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Very cool shots. I prefer the composition of #1, but I like how you captured the Merced in the background with a more gold tone to it. Having the color of the background with a more gold tone helps to set the blooms apart more too.
Also, with these shots, I don't think I would have shot them with 2/3rds of a stop of exposure compensation. First, the blooms themselves have lost a bit of detail because they are borderline too bright, which is easy to do with Dogwood blooms. And also, but not shooting it with the intent to overexpose the shot, would have then given you a faster shutterspeed. The Dogwood branches as you know move around alot very easily, it takes very little breeze to make them move. So the slightly faster shutter speed will help you in capturing the flowers sharp. The negative aspect of it, is for blurring out the river in the background, the slower you can go is usually better. But in the end, making sure you freeze the blooms and branches with no movement is very important.