SPRING HAS SPRUNG II
This is a sequel to my post from April 7, SPRING HAS SPRUNG I. At 5:47 pm on April 11 I was on the way to an Oxford University North American Alumni Reunion at the Canadian Embassy, and stopped off to shoot the glorious cherry blossoms one more time. The history of the magnificent trees surrounding the Tidal Basin in Washington accompanied the earlier post, but I will reproduce it in part:
Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore (1856-1928), the first female member of the Board of Trustees of the National Geographic Society, was both a photographer and a geographer — perfect credentials for Trekearth. In 1885, Ms. Scidmore, after one of many visits to Japan, recommended to the Superintendent of Parks in Washington, DC, that the city government should think of decorating public parks with flowering Japanese sakura (cherry trees). Her suggestion fell on deaf ears.
In 1909 Ms. Scidmore wrote to Helen Taft, wife of the newly elected US President William Taft, and found an enthusiastic supporter in the First Lady. Subsequently, the Japanese Embassy became interested, and publicized it in Japan. In 1912 the “People of Tokyo” donated 3020 trees to the “People of Washington.” The trees were planted around the Tidal Basin, and they are now in view of three national memorials — those of Jefferson, Washington and the newest, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Each year at the end of March and beginning of April, the annual Cherry Blossom Festival takes place, with the cherry trees blossoming and signaling the arrival of Spring. The dominant edifice in the background is the Washington Monument a 167 m (550 foot ) high obelisk erected in the 1860s to honor the First President of the United States, George Washington (1732-1799). The 50-story tower was featured in one of my earliest posts at Trekearth, THE BUBBLE ABOUT TO BURST. Approximately one-fourth of the way from the bottom of the monument, there is a subtle change in color. During the Civil War years (1861-1865) work on the monument was interrupted, and later resumed. During the second phase of the building, a variation of the original stone had been used, exhibiting a slightly different hue.
Nikon D200, 18-70 mm Nikkor lens set at 56 mm; ISO 400; Center Metering; Shutter Speed 1/500; Aperture: f/13; Exposure -1.0; Tone: Normal; Sharpness: Med H; Color Hues: 3,0; Saturation Enhanced; RAW+jpg. Circular Polarizing filter; No Tripod.
PS I want to thank Tan Yilmaz, Capthaddock, for the workshop that genuinely improved this photograph.
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nivaldo (15415) 2008-04-12 7:05
Cherry blossoms ... Every year, every Spring!
A Great "SYMBOL" of Washington, DC !
Um abraço, Bulent!
A pleasant Weekend for you and for your family!Enjoy the "American Spring" there!
afderrick (348) 2008-04-12 7:08
Amazing shot, it looks like you did some HDR processing to it? Beautiful picture, I hope to go up and see those blossoming cherry trees one day. Very nice, TFS
emes (318) 2008-04-12 7:08
Very nice photo.Simply but effectively.I like it.
Tobias__Ortmann (2638) 2008-04-12 7:08
Hi bulent very good shot nice lights good colours nice composition
very good one
also good pov
lilimih33 (9918) 2008-04-12 7:18
What a wonderful image!!!!!
Lovely atmosphere and great sky!
Cretense (68691) 2008-04-12 7:30
Very clever title for this excellent spring photo! Great framing and composition, fantastic sky, but what really catches the eye are these wonderful pink tones! congratulations!
snunney (84887) 2008-04-12 7:31
A lovely capture of this beautiful cherry blossom under a very pleasing and atmospheric light. The inclusion of the monument and its positioning adds much to the mood. Good point of view making good use of the curving lakeside. Very good colours and clarity. Interesting historical note.
Valerka (8171) 2008-04-12 8:56
A very nice capture from the States spring. I like the concept of the photo.
Nice sky, too
Bloomed tree branches are great!
trekks (14348) 2008-04-12 9:11
A nice way of framing and composing using these attractive and adorable cherry blossoms (certainly beat the green trees) across and choosing the monument's yellow color blends well with the lower walls. Great work.
PixelTerror (0) 2008-04-12 9:15
This provides a nice balance to such shots we normally see taken in Japan, the many flowers are lightening these rather dark conditions and the Washington monument tells at once where the shot has been taken, a well composed image.
