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High Park Cherry Blossoms - Sunday, May 5th - 2pm

UPDATE:

Cherry trees are in full blossom (see photos to the left and below which I took today) and for more information be sure to check out the following web site as they update it daily: http://www.highparktoronto.com/forum.php for updates.

 

Now that Spring has sprung... join us for a  photographic tour of High Park and the beautiful cherry blossoms on the Sakura trees.

We'll meet outside the main entrance of the park at Bloor St. and High Park Ave at 2 PM.

Please make sure you show up before 2:15 if you want to walk with us.

It looks like it is going to be sunny this Sunday which is great because the trees look to be in their full glory this weekend.

More information about the cherry trees in High Park can be found here:

http://www.highparktoronto.com/cherry-trees.php

Here are some photos of the trees in full bloom I took today (Thursday May 2nd)...

 

I'm looking forward to seeing you all there.

 

Stephen James

Organizer

Toronto Photographic Meetup Group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Margarita

    THANK YOU BELOVED FRIEND STEPHEN. I LOVE YOUR MEETUPS MOSTLY BECAUSE I HAVE FUN WITH BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE LIKE YOU.
    THSNK YOU!!!!!! ( *^_^*)

    May 6, 2013

  • jasmine

    Great time!

    May 5, 2013

    • Stephen H.

      Glad you had fun. Great to meet you. I'll send you your photos tomorrow... almost done working on them. :)

      1 · May 6, 2013

    • jasmine

      Love the photos! So glad to have met some wonderful ppl! Can't wait for contact festival meetup!

      May 6, 2013

  • Stephen H.

    Thanks for everyone who came out today, and thanks for posting your photos in our photo album section. I'm not sure if everyone knows, but we have a vibrant and growing Facebook group where you can post your best photos. It's great to get feedback from other members so I encourage you to join the discussion here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/torontophotographic/

    2 · May 6, 2013

  • ARIF H.

    It was really nice meeting lots of new people. Steve thanks to you for answering all of my questions. Looking forward for future meetups.

    May 5, 2013

  • RPG D.

    great to meet new people...sorry that I wandered off there but I had to meet up other people at the park :-)

    May 5, 2013

    • Simon C.

      I think everyone wandered off... After about 20 minutes I'd lost track of pretty much everyone!

      May 5, 2013

    • Lillian

      Actually I wandered off too and wondered where everyone else went! And then I got a call on my cell which meant that meeting up with anyone after that was next to impossible.

      May 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was interesting. I did not know what to expect. I realized that if I new more about photography I would be able to ask questions... Therefore, I will sigh up for fundamentals of photography workshop.

    1 · May 5, 2013

  • Lisa

    Sorry I arrived a few minutes late and couldn't find the group

    May 5, 2013

  • Dania J.

    Parking was a bit challenging and we walked a good distance to meet up but, we did not observe any particular signage for our group, so we proceeded without the group.

    May 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry for last mins RSVP and also got here really late :-( I know I have miss out all of u but I didn't miss out the beautiful full blossoms... OMG, it's so crowded...

    May 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry, wont be able to make it

    May 5, 2013

  • Amelia

    Stephen - I'm running late but I'll try to find you to say hi when I get there. :)

    May 5, 2013

  • Bimal

    Hi Stephen,I thought of going to high park at 6.30AM today morning and was surprised to see crowd!!! No parking available...Had to circle @ 15 mins to get parking.....I left at @ 10am and it was getting crazy!! I will look forward meeting you soon at some other meet up!!!

    May 5, 2013

    • Stephen H.

      Yes it seems like everyone and their family is there the last couple days. Parking will be at a premium.. best to come by subway I think... and there's lots of trees all over the park and shooting up into them should eliminate the crowds in your photos...

      May 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I woke not feeling too good. This was meant to be my first outing :(

    May 5, 2013

    • Stephen H.

      Sorry to hear that. Maybe the weather will sort you out health-wise. :)

      May 5, 2013

  • Margarita

    Hi Steve is this right outside what subway station?

    May 5, 2013

    • Margarita

      OK LOVE...THANKS...I AM A BIT OF A ALWAYS GET LOST TYPE OF GIRL!! BUT, I WILL FIND YOU THANKS FOR ALL THE DIRECTIONS!!!! LOOKING FORWARD TO SEE YOU MY DEAR FRIEND!!;-)

      May 5, 2013

    • Stephen H.

      Me too.. its been awhile muchacha... how have you been?

      May 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, will you be holding a sign or anything? Or should I just be looking out for a big group of people?

    May 5, 2013

    • Stephen H.

      Nope.. no signs.. just a bunch of photographers on the corner with lots of cameras... you won't miss us. I'll be holding a camera with a monster white lens... :)

      May 5, 2013

  • Miranda

    Hi Steve, I love your middle shot here of the cherry blossoms. How did you do it, to isolate only a few of the blossoms? Thanks in advance.

