So here we are again. It’s time for pink flower loving hordes to descend upon Washington DC. A time in which DC metro locals get to deal with extra long commutes (already some of the longest in the country) and restricted access to some of the sights we hold as our own. This year, at least from my perspective, there were a particularly large amount of tourists in town to see the trees.
While out fighting to stake my ground for picture making, I realized that its absolutely true that everyone owns a camera. Well, maybe not every single person in America, but it sure seemed like it given this particular sample of the population. Beyond that, I was positively numbed by the number of tripods; I never in my life as a photographer have seen so many in one location. As a stock shooter I compared the experience of shooting the blossoms this year to fishing a hole with ten thousand other poles in the water. It was a pretty thankless task to say the least. Its going to take a whole lot of convincing to make me do it again next year.
All whining aside I did manage to drop my three legs to the ground and shoot some new images of the blossoms for stock. This here is my favorite from the day.
Shooting macro images of small flowers in the wild is way harder than you might imagine. Especially when those flowers are on trees, by the river, on a particularly breezy morning. My hat is off to those who manage to get great macro’s in the wild on a regular basis. It takes great patience and skill.
In review the Cherry Blossoms were particularly nice this year. There was a very even bloom amongst the majority of the trees, the only drawback being that they were supposedly “late”. The trees bloomed two weeks after the festival that had carried on in their name while the blossoms were still tightly nestled in the branches. And this brings me to my final point. Why must we plan a natural phenomenon festival that ought to take place during a time when that particular wonder is taking place, a year in advance when there is no possible way to predict they exact time of arrival? Tourism.