Have a fine week end JY
carper (96) 2008-04-12 9:37
very beautiful my friend,
a very nice atmosphere in this one, good colours and very nice with the low light here, good photojob, good photojob, have a very good weekend.
avene (12675) 2008-04-12 9:41
greetings, fellow Oxford-ian :)
excellent addition to your gallery, I like a lot how you have composed the photo with the line of the cherry trees nicely leading the eye through the scene. the inclusion of the Washington Monumet creates a balance with the dark branch in the upper left corner, I like it a lot. the photo could be a touch sharper for my taste, but that's not a major point.
with kind regards,
Morac (27665) 2008-04-12 10:32
Very nice photo.
Lovely atmosphere and great sky!
xavshot (69835) 2008-04-12 10:46
très belles couleurs dans cette image. j'aime bien l'association du rose et du gris. Excellent cadrage également. Bravo.
JCG (35129) 2008-04-12 11:21
This famous obélix is nicely emphasized on this photograph, I like much. The harmony of the colors is very pleasant and this whole of cherry blossoms is very photogenic. Spring is well installed here. It is very pleasant to look at. The sky brings a good relief. Pretty glance Bülent, cheer.
With all my friendships and a very good WE,
capthaddock (28790) 2008-04-12 11:57
Oh my god this is amazimg, perhaps the best I've seen from you (but you should add some sharpness after resizing to better bring out the textures in of blossoms. I tried a WS if you don't mind.
fkokol (1636) 2008-04-12 11:59
Amazing wiew with beautiful cherry blossom. They look great! wonderful shot.
kristina (256) 2008-04-12 12:29
Another great shot!
Wonderful pink tones! And monumet! I like this variation of the original stone:)
p.s. Stanislav sent a mail for You:)
Chris3 (511) 2008-04-12 13:15
Hello Mr. Bulent,
I didn't have to read the note,in order to understand that this is the tower of the photo "the bubble about to burst.I understood it immediately.I like the sky very much.The framing is also good and the colours amazing showing that spring has sprung.What this photo needs is a ...bubble!
emka (79875) 2008-04-12 13:50
Wonderful picture! I liked the previous one but only now I can understand the note and appreciate it fully. Marvelous colours. It is not the photo, it is rather a painting. I like it very much.
Wandering_Dan (3449) 2008-04-12 13:58
Hello, Bulent -
A lovely composition showing some of the favorite icons of DC. I like the way the blossoms and the branches frame the scene. The WS is a definite improvement on the coloring, I have to say.
MLINES (12516) 2008-04-12 14:02
Hi Bulent. An apt title for this excellent composition. The colours are excellent. That tall obelisk will certainly stand the test of time. I saw it briefly a few years ago, but a rushed cab tour of this area was not enough. I was alone and frankly found this city a bit scary, would be better to be with a local next time! Wonderful POV and posting. TFS. Murray.
Emile (20350) 2008-04-12 15:28
Well composed photo with the colorful cherry blossoms and the beautiful sky, very well captured with the George Washington Monument in the back. great colors and good POV.
Well done, TFS.
Wish you a nice weekend.
daddo (24406) 2008-04-12 16:10
Merhaba Bulent Bey. Not only is this a wonderful image but it has a potent message- countries should exchange flowering trees and not bombs.I like the slightly subdued hues on this image, due to the not so strong light in the sky. it gives the image a timeless quality and makes me think of those wonderful and often unforgetable photos from the National Geographic magazines.Selamlar.Klaudio.
jonathan_hart (21274) 2008-04-12 16:17
well done composition, very interesting POV and moment with this spring explosion of blossoms, well balanced framing with the obelisk, interesting dramatic sky in BG, the result is great
PaulVDV (22721) 2008-04-12 16:36
This is a very nice composition. I like the curve of the cherry blossoms around the water. The sky is great and the obelisk and the leaves of that tree are on exactly the right place.
kmarscher (2887) 2008-04-12 18:35
One of your best. You found an appealing vantage point to compose this colorful and artistic shot. The lower section of the Washington Mt with it's stone of a different color is camouflaged by the blossoms. I like the use of the Jefferson basin curve to create a pleasant eye-flow through the scene. Nice!
