For years, I’ve been on a quest to photograph the Jacaranda Trees when blooming. Huge beautiful purple blossoms that are extremely tricky to photograph. Lighting, shadows, and color saturation make it almost impossible to get a good photo. Add in the typical weather pattern of May Gray and June Gloom–the fog from the Catalina Eddy that envelopes San Diego like a blanket protecting us from the Sunny Skys.
However, this year the Jacaranda Trees bloomed early. They used be in full color during June, but this year they started in April. Now, early May and the purple trees are in full bloom. So there is a chance of getting a tree highlighted by the long rays of the mrning or evening sun. Now the challenge is finding a tree not obscured by power lines or other unsightly urban views. And I finally am getting a half decent photo. Still not perfect, but there are those three’s in Brengle Terrace (a local park) that might be perfect this week if the weather cooperates (I.e. No fog in the evening).
The first photo shows the raw data–the first good picture. Then I cropped and played with the image to make something that looks like an oil painting.
The third photo only has a bit of cropping and brightness contrast. Not quite raw, but close to it.