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 title for this post comes from a comment a friend once told me – how we were intended to meet up at a certain time for a photo walk together at “Tom’s Place” – which confused me briefly until it clicked and I realized exactly what he meant. Now I’m reminded of that brilliant comment every time I see an image of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial or visit the site in person.
By the way, never underestimate the performance of a tiny film camera, because this image was taken with one of the smallest full-frame 35mm cameras to ever be commercially produced, using a black and white film known for its fine grain.
Photo info: The view from the Thomas Jefferson Memorial The Tidal Basin on the National Mall Washington, DC August 2018 FILM Ferrania P30 film Zeiss Sonnar 38/2.8 lens Contax T rangefinder camera