Matthew-Watt (5956) 2008-04-12 19:11
This shows a very attractive part of the great Capital, Washington D.C., a place that I would very much enjoy visiting, particularly because of the museums and also the town planning design. I was reading in an old National Geographic article that pyramid of aluminium used to cap this monument was the largest piece of aluminium to be constructed at the time of installation (in an era when aluminium was equally as expensive as silver). In this photo I can not see this capping, perhaps it was removed? I have also tried a workshop, I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for the post,
Cheers from Brisbane,
gunbud (34066) 2008-04-12 19:52
You have captured the nation's capitol at its finest hour with the lovely pink blossoms everywhere as the contrast strikingly with the famous monument and the lovely silver blue and white sky. As usual a most enlightening note. TFS.
jjcordier (76858) 2008-04-12 23:55
Ces arbres à la floraison magnifique te permettent de réaliser une très belle composition aux couleurs attractives.Il me semble déceler un petit problème de netteté sur les arbres au centre de l'image.
jhm (140054) 2008-04-13 0:43
Hello dear Batalay,
Excellent combination between the Washington Monument or the high obelisk, and cherry blossom, it real symbol from America in the world.
Very well composition, you chose a very good angle, we get a nice perspective in the blossom, soft colour and nice presentation.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice day,
ChrisJ (99260) 2008-04-13 1:27
Good inclusion of the distinctive Washington Monument / obelisk, in the bg, as a place marker. Wonderful colour of the cherry blossum. The peak here in Korea, was last Sunday. Tfs!
meltemi (0) 2008-04-13 2:00
simply lovely and the composition is excellent with the row of cherry trees in spectacular blossoming. Nice to see so bright pink flowers, I think that they must give some festive atmoshpere here. Very beautiful sky and reflections in the river too.
With many regards.
azaf1 (15929) 2008-04-13 2:58
Indeed a spring flow of blossoms set in an excellent background. Sharp and clear, fresh and inviting for a stroll to enjoy Spring's fragrances
TGULUMSER (13252) 2008-04-13 3:37
Hello Bulent Bey,
Unfortunately we don't have much cherry trees here. A real beauty like paradise and you got a great composition about it. View of the sky is nice, too.
Congratulations and best regards,
tober (8797) 2008-04-13 3:58
Merhaba Hocam, hediye edilen bu enfes kiraz ağaçlarının otuz yıl sonraki faturası atom bombasıymış demek. Şaka bir yana, yine harikulade bir bahar fotoğrafıyla göz ziyafeti sunmuşsunuz. Tan Bey'in yaptığı WS da çok hoşuma gitti.
Çok saygılar, Tolga
feather (51130) 2008-04-13 4:34
How wonderful to be able to see this sight every spring. You composed the image very well with the trees on a diagonal and the monument not too central. I looked at the WSs and am not sure about the amount of sharpening. In my experience when saving images for TE with lots of leaves or in this case blossom, high compression is necessary to reduce the file size to below 200kb. The high compression creates artifacts that appears on screen as over-sharpening so great care has to be taken. Sometimes you don't see what it looks like until you upload it. I think your version is fine.
Greg1949 (9011) 2008-04-13 5:19
Bulent, this is a wonderful shot and though the work shops are interesting I think the original better. It is dark but then it appears it was a dark afternoon or at least a dark moment for that time of the day since sunset isn't for another hour or so. Colors are wonderfully rich and the composition is great as always and the exposure is nailed I think. As for the WS, I think it becomes too grainy/noisy.
stego (24030) 2008-04-13 7:52
A gorgeous view of the cherry blossoms leading the eye to the obelisk. Very nice dramatic sky also.
I see that the 200 Kb limit paid you a trick, as it didn't allow you better sharpening.
jwmunro (286) 2008-04-13 8:05
Hello Bulent -
This is really nice and a much better image that your previous post. By incorporating the curve of the Tidal Basin and the Washington Monument you have captured the essence of the place and season. Washington as it's best! Without your notes anyone would know this is Washington. The threatening sky is a capstone to a marvelous image. Bravo, this is a keeper!
