Video: "Sakura" Cherry Blossoms in Stephen's Green
I've been fascinated by Cherry trees for a long time. I love the beautiful delicate flowers that bloom for only the most fleeting of times. In Dublin we have quite a few trees about the city, but in St. Stephen's Green park in the centre of the capital there are some beautiful and large trees. I've been photographing them for many years, but this season I wanted to capture the delicate movements as the branches danced in the wind. I've also been a bit obsessed with Japan and Japanese culture lately too, and I love the traditions surrounding Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) and so I wanted to pay tribute to the Japanese traditions, spirituality and heritage of these beautiful flowers and trees in the video too.
Technical Details: This was shot on a Canon 5D Mark II using the "Prolost" settings. I also got to try out my excellent safari Tripod properly for the first time. Having a proper fluid head tripod for video makes all the difference in the world, and the Safari Tripod is great because it's small, light and cheap, but still has proper levelling controls and it's a proper fluid head even though it's small meaning you can do very smooth motions. The video was edited in Premiere Pro CC, and exported as an XML sequence to Davinci Resolve Light for colour grading. Once finished, I rendered the sequence back to Premiere for finishing, and then exported the final finished sequence as a relatively high bit rate H264 MP4 for uploading to Vimeo.
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