New Blossoms, Old Style
Washington, DC - 2010
During the peak cherry blossom period of 2010, I drove into DC well before sunrise in order to get set up and to scout out some good locations to capture the blossoms during the rising sun. I was rewarded with a crisp, clear, wind-free morning. These conditions provided an ideal situation for capturing one of DC’s most beautiful, but short-lived, settings. The waters of the Tidal Basin were perfectly still, creating a mirror effect and the cool morning air made for intense colors during the sunrise.
I was walking on the Jefferson Memorial side of the Basin when I found this overhang of blossoms facing the Washington Monument. I thought they created a perfect “frame” for a picture of the Monument. I took several shots – some focused on the Monument; some focused on the blossoms; some with a large depth of field to get both; some with flash; some without. I also realized that I had to time the picture just right to avoid the intermittent red aircraft warning light at the top of the Monument! In the end, I liked this one the best because the filler flash and the shallow depth of field accent the blossoms – and pictures of the blossoms were the main reason why I woke up so early that morning.
Despite the amazing pinks and oranges against the deep blue sky during sunrise, I decided to convert the picture to Sepia to simplify the shot – just the bright blossoms with the slightly out-of-focus Monument eerily in the background. Enjoy!