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Spring in D.C.

Spring arrives on the East Coast shortly after our nation’s capital gets flooded with tourists to see the fabulous blooming Cherry Blossoms. For Carlos and me, it seemed like yesterday and a lifetime ago that we used to watch the originals bloom in Tokyo. As we walked, three helicopters flew over us toward the White House.


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  • Myra - You two look so happy. I miss seeing the both of you. Life gets so out of hand crazy at time and what really matters is taking the time to look at the blooming trees with the one you love. The White House pictures depict the story of a very happy man…ReplyCancel

  • Miette - Oh my gosh! I want to come back and see it now! Those are amazing! I’m inspired to go take photos of the flowering tree in my backyard (even though I don’t actually know what kind it is). Loved the photos of Lt Col Tigerfan too! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • christine - Thank you! I wish we lived closer, too, because sitting around talking photography over Carlos’s margaritas and your guacamole would be pretty much the picture perfect happy hour!

    The first book I always read (and recommend to beginners to read!) is my camera manual! Seriously, and yes, I really do read mine cover to cover, particularly the custom settings section. After that, one of the most helpful books I’ve found and the one I always recommend first is “Understanding Exposure” by Bryan Peterson. Once you get that basic exposure stuff right, “The Moment It Clicks” by Joe McNally is a fabulous study.

    Here is my image info on the last shot in this Cherry Blossom series:
    ISO 100, white balance cloudy, manual exposure, 56mm (from my 28-70 f/2.8 lens), f/10, shutter speed not recorded but my SB800 was set -2/3 rear-curtain sync with a diffuser attached. Vignette was added later in Photoshop.

    Try using a flash with your cherry blossoms; see if that helps. If you’re really good with your flash, or if your have a really good flash unit, dial your flash output down -2/3 stop and use a diffuser (this can be as simple as putting a piece of scrapbook vellum across it!) To get your flowers pink rather than washed-out white, bump up the saturation in your camera’s menu (or, if you don’t have this option in-camera, do it later on your computer.)

    I’m also a big fan of my ExpoDisc which helps me get white balance right in-camera for location settings; but this particular day, I didn’t have it with me so I used my camera’s “cloudy” white balance setting. I almost always use cloudy even when it’s sunny outside.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Gorgeous!
    I wish we lived closer so you could give me photography lessons. For some reason, my pictures of the cherry blossoms on the tree down the street don’t quite look like yours.
    I guess I could read photography books, but it would be so much more fun to learn about photography from you while we were drinking some of Carlos’ margaritas…ReplyCancel

  • Joel - I can almost smell the crisp air. Lovin’ those cherry blossoms.ReplyCancel

  • Paul - Awesome shots like usual! My favorite is probably the one with the helicopters, I love spontaneous shots that you know you couldn’t ever get again!
    The cherry blossoms are gorgeous! The only time I have ever been in DC was in the spring, I remember them more than anything else!ReplyCancel