Cherry Blossom

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EyeArtsbyMichael Platinum
EyeArtsbyMichael August 23, 2014
nailed it

Behind The Lens

This photo was taken on the the western bank of the Tidal Basin Washington, D.C.
I captured the shot around 8:45am on opening day of the Cherry Blossom Festival in March.
It was a pretty gloomy morning...and quite cold.
I had my old Canon 20D, 50mm f1.4 usm lens with me.
It was such a cold and gloomy morning, and after walking around there were no cherry blossoms in sight....only buds. There was a large swarm of photographers descending down through the craggy trees with their long lenses and tripods, so I rushed over and waited until they got all their shots all cleared out. She was the only blossom to be seen and graciously kept her gaze. I was so thankful to have waited. The trip into DC was not wasted!
I cropped out some cold dreariness.....concrete walkway, gray water.
In my camera bag
For morning trips these days I normally carry 2 bags 50mm, 16-35 mm100mm and 70-200mm f/2.8 and 7D Mk II.
If you are in the area Washington, DC during the spring (March-April), it may be worth your time to get to the Tidal Basin (proximity of the Jefferson Memorial). You can follow the forecasts online as Cherry Blossom blooms vary year to year and then are peak only a few days. Photographers line the walkway early in the morning. By 7am, the prime spots are already taken...tripods everywhere (weather permitting)! You may or may not be able to capture the spectacular blooms, but hopefully there will be another opportunity during the Festival, ie, kite flying, dance, tea party, drums that will capture your attention!

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