    May 5, 2013

    • Stephen H.

      Hi Miranda, I used a zoom lens at full zoom (105mm) and f/4 aperture to somewhat blur the background. I made sure my centre focus point was chosen so that everything behind it would be blurred (DOF). Today I'm bringing a huge lens - my[masked]mm with a 2x extender making it[masked]mm so that I can really zoom in and blur the background even more.

      May 5, 2013

    • Miranda

      thanks Steve

      May 5, 2013

  • Margarita

    I just checked it's the High park subway station can't we just meet there outside the station at the entrance of the park ? As we did for the colours of the fall?

    May 5, 2013

  • Lisa

    Hi Stephen What is the approximate end time? And will you be speaking about photography tips along the walk?

    May 5, 2013

    • Stephen H.

      Hey Lisa, there's no planned end time but perhaps around 8pm... the blossoms should look great at sunset. Yes I am available for people's questions about photographing the blossom or any other questions. Because there will be so many people coming, I won't be giving a lecture per se but definitely will be helping people out on an individual basis. Much more interactive that way.

      May 5, 2013

  • Graham

    Where do you want to meet? Maybe at the Grenadier?

    May 4, 2013

    • Stephen H.

      We'll be outside the Bloor St. Entrance on the southwest corner of Bloor and High Park Ave

      May 4, 2013

  • Peter V

    Just FYI, I was there today (Saturday) at 2pm - huge crowds! Take a look...
    http://photos4.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/8/c/e/8/highres_232116072.jpeg

    May 4, 2013

    • Stephen H.

      Not to worry, we can shoot up into the trees...

      May 4, 2013

  • Jeannie C

    I just found out that I can make it! Really looking forward and I will be at High Park entrance at 2 sharp. Jeannie

    May 4, 2013

  • Andrew M.

    I'm bringing my wife Rebecca! Can't wait!

    May 4, 2013

  • Miranda

    looking forward to it

    May 4, 2013

  • David I.

    High Park Cherry Blossom latest Watch (May 2nd) from High Park Nature Centre -
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=531522150222789

    I think: it will be prefect on this coming Sat. & Sun. !!!

    May 2, 2013

    • Stephen H.

      Did you see the photos I took yesterday at the park? They are featured in the information section above.. so yes.. the blossoms are ... blossoming :)

      May 3, 2013

  • Stephen H.

    I've updated this page to reflect the fact that the cherry trees are in full bloom and looking beautiful for this weekend. See information above.

    May 2, 2013

  • Diego E M.

    See you there guys

    May 1, 2013

  • Hayfa

    Sorry I cant make it this week. Hopfully you will organize another activity nextweek. enjoy and have fun

    May 1, 2013

  • Dmitry

    The park's website says that the blooming will start on 5th, but the full bloom is achieved in about a week after the first blossoms. Are you still planning to go on Sunday?

    April 30, 2013

    • Stephen H.

      Yes... Sunday is the day of the event

      April 30, 2013

  • Margarita

    Awesome!!!!let's do it!!!!;-)

    April 30, 2013

  • ani

    hi, can I come? : )

    April 30, 2013

  • Michael H.

    Hopefully blossoming there.

    April 29, 2013

  • Stephen H.

    UPDATE: This from the High Park Web Site:

    Blossoms, April 26, 2013 , posted by Bill , [masked]
    Pic taken 13:30 4/26/13. Blossoms 7 to 10 days away.

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=520508148006432&set=a.510012135722700.1073741825.100001417557030&type=1&theater

    April 26, 2013

  • Jessy K.

    I'm gonna join you.

    April 26, 2013

  • Colin M.

    Now I can go. Excellent.

    April 26, 2013

  • rIC ANGELes l.

    I'm out of the country by then :-(

    April 26, 2013

  • Jude T.

    New DSLR user and would love to get instruction of meetup buddies:)

    April 26, 2013

  • William

    Is it time yet? I heard it is not blossoming yet.

    April 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I was there last night and the buds are sill quite small. Blooming will probably not happen until early next week.

      April 26, 2013

    • Stephen H.

      I've changed the date to May 5th, 2pm

      April 26, 2013

  • Stephen H.

    Looks like Cherry Blossoms WON'T be in blossom this weekend according to the web site admin from the link above: Cherry trees, April 26, 2013 , posted by Admin

    No blooming for the weekend of the 27th of April. Check http://www.highparktoronto.com/forum.php for updates. As such I'm changing the the date to Next Sunday, May 5th.

    April 26, 2013

  • Meghan G.

    would it be alright if my husband and daughter came with me?

    April 25, 2013

  • Hayfa

    nice activity

    April 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    April 24, 2013

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