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Japanese Cherry Blossoms Bloom in Washington D.C , 1935.
This is easily the most time consuming photo I have ever worked on.This colorization, along with some retouching work I am completing for clients, is the reason for the lack of recent updates
The original black and white photo comes from the Harris & Ewing archives courtesy of the Library of Congress and was taken in Washington D.C in 1935. This photo was taken in the same year that the first National Cherry Blossom Festival was held, which is now an annual event.The Japanese cherry blossom trees were a gift from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo City to the city of Washington D.C. as a gesture of friendship between Japan and America.
I began working on this photo a few months back, but never committed a substantial amount of time to finishing until a few weeks ago. The colors and shading were really coming together and I really wanted to see this black and white photo finished. I decided to put all my other photos aside and focus only on restoring and colorizing this particular photo until it was completely done.
Colorizing the cherry blossoms was a feat in itself, but the small branches were the most tedious and time consuming aspects of this photo. Here is an isolated image of the branches to just give an idea of how intricate and time consuming they were.
I am really pleased with how this one turned out and equally happy that it is complete and done with.
Below is the original photo along with my full size restoration and colorization.