This image always reminds me of sweltering hot summers in Washington, DC, even though it was shot during the bracing spring days of mid-April. It just has that color and atmosphere to it that evokes heat in a big way. As I recall, this image was actually taken in temperatures around the mid-30s, on a still morning that just felt utterly frigid.
Photo info: Sunlit cherry blossoms Tidal Basin Washington, DC April 2015 Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH lens Sony NEX-5N digital camera
Like many scores of other people during the early spring – when the DC cherry blossoms have burst into spectacular bloom – this couple had scheduled a series of early morning wedding portraits with their photographer. And – you guessed it – on this particularly chilly April morning, there were hundreds of other couples and families getting similar portraits taken for their upcoming weddings, engagement announcements, annual Easter festivities, family reunions, multi-generation gatherings, etc. Counting all of the involved parties, their support groups, and the pro photographers they hired – plus all of the non-involved individuals (like myself) that were just there to enjoy the spectacle – there were literally thousands of people tightly milling about in all of the prime photo locations.
I don’t think that the bride-and-groom-to-be had any idea that it would be such a zoo, and they tried to make the best of it since they were already committed to the event. I took photos of them because I was already standing there when they showed up and just thrust themselves into my framing, without so much as an apology.
Photo info: Wedding subjects prepping for their portrait The Tidal Basin on the National Mall Washington, DC April 2015 Kodak Portra 400 Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH lens Leica M3 35mm film camera
The cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC, are pretty much at peak bloom now, though it appears from the live cam that the expected crowds are under control and not too large – at least for the moment. This is the time to visit, if you haven’t done so yet. The colors are sublime, the air is fresh, and the scent from the blooms is quite delicate. It makes for a wonderful visit and a beautiful start to the new spring season.
Photo info: Cherry Blossoms at the Tidal Basin Tidal Basin on the National Mall Washington, DC March 2016 Zeiss Sonnar 35/2.0 lens Sony RX1R II digital camera