The Cherry blossoms are generally in full bloom mid-January through February. Mt Yaedake and Nakijin castle are the most popular viewing locations for the Cherry blossoms. Some of the most beautiful trees can also be found in residential areas and public parks.
Every year I try to create an original photograph of the Cherry Blossoms. Something that has not been done before. Below are some of my favourite photographs using specialized blue lights during the night.
People often ask me what kind of camera setup do I use to create these images.
Lightpainting with the Sola nightsea.
I did some light painting comparisons using UV 385nm instead of 450nm. I used my sons Nike shoe as a background. The shoelaces fluoresced bright orange and the heal fluorescence bright green. I wanted to create something unique.
It can be challenging to photograph the animals that feed on the blossoms. I have photographed fruit bats, birds and insect feeding on the sweet-smelling blossoms.
The Japanese White-eye (Mejiro) is the most popular animal to photograph in the trees.
The Okinawa rail is a flightless bird endemic to northern Okinawa. It is currently listed as an endangered species. This was my first time documenting this behaviour.
Have a great day!