Thank for sharing.
zeynepe (0) 2008-04-13 9:11
Merhaba Bülent Bey,
Bu çok sevdiğim "The Bubble About to Burst " forografınızla aynı yer değil mi? Bu yerde ve sizde bir tılsım var, harika kareler yaratıyorsunuz. Baharı tam anlamıyla anlatan resim tadında mükemmel bir foto:)
Tebrikler ve iyi haftasonları,
stelli (2993) 2008-04-13 9:27
That's the beauty of Washington D.C.!!! It is amazing here how the springy earth meets the "furious" winterlike sky! I love those clouds! The POV and framing are excellent! Thank you for sharing! Regards Stella
dorte_s_t (2287) 2008-04-13 9:50
Hi Bulent .
Isn't that amazing !!
Perfect gentle colours, nice curves and the column adds a nice contrast to this sea of soft pink !!
My compliments !
Tue (27696) 2008-04-13 10:09
Excellent photo of the cherry blossoms, a beautiful view with the impressive obelisk proudly in the background. The light conditions look very special and create a nice mood together with the cloudy background. Wonderfully done, thanks for sharing!
AiresSantos (56155) 2008-04-13 10:35
Great composition with wonderful tones and soft colours. Excellent perspective and details
I love it
Have a nice Sunday
veyselk (0) 2008-04-13 16:44
merhaba bulent hocam
Amerikanin sembollesmis o eserini hic boylesine gormemistim...
cok cok guzel cıkmıs. ozellikle pembe renginin fotografa hakimligi cok guzel
Dyerco (10185) 2008-04-13 17:07
The WS has done what I was thinking. It needs a little oomph! The composition is wonderful and the DOF is well handled.
HulyaTaskin (640) 2008-04-14 1:46
Selamlar Bülent Bey,
Ben sizi sitede yeni keşfettim, ne çok şey kaçırmışım :)
Bu fotoğrafta öncelikle renkleri çok sevdim.
Elinize sağlık diyor ve iyi günler diliyorum,
kibele66 (3087) 2008-04-14 2:11
Merhaba Dear Bülent,
If there should be a season to visit Washinghton, then it must be Spring.
I saw many photographs of this famous monument before, however I am very surprised to see the surrounding trees were cherrys and looking like this in Spring.
Just an excellent example for a Cherry Blossom Festival.
Nice composition with soft colors. Clouds are looking like oil painting.
P.S. This photo suits well with the Vivaldi's "Spring" from Four Seasons Violin Concerto:))
Have a nice spring!
selamlar ve sevgiler
izmirli (3987) 2008-04-14 6:45
merhaba bülent bey
muhteşem bir fotoğraf.çiçeklerin ve gökyüzünün görümü çok harika.tebrikler.
dareco (17134) 2008-04-14 6:47
A very beautiful picture! Nice pov and color. The cherry blossoms are beautiful!! Nice lighting and shadows. TFS
Olympos (1037) 2008-04-14 10:35
Hello dear Bulent,
I can see in your photo the perfect marriage of the cherry trees with the renowned Washington obelisque, the scenery is fantastic combined with the marvelous sky, the whole composition is excellent.
You did reminded me the period that I have spent in Washington DC.
Warm regards and friendly,
PS Do you have plans to visit Greece this summer?
bostankorkulugu (42080) 2008-04-14 13:40
istanbulda da erguvanlar açtı morlu pembeli... nefis bir görüntü bu bülent bey... biraz japonya, biraz mısır, ama sonuçta amerika... ne enteresan...
papagolf21 (86746) 2008-04-14 14:20
Bonsoir, mon bon ami Bulent,
Les oiseaux se remettent à chanter, les arbres se couvrent de fleurs, l'air devient plus doux... Serait-ce le printemps ?
Une très belle composition dont le cadrage a été réalisé avec beaucoup de soin et de talent.
salvator (19102) 2008-04-14 14:46
Hello Bulent Bey,
A photo so beautiful, it deserves a definite wooooaaaaaaaaaahhh. The colors, the balance of the colors and the sky, the composition is superb.
Best personal regards. Salvator.
Angshu (55914) 2008-04-14 21:33
Hello Professor "A"
The visual treat has been compounded with the addition of the tower, as we have a perspecive diagonally across the frame of the cherry blossoms. The contrast with the day-end sky in the low light has also come out very well. A classical shot of American Spring.
