Well I had grand plans for this past weekend- to see the whole Cherry Blossoms affair. The Japanese Festival etc etc. I ended up just visiting the Tidal Basin (where the cherry blossoms are best seen) via a walk from Smithsonian Metro to Georgetown. I think you can tell from the set I'm not really that impressed but cherry blossoms. Maybe nature photography/landscapes aren't my strong suit. They were lovely however, even post-perfect-bloom day. I had a mind to shoot the whole thing in monochrome because monochrome is my jam these days and because the white blossoms made that doable. On the other hand, I figured since it was warm and nice and people were out maybe it was a good day for color. As a result I did a bit of both and ended up with set that was color and black+white. I usually like photos of a set to look like a "set," but I'm happy with these. The whole set is on the Flickr and the Washington, DC page- here are a few favorites:
The historic buildings downtown require regular maintenance.
I think this photo may be better from behind than in front. It is simpler.
This is one of my all time personal favorites. There were tens-of-thousands of people out that day, but this shot is so quiet- as if she was the only one there that day. Truth be told: I was about to take a photo of the Washington Monument and she got in my shot. She had no idea I there, but the result is fantastic- far more special than another Washington Monument photograph. The factors could not have been more perfect.
Getting this shot with no cars passing by on a Saturday afternoon was never going to happen. I waited for the most generous opening and snapped. This woman was clearly a VERY serious athlete. No doubt from spending her afternoons bicycling and running the steps behind the Lincoln Memorial. I could see how ripped she was from 100 feet away.
The lady sitting next to me on the Metro had this distinctive tattoo on her ankle. She was part Cherokee.