Outside, hoping for spring and a little warmer weather, I noticed this tree blossom. It caught my eye because it seemed to be the only bud that had blossomed almost completely. Iâ€™m not sure why it was so much earlier than the others. It also seemed to be lit exclusively by the setting sun making the color really pop. I think the light was filtered by the other trees and branches everywhere but just the area around this blossom, and some of the buds. I almost passed up taking a photo of this while I just kept looking at it, thinking how cool it looked and trying to figure out just how the light was getting to it. Then I thought, hey that could be a good shot if I could make the image show the lighting on the blossom the way it appeared in true life. Iâ€™m an amateur at best so getting a final image to convey the actual appearance (while not going too far with it) can be a challenge. I had to move fairly quickly once I made the decision to try and preserve the image because I didnâ€™t know how long the lighting would last. I used an aperture of 9.0 because I wanted to make the blossom the star of the image, but I didnâ€™t want to completely lose all of the detail of the buds close to it. It was a little difficult to get close enough to frame the blossom with a 55mm since the blossom was in a tree, but I eventually managed. I usually shoot in RAW and then process the final. The only crop was to match 8X10 formatting. I did use Photoshop Elements to lighten the blossom very slightly in trying and match the appearance of the actual lighting. In hindsight I think if I wouldâ€™ve spot metered the blossom it may have been more accurate. But this couldâ€™ve cost too much detail in the area around the blossom. I will give it a try if given the same lighting conditions again. Either way Iâ€™m pleased with the results. I hope you like it.