With Warmest Regards
axiotea (21649) 2008-04-14 23:18
These blooming cherry trees are really attractive to the eye and make an excellent contrast with the overcast sky. Good placement of the Obelisk, great luminosity and colors.
chpp (4281) 2008-04-15 8:03
very nice shot, a very well composed image, with soft colours and a soft focus that gives a very relaxing atmosphere. Very nice perspective with the cheery trees
very fine job
Didi (57256) 2008-04-15 10:43
Salam dear friend
Very nice contrast between flowered tree and rainy sky; spring has some difficult to enter.
Your composition is well managed but I think you should try to close more your apperture to enlarge the DOF.
zeca (19762) 2008-04-15 21:08
Hello Bulent, my friend! This is a great capture! Wow! What a beautiful view! The nature is amazing and the architecture also adds interest to the composition! Congratulations!
Graal (97857) 2008-04-16 0:41
beautiful spring view, nice composition with the row of trees, good reportage from capital city. I like it.
pablominto (53744) 2008-04-16 2:51
This is an attractive composition, where the white obelisk is a natural eye-catcher!
But then the wonderful blossom of the cherries takes the attention, a short but beautiful happening every spring...
A well balanced image, where the dark branch in top is a fine inclusion!
ahmetgedikli (25482) 2008-04-16 5:00
Çok güzel bir bakış açısı,netlik ve kompozisyon... Selamlar, saygılar hocam.
zmey (7335) 2008-04-16 5:29
yess... this was something i was hoping for when i was in DC, but the weather would not give us that little glimpse of sunlight in the sky one can see in your composition :)) all was monotone gray. anyway, a beautiful curved composition, including the hallmark on the base of the blooming cherries. i agree with capthaddock's workshop though: the trees do seem like needing some sharpening touch (the light changes in the other one are not bad either). possible, with the polarizer on, the speed was too slow to handle potential winds blowing the branches around (hard to tell not knowing your exif data). i experienced similar problem (wind) myself.
with warm regards,
banyanman (7789) 2008-04-16 8:02
I like your subject, composition and POV Bulent, but something looked wrong with the levels. When I had a look at the histogram, it was all to one side, so I did a WS adjusting the levels, increasing the contrast and adding some extra saturation and sharpening to the blossoms. I think it works quite well and produces an image with a lot more impact (and brings out the nice sky better too). Thanks for giving me some good 'raw material' to play with tonight! Cheers . . . David
PS: After posting this I realised that two others had done similar workshops too. Tan's WS is excellent - we have produced similar end results using slightly different techniques to get there.
yedirenk (11244) 2008-04-16 9:30
Merhaba Bülent bey,
renkler,ışık,kompozisyon ve doku harika.tablo tadında,rüya gibi bir kare.baharın çoşkusu tavan yapmış durumda.emeğinize sağlık.selamlar.
Fis2 (86283) 2008-04-16 12:38
Very interesting place. Wonderful composition and light. Super colours. Photo has climate. Very impressive picture!
dumanica (5071) 2008-04-16 23:11
Bülent Bey merhaba,
Bahar havası bütün güzelliği ile kendini Washington'da da göstermiş. Cıvıl cıvıl bir kare. Arka plandakı anıt ise konuya ayrı bir renk katmış. Elinize emeğinize sağlık. Selamlar Sevgiler Derya:)
rajiv_077 (1412) 2008-04-17 0:39
What a superb picture and amazing view of this total scene's. Compo and Pov is perfect, Tree in row looks wonderful with color. Clouds in background and tower create this picture more dramatically. A lovely spring picture.
sothy81 (9568) 2008-04-17 1:34
Hi Bulent, this is a very nice photo. I can see many layers there: the flower, the dramatic sky, the tower, and the water. Very nice light management. Well done. Sothy
r021251 (3917) 2008-04-17 4:06
What a great posting, the concept is super and original. Your position to capture this post is king
The colors are clean and sharpeness fantastic.
Good long view , angle captue is perfect
ifanik (21679) 2008-04-17 6:48
Amazing photo with wonderful colours and POV
lraew (42) 2008-04-17 7:22
Absolutely magnificent composition. The vibrancy of bloom offset by the majestic monument and hovering weather conditions makes for a beautiful picture.
Charo (51210) 2008-04-17 9:28
Magnífica composición con un gran contraste de colores y elementos. Muy bello esa línea de árboles en flor y un cielo precioso.
