 🙂 but happy to see it while I was here

  • Mike

    Beautiful. I wish i could be there too!

  • casusan

    Love the video Trey – it’s so beautiful there! The blossoms are gorgeous glad you got to take photos! When I saw this on facebook the music was perfect – but on your site it kept cutting in and out – could be a diffent computer but I don’t know.

  • Noah

    Fantastic Trey! That camera sure captures video nicely as well as stills. What did you use to edit the shots together and did you use any post filtering on teh videos?


  • Jamie Zartman

    Trey, still waiting for the Samsung TL350 with that magical 240 fps and 1080P. Beautiful cherry blossom video BUT alas, in flash, so no can show on iPad.

    Safe journeys.

    Jamie Z

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  • Awesome video Trey. I must do something like this too!

  • love cherry blossoms, they’re really a great photo subject

  • Thanks everyone ! 🙂

  • Tony

    What is the name of the instrument in the opening and closing scenes?

  • Tiffany

    Trey, would you please tell me the name of the song snippet that you used to embed in this video?

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