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Hydrangea festival

First post in 2020 and I’m still catching up. Was planning on posting few times a week to clear up the backlog and start up new year afresh, but alas I was busy with moving and generally too lazy during holiday, so that didn’t last for too long. I will try to at least clear the stuff up before it gets completely out of hand. I’m finally at June. June in Japan means start of rainy season called 梅雨 (tsuyu), with it as the name suggests lot of rain, but also it’s a season where Hydrangea starts blooming pretty much everywhere. Not that far from where I live(d) is a temple at which there seemed to be some Hydrangea festival (or so I saw on a poster near my home) so although bit early into the season I went to check it out.
It unfortunately still was quite early, so the flowers weren’t at their full potential, but even despite that there was plenty of people going around with cameras and enjoying the view. Hydrangea has plenty different colours and shapes of the flowers, so it was quite nice to see so many and compare them one to another. Before diving into the flowers, I strolled a bit around the temple itself, I went past it few times, but never had taken my time to go around and take some photos.
Although most of the flowers were still small and still far from peak I was able to walk around a bit and snap few photos. I was thinking of going there again some later day, but as with rainy season the weather was very bad, and when it finally got better the flowers were already over. I kinda wished I had some lens with close focus capability on me, but even now I still haven’t bought one. Will place some shots I managed to get below without any more comments, as there isn’t much to comment on. I definitely need to rethink the lens situation before this year’s season starts.

Hydrangea season 2018

Every year together with rainy season, tons of colorful Hydrangeas all starts to bloom all over Japan. Plenty of people here enjoys them on the same level as much more famous Cherry Blossoms and during that season all social media here are full of photos of flowers and various portraits with mostly blue flowers in the background. Last year it was just at the time when I moved here, so although I did take few photos here and there, I didn’t really have enough time to go for a proper shoot.
This year stuff has calmed down (maybe bit too much), so I figured it might be good time to try to capture some too. Weather hasn’t been really good at that time, it was rainy season after all, so although it was very cloudy I went to nearby garden, which seems to be famous for it’s Hydrangeas. It really was spectacular view, since there were numbers of variations and slight colors ranging from ping to deep blue and some white as well.
The garden was quite big as well and it took some time to go from one end to the other. Despite the weather there were lots of people there as well, there also was some “photo walk” thingy with few older guys carrying very expensive cameras all taking pictures of same three poor gilrs trying to pose for them, it was quite funny view.
I tried my best to take photos without anyone in, which was quite difficult at times. Though next time trying more of portraiture themed shoot might be good idea as well. Hence why I put the 2018 in the title, as I expect to have few similarly themed shoots in coming years. Most likely from different locations though, as I feel that place doesn’t have much else to offer.