Silversnow (2319) 2008-04-17 11:15
Wonderfull atmosphere, if a bit greyed by the overcast.
Still, it gives the composition a better background with those beautiful clouds.
dvlazar (6644) 2008-04-17 22:41
An outstanding composition of the famous column, and the flowers are beautifully framing the scene. Some lack of brightness is a slight issue, which has been dealt with already in the workshops.
ysabaner (1069) 2008-04-18 12:25
Sayın hocam merhaba,
Baharın gelmesiyle birlikte ağaçlar çok güzel çiçekler açıyor, adeta coşuyor, bu güzel coşkuyu çok iyi aktarmışsınız, elinize sağlık.
delic (6735) 2008-04-18 13:00
Love the title. This is one of the best of your recent submission. Sky delivers fine drama and contrast, esp. against the whiteness of the monument. I was going to comment on sharpness but I see that's taken care of in the WS. Best wishes,
paura (47166) 2008-04-18 13:02
Excellent composition in this beautiful photography. Colors and lighitng management are great. Well done.
Abraços do Brasil.
Henryk_Bilor (20799) 2008-04-18 13:26
Amazing blooming trees. Lovely colours and composition. A bit pity that the image isn`t sharp enough, good that Capthadock made a WS :).
danos (87475) 2008-04-19 2:50
nice shot with these cherry blossoms to cover every inch of the waterfront.I like the excellent colours and the light that are spread in the whole image.The white obelisk decorate pleasantly the scene.Informative and useful your note.
Have a nice weekend,Danos
kdialyna (3148) 2008-04-20 3:24
This photo from you Bulent, could be the symbol of Spring.
These flowers are amazing. I can nearly smell it.
Very good choice to include into your frame The Washington Monuments. It gives something different to the all composition from usual spring photos.
kensimage (8561) 2008-04-20 23:33
Hello Bulent--A very nice composition here with the sweep of the cherry trees and the monument well-placed in the frame. Ideally you would more golden lower-angle light, but it still looks great. The cherry tree textures balance well with the cloud textures. Regards, Ken.
keribar (43841) 2008-04-21 21:13
I am delighted to discover this picture with the sakura trees we have heard so much about, and the elegant obelisk in the back. Your story is most interesting and I read it twice, because I wanted to remember every detail. So is the picture which shows us Washington from an angle few of us know well.
All the best - Izzet
Bluejeans (64249) 2008-04-22 10:52
Ola amigo ,
Beleza de paisagem de primavera , muito bonitas estas árvores de flor rosa, gostei muito do monumento por detrás das árvores, o céu ficou fantástico , parabéns!!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
adores (37563) 2008-04-22 17:41
This obelisk reminded me of Istambul!
This is a really beautiful composition with this line of trees in blossom. The obelisk is very well framed. I like the silhouette of these flowers in foreground and also the dark sky, it creates a nice contrast!
erel (11888) 2008-04-22 23:10
Bahar dalları ,kadrajı ve gökyüzünün güzelliğiyle bezenmiş şık bir kare..tebrikler. EREL
Tezic (17867) 2008-04-23 4:39
Merhaba Bülent Bey,
Fotoğrafdaki enfes denge, renkler ve gökyüzünü çok beğendim... tebrikler..
mineelci (1535) 2008-04-23 10:15
Merhaba, bu nasıl bir güzelliktir.Umarım kendi gözlerimle görme fırsatı bulurum yakın bir zamanda. Ellerinize sağlık.Harika bir kare
archimatica (20325) 2008-04-23 14:19
Great compo, fantastic atmosphere.
A new American Dimension?
Change, We can believe in ! ;-)
lestans (17130) 2008-04-25 9:04
Ciao Bulent! che gloria di colori! Fantastici gli alberi fioriti, e ottimo elemento in più l'obelisco.
E il cielo è drammatico e ben ripreso. Ottimo lavoro!!
danyy (0) 2008-04-29 0:13
rien à dire, la perfection totale sur tous les points.
La beauté du paysage mise à l'honneur.
Scharan (14144) 2008-04-30 21:58
Uma foto incrivelmente bela.
