Hoping to take you away

High key photograph of a Washington DC cherry blossom. The fresh blossoms were bathing in a rich golden light just before the sun began to set over the Tidal Basin.
Hoping to take you away — 40mm | f/8 | ISO 100 | EXP 1/20

Friends and I decided to make our way to Washington D.C. this weekend to behold what is peak season of the District’s famed cherry blossoms. About a million other people had the same idea.

Battling crowds, long walks, and beautiful weather, we made our way about the National Mall. Craning our necks toward monuments from afar, and making a late afternoon pit stop at the National Cherry Blossom Festival. One chicken on a stick and some cosplay people watching later and we were making our way back toward the Tidal Basin for the would-be glory of golden hour.

Fighting throngs of revelers making the most of the wondrous spring weather, it became readily apparent that making any kind of sweeping landscape shot was not going to happen. There was simply too many people armed with camera phones to set up shop. My friends and I resorted to bumping our way through the crowds firing off occasional shots whenever we had a moment to breathe and extend our elbows.

All complaints aside, it was a good time had by all.


3 responses to “Hoping to take you away”

  1. […] afternoon with some friends for the Cherry Blossom Festival. With any luck I’ll have a few pictures to share. Until then happy […]

  2. Ben Avatar

    I was wondering how crowded it was… You should have taken a people watching shot or thrown on the 10-stop ND to blur them out of the frame!

  3. Greg Molyneux Avatar
    Greg Molyneux

    I thought about how I could make best use of the 10-stop, but I soon realized I’d be in everyone’s way were I to stop somewhere and set up shop with my tripod. I didn’t want to be that guy.

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