My first video piece, Snow of Cherry Blossoms, I shot on 2nd and 3rd of April 2018 during the last two days of Cherry Blossom season at Philosopher’s Path (哲学の道), which is one of the most famous places to view cherry blossoms in Kyoto, the historical capital of Japan. Located in the northern part of the city, the narrow stone path leads its traveller along a channel with hundreds of cherry trees hanging their branches over it. When the flowers start to fall, everything on the ground and the water flowing in the channel becomes covered with pink and white petals. Just a small breeze will lift those weightless and fragile things up in the air making them look like dancing snowflakes, until they slowly fall on the ground again. Although there are many visitors enjoying the beauty of the scene, the atmosphere is nice and calm as everyone respects each other. There is no hustle. You can see a lot of people dressed in colorful kimono taking pictures of themselves and the flowers. Everyone smiles!
In this short film I try to bring forth the beauty described above, which comes into being both from the charm of the scenery and from the atmosphere created by the people enjoying it. The music recorded on location is performed by Kazuhiro Oishi. This video also represents an important part of my learning process. It has been very hard or at least time consuming to get pictures of sakura that would convey its beauty and I already had gotten some I am happy with, so I decided to take it a bit easier and try something completely new for me. Here you see the result! The video was shot in 4K Motion JPEG on Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with C-Log upgrade provided by Canon Service Center and edited in Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2018. The LUT I used to convert C-Log to rec.709 is the original one from Canon. I adjusted the colors to my liking but no creative LUT has been applied.