As cores são formidáveis e o enquadramento perfeito. Parabéns!
mydrjoe (1240) 2008-05-04 4:15
Other really qualified TE members had already mentioned most of the qualities of this beautiful picture and, therefore, I can only add that –to me- it’s a superb take that has a stream of emotions flying from those blossoming cherry trees. It’s a kind of magical effect -like that of the delicate Chinese or Japanese looking paintings- that the whole image projects. It's a very, very nice feeling. I wish I could do this. Your work inspires me. Thanks a lot.
robertosalguero (246) 2008-05-06 18:59
I really the view of this park. Unfortunately we don't have this type of trees where I live so your picture is very appealing to my senses. The obelisk is an excellent architectural wonder in this world city. Its masonic symbology is also very interesting. It also remind me of the twin towers where I work as they both have a pyramid shaped roofcap. Nice angle and good colours to compose the image. Thanks so much Bulent.
tournesol_rouge (139) 2008-05-14 12:52
I haven't been for several weeks on trekearth.com and today I start looking at your pictures, hoping one with the cherry trees in Washington DC during the springs 2008.
I'm very happy to see this one.
It's a beautiful shot. Amazing sky.
jorgi (3810) 2008-05-16 3:32
without monument I would thing we are in Japan. :) It is most charming capture, full of spring, so rich with marvelous atmosphere that I can almost smell wonderful blossoms. I like very much chosen angle for taking this photo, I think the vertical monument excellently balances the widening curve of trees along the water. I looked at WS version also but honestly I prefer yours version because of wonderful light. Not to bright, just right to emphasize wonderful pink tint of blossoms.
jimkilgallon (0) 2008-05-26 23:01
This capture certainly shows that Spring has sprung. The composition is perfect and the colours have a lovely blend to the capture. Fantastic note once again to accompany
Well worked, regards
cissou (375) 2008-05-27 23:25
I really like the colors in your picture... the white-pink of the blossoms is amazing. And the sky is really nice too... Excellent shot !
Thanks for sharing,
DannyJ (292) 2009-01-22 10:16
Beautiful shot! But maybe too beautiful....as much as I like that sky, I can't get around the actual blue sky seen on the tree line and behind the branches. That, coupled with an overall softness (It was probably not too bad before resizing) leaves a little room for improvement. But, I do think that the shot is very nice, with a lot of work put in it! Great job!
Paolo66 (169) 2009-03-03 0:01
It seems that obelisk grow up from the plants.
Very nice spring color and composition.
I think with a little more sky on top it will be more dramatic.
BWJ (3064) 2009-04-20 18:56
Congratulations on this very successful image! What an uplifting scene. It is a beautiful composition and fabulous color. You were so lucky to have that magnificent sky. Your note is outstanding. I mentioned it in my picture of the cherry blossoms. I hope you don't mind.
worldcitizen (7067) 2009-12-07 14:59
I was looking through your gallery, and I came upon this lovely scene. I love cherry blossoms, and your composition together with the Washington Monument is truly wonderful. I like the inclusion of the tidal basin on the bottom of the frame, and the hint of flowers on the top. Your note is, as always, very informative. The cherry blossoms here in NYC don't bloom until late April, and that is when the Brooklyn Botanic Garden holds its annual "Saukra Matsuri" (Cherry Blossom Festival).
Eileen (152) 2009-12-09 21:53
Very familiar scene as I live about an hour from there, but not seen so beautifully depicted before. It looks more like a painting. Good work!
andrewoy (179) 2010-04-12 15:35
unusual spring composition, mistic and fabulous
warm regards from my city Poznan
thanks for remembrance in such a tough time
ulkuakyuz (30) 2012-12-10 21:37
Merhaba Bulent bey,
Keyif veren bir fotograf, kendimi alamadim, ruya gibi, nefis...
kato (11630) 2013-03-24 1:14
You're capturing well this scape by a good angle and excellent tone, so it's interesting and impressive to see the row of cherry trees which stands in The Tidal Basin of the Potomac River. A flower is dyed Pink and seems to be full bloom. It is being heard that the cherry tree sent to Washington, Dc is a strong cherry tree of the seedling whose species were improved. And, it harmonizes with the commemoration tower of beautiful white Washington Monument very well.
- Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) (35743)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-04-11
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D200, 18-70mm DX Zoom Nikkor, 67mm Circular Polarizer
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Washington Monument [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2008-04-12 7:00
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