Cherry Blossom Impressionism

It’s cherry blossom blooming time again in the Washington, DC metro area.  Local residents greet this time of year with a mixture of joy and grief.  The area never looks as beautiful as it does during early spring, but everyone in the world seems to flock here to take in this attraction.

Cherry Blossom Impressionism

Canon EOS 5D

I’ve photographed the cherry blossom festivals around the National Mall several times, but I’ve never been happy with the results.  It’s extremely difficult to get decent images without a million people either being in the shot or knocking your tripod and camera.  I’ve tried getting to the Tidal Basin at 5am only to find dozens and dozens of other photographers AND people already crowing the scene. 

I much prefer getting out of the city to make my photographs and this is what I did for this image.  Taken a couple of springs ago a few hundred yard from my home, I avoided the crowds and lack of parking.  With a gentle breeze blowing and a slower shutter speed, I captured an ‘impressionist’ image against a beautful blue sky.

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