Archive for March 13th, 2009



Pepper Tree

Pepper Tree

Pepper trees, though a non-native, are a prominent feature of the landscape in and around San Diego in the spring. They grow tall and the spectacular display of bright red flowers in February and March is something to see. It certainly adds to the semi-tropical look. Pepper trees above and Bird of Paradise plants (of all sizes) below.

This cluster of late blooms hung just in reach of the longest zoom setting on my H50. Because of the long zoom, however, the bokeh is almost as interesting as the flowers themselves: certainly it sets off the massed red well.

In Lightroom, I used my normal Vibrance and Clarity boost, but also some fill light (the flowers were on the shaded side of the tree). Portrait sharpen preset. I also cropped in a bit tighter, eliminating most of a distracting branch on the left.

Sony DSC H50 at full tel (465mm equivalent). F4.5 @ 1/320th @ ISO 100. Programed Auto.

From San Diego 2009.