•The trail showcases the beauty of almond, plum, apricot, peach, nectarine, apple and citrus orchards.
•More than 10,000 visitors view the trail and generate about $1 million to the local economy.
The Fresno County Blossom Trail is a photographer’s haven with pink, white and red blossoms at this time of year.
The Blossom Trail is a self-guided motor and bike tour of blossoming orchards along country road, showcasing the beauty of almond, plum, apricot, peach, nectarine, apple and citrus trees.
An estimated 10,000 to 20,000 visitors view parts or all of the trail each year and generate about $1 million to the local economy. The current season is in varying stages of full bloom and should run until the end of March.
“It is still very beautiful,” says Kristi Johnson, tourism manager for the Fresno County Office of Tourism, which coordinates Blossom Trail events.
If you go, pack your camera or phone.
The Bee talked with those who enjoy outdoor photography to gather seven tips for photographing the Blossom Trail.
Shoot from road shoulder
All the orchards on the trail are private property. “You can get great shots from the shoulder, and you shouldn’t be marching in to private property,” says Johnson, who posts photos that she takes on the Blossom Trail website.
Back off the bees
Getting close-ups of bees is a test. They can sting people invading their space. “We warn about the bees,” Johnson says. “The Blossom Trail is pollination time.”
Look for contrast
Stefanie Lange took a photo with her Samsung Galaxy S4 in the middle of rows of trees blooming with white pedals. Taller limbs contrasted against a background of blue sky. Some fallen white petals also seemed like polka dots on top of greenery. She posted the photo at goblossomtrail.com.
“The sky was really nice and clear and blue, and I was trying to get that in contrast to the white blossoms,” she says.
Find a favorite app
Lange recommends PicsArt, a free, all-in-one, photo-editing and drawing app and a social network. “It helps to make a collage,” she says.
Avoid clutter in picture
Doug Holck, former executive pastor and minister of music at Peoples Church who is launching a business specializing in outdoor photography, says to always have a focal point in your shot — what you are pointing to.
“There’s a tendency to get things really cluttered,” he says. “I came back with one shot and said, ‘It doesn’t work. I have too much in it.’ ”
Look for light
Holck says to look for light on the subject. “A lot of pictures don’t turn out because we’re shooting into shadows or into the light,” says Holck, who likes using a Nikon D5200. “Find out where the light is and shoot.”
Get happy faces, too
It’s easy to focus on just blooms. But Meng Vang and his wife, BoNhia Lee, went to a blooming orchard to take a photo of their daughter, Lana Vang, on her first birthday. Surrounded by blooms, Mom held Lana, and Dad used an iPhone 5.
“When we were there, six or seven people also were there, exploring the blossoms, too,” Vang says. “We were trying to squeeze them out of the photo. I am not a photographer, but it came out really nice. I think it’s more the phone.”