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    One last (maybe) look back at #CherryBlossomsDC 2016

      This year, I probably went out for cherry blossoms more than I had any previous year that I can remember. I woke up for a few sunrises, stayed for a few sunsets, and spent some time exploring during the day. As a landscape photographer, there is a fine line between capturing what is presented to you (in weather, blooms, people) and creating something with what you have. Lately, I have been focusing on the latter — trying to create an image given the available elements. Sometimes those elements are inherently beautiful, and therefore popular. Think a blazing orange and pink sunrise – not many people wake up for those,…

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    Cherry blossoms,  Macro Photography,  Monuments, Memorials, Statues

    Out on a Limb

    This year as cherry blossom season rolled around I decided to try something a little different…with an emphasis on ‘little.’  When I first saw street artist, Slinkachu’s ingenious photographs of little people out in the world I think I was maybe equal parts charmed and jealous. What a great idea! Why didn’t I think of that?!? Since Slinkachu started photographing little people in 2006 a whole slew of photographers have been charmed into their own little photography projects.  There are a number of Flickr groups dedicated to them and some truly ingenious work with little people and big food by photographer Christopher Boffoli. Following in the tiny footprints of all the little…

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    Blossoms for remembrance

    Once you are through with seeing all the trees and crowds at the Tidal Basin, head over to the Memorial to Japanese-American Patriotism in World War II, on Louisiana Avenue at D St. (near the Capitol). It combines beauty with sadness, memorializing an important part of our history. You will also usually be the only person there. The beauty comes from the cherry trees surrounding the Memorial and the reflecting pond:     The sadness comes from reading the wall around the memorial – it pays silent tribute to those who were in internment camps, with the names of the camps and the number of those interned at each location.…

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    Our giant, expanding 2016 #CherryBlossomsDC Roundup

      The cherry blossoms are back, which means it’s time once again for our super-sized cherry blossom photography roundup. Better than last year? You be the judge. But one thing that we will say based on the great contributions to the DC Focused flickr pool is that, perhaps (just perhaps), the reports of flickr’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Want to join the fun? Add your cherry blossom photo to our flickr pool. And be sure to check out the DC Focused Guide to Cherry Blossoms. [Updated: 1:10 a.m., March 30] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line”…

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  • Cherry blossoms,  Instagram

    #DCFocused Pic 5: Welcome to the bloom!

    The Cherry Blossom peak bloom is upon us. If you’re brave enough to venture to the tidal basin and National Mall and face the throngs of tourists, you just might escape with some wonderful photos of the trees that make DC one of the country’s top spring  destinations. To up your odds of getting that perfect image, learn from today’s contributors. Also, be sure to check out our Guide to Cherry Blossoms. Follow today’s contributors on Instagram at @stephanechong, @citytotrail, @jarrett.hendrix, @chicvilleusa and @brenton.davis. To be featured in our Pic 5 selection, tag your photos #DCFocused. 1. Go at night — @stephanechong What a difference a day makes- Washington, DC 2016…

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    Here come the cherry blossoms: Peak bloom is (almost) here

      Peak bloom is coming. Exactly when … well, that’s another matter, entirely. The National Park Service seems to change its peak Cherry Blossom projection daily, which goes to show just how difficult it is to determine when the majority of the Yoshino cherry trees along the tidal blossom will be in bloom. The NPS first predicted peak bloom would be between March 31 and April 3 but changed the projection to between March 18 and March 23 only to change it once again to March 23 and 24. The fluctuating weather can play havoc on the projections. Here’s how the National Cherry Blossom Festival describes peak bloom: “The Peak Bloom…

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    CityCenter in Bloom

    On a gloomy weekend when the cherry blossoms aren’t quite ready, you’ll find CityCenter in full bloom, with the lights reflecting everywhere off the glass architecture. All images © Victoria Pickering

  • Cherry blossoms,  Instagram

    #DCFocused on Instagram: Quiet meditations on cherry blossoms (of course)

    Are you on Instagram? Tag your photos #DCFocused and we might show your work here on the blog. Here’s the latest from some of the DC photographers we follow on Instagram. Contemplating Cherry Blossoms A photo posted by John Sonderman (@jdsonder) on Apr 13, 2015 at 8:18pm PDT I love the way the old tangled cherry tree trunks frame people around the Tidal Basin. #igdc #igersdc #instantdc #dc #exploredmv #exposeddc #bw #blackandwhite #blackandwhitedc #dcfocused #aCreativeDC A photo posted by Victoria Pickering (@vpickering) on Apr 10, 2015 at 2:41pm PDT Cherry Blossom season 2015 is just about over see ya next year ☺ #cherryblossomsdc #instadc #streetphotography #WashingtonDC #dccherryblossoms #spring2015 #dcist #cinematic…

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    Yes, @SenatorLeahy loves #CherryBlossomDC

    Kevin Wolf captured this cute breakfast scene Monday morning at the tidal basin. Just a few Washingtonians enjoying breakfast with a view — except, the gentleman is none other than Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). The woman to camera right (his left) in the purple coat is his wife Marcelle. According to the senator’s website, Leahy has a tradition of photographing the cherry blossoms — something he did on Thursday. You can see one of his pictures below. Featured image, Tidal Basin Breakfast, by Kevin Wolf is part of the DC Focused flickr pool. Image of the Washington Monument behind cherry blossoms by Sen. Patrick Leahy. 

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    The great, expanding #CherryBlossomDC roundup

    Whether you love going down to the tidal basin for cherry blossoms, or you stay as far away from the crowds and traffic as you can, it will all be over soon enough. Fortunately, we’ll have these terrific photos to last us all year long. We’ll be updating this post throughout the week as new photos find their way to the DC Focused flickr pool. [Final Update: April 17, 1 p.m..] Featured photo, The Perfect Frame, by Z.Lewkowicz is part of the DC Focused flickr pool. More photos from the pool below. [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] 4/11/15 dawn by Kevin Wolf [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] Blossoms at the National Arboretum by Joe Newman…

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    5 Essential Tips on Photographing DC’s Cherry Blossoms

      Getting a picture of DC’s famous cherry blossoms seems simple enough, right? Make your way down to the tidal basin, point your camera in the direction of the blossoms and click away. If only it were that simple. A lot of first-time visitors are often disappointed when they show up and find out there is literally no shot they can line up that doesn’t have a dozen other people in the frame. At the height of the bloom, tens of thousands of people are converging on the tidal basin at the same time, giving it a carnival-like atmosphere. So how do you get a picture that stands out from the…

  • Cherry blossoms,  Monuments, Memorials, Statues

    It’s spring in July (without the cherry blossoms)

    It’s only fitting that with the great weather we’ve been having, that today’s photo takes us back to spring and cherry blossom season. This photo is looking southeast toward the Jefferson Memorial across the tidal basin, which would make this a sunrise shot. The other way you can tell that it’s sunrise is that most of the people up at this time are photographers with their tripods. Image by Sujinder Pothula. It is part of the DC Focused flickr pool.

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