This was taken a couple of weeks ago during the cherry blossom festival in Washington, DC. The water is the Tidal Basin and the building in the background is the Jefferson Memorial. You can see all of the people underneath the trees. It is an incredibly popular event jamming the Metro system and roads beyond capacity. I will talk more about the origin of the cherry trees in a future post. The normal peak for the cherry blossoms is usually between April 4-9. They do have a Cherry Blossom parade on the Saturday during the peak.
I didn't do much sharpening on this shot because the blossoms are naturally very soft and it didn't look realistic with any more sharpening than what I did.
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weswang (18223) 2005-04-20 1:42
Hi Mr. Steve, A nice catch of the cherry blossom and tons of people under the trees. I am surprised to see that many people there. I was there couple of years ago catching the blossom season. A weekday is more relax and less crowded.
A very colorful picture. It is fun to see the people in different colors. A nice selection of the water in front to have a grand view of the scene. The background blue colored sky, the building, and the other trees made a very nice contrast to the foreground flowers. Well done.
aloyho (6798) 2005-04-20 2:01
This is a fantastic shot! - beautiful contrast between the background, the cherry blossoms and the colourful crowd. You have selected a very effective POV. The happy mood after the winter is very well portrayed. Thanks and regards.
vesalius (861) 2005-04-20 2:15
Beautiful Stephen. I'm envious of the blossoms. I unfortunately missed it this year around here. Don.
jjbach (9324) 2005-04-20 2:32
Very nice composition with excellent point of view. The contrast between the cherry blossoms and the blue sky is wonderful. Very well done Stephen!
I'll be back :D
thohau (919) 2005-04-20 2:34
This quite a nice shot - The blossoms of the cherry trees are incredible. The blue sky, the waiting people and the basin complete this fine composition. Well done!
papagolf21 (107995) 2005-04-20 3:37
Très belle scène de ces arbres en fleurs, l'ensemble forme une sorte de grand parasol fleuri.
La composition est bien réalisée avec ce mur fleuri surmonté de très beaux arbres et de la coupole que l'on entrevoit.
Je comprends que cela attire beaucoup de monde.
PixelTerror (0) 2005-04-20 4:02
Nice addition to the Hanami posting fever, they are beautiful and provide a splendid colorful line to your photo. Given the number of people I can see under them it seems you were not the only one to enjoy it.
Question about sharpening, I understand your approach here, but do photos out of the D70 always come out natively so soft ?
Have a nice day,
cam (9043) 2005-04-20 7:24
Hello Steve.To see all those trees is worth the trip,lucky you to also smell them.I like this composition consisting of layers upon layers with the ghost of the Jefferson memorial in the background.
alvaraalto (19778) 2005-04-20 7:41
No we can compare the blossoms in the States and Japan (Kenny10pin). These trees do have really a lot of blossoms. It looks like a huge pink caterpillar.
jhm (158892) 2005-04-20 7:53
What a blossom there Stephen, the many people under the this splendid colour blossom, a nice selection of the water in front to have a grand view of the scene. I like excellent this composition.
Steft (5975) 2005-04-20 8:59
Cherry blossom bloom? Is it a festival? I have never heard of it, but it sounds very intresting.
Is the white/grey thing in the background a building or a mountian? It could be a mountain with snow on the top, but it looks a bit too round for a mountain.
Very nice colourful photo. You had, again, a very nice blue sky. I like the softness of the blossom. It was a good idea not to sharpen more. The colourful people are a nice add.
nwoehnl (122) 2005-04-20 14:50
Hi Steve. A delightful photo in which the blossoming cherry trees provide a beautiful decorative foreground element. Very nice how the monument takes second stage here and seems almost shy in the way it is subtly visible behind all the vegetation. The pedestrians and their colorful clothing provide a welcome lively element to the scene.
Jeppe (18654) 2005-04-20 15:20
Oh - I saw this on local TV - truly lovely sight of this old gift from Japan - we will have to wait at least 3 weeks before this sight can be seen around here.
Thanks Stephen for sharing this wonderful sight
Rockyboy (20598) 2005-04-20 16:15
I find the sharpness very good here, Stephen and the bossoms are very nice too! There are alos blossoms in Belgium but the weather is never nice when I have time to take pictures...
Anyway, your composition and colors are very beautiful. Bravo!
erdna (5711) 2005-04-20 16:28
A very nice capture of a beautiful time of the year in Wasington, DC. I completely agree with you on the sharpening effect, good decision. My wife and I were here during the same cherry blossom festival in 2002. It was an awesome display. Thank you for sharing. i may have to look for my files on this too.
Tue (42820) 2005-04-20 17:34
A beautiful picture from a sunny day! I like the trees and the dome behind them, good colours too! Well done! :-D
quantabeh (5205) 2005-04-20 18:23
hi Stephen, I think the sharpness is just good, because more would show pixelation effects. I think it must have been a bit hard to shoot in a sunny day like this, as the colors are a bit cold.
Great composition and good POV.
a change of style for you, no?
john_c (24666) 2005-04-20 22:51
Hi, Stephen. I agree with the other comments about the sharpening. Its always a fine line, but I often opt for the more artistic effect and this shot definitely succeeds as you have portrayed it. The POV is very good, the mood nicely captured. Well seen and well executed. John.
Emile (20352) 2005-04-20 23:12
Beautiful picture, the cherry blossoms attract thousands of tourists by this time of the year.
The colors are impressive with excellent contrast.
Very good sharpness.
PJE (20758) 2005-04-20 23:36
A very nice shot Stephen. I like the curve on the edge of the pond. Too bad yo could not have shot this in the morning for better color. But anyways this is really a nice setting. Its odd how only the cherry trees are in full bloom and the rest of the trees in the background look like winter. You have a nice flowing blossum line in this shot too.
Mishe (3533) 2005-04-21 14:34
Galmeida (12559) 2005-04-22 13:44
A very interesting scenery and very well done composition and approach to a new not so wild and nature theme. This is also beautiful like the others, with the humain factor, buidings and nature also. Excelent enquadrement, colors, details and a must, these nice cherry blossoms announcing Spring.
Very well composed, many details, good colors, quality and the final result!
Congratulations and a excelent different way!
capthaddock (28790) 2006-01-02 14:30
Hi Stephen - wow, spectacular flowers, the unbroken line of cherry blossoms frame the monument perfectly.
ramesh_lalwani (3211) 2006-03-01 2:15
Congratulations for selection of your photo.Cheery blosoms look very pretty and have managed to keep outline of monument despite intervening tree.TFS
rabani (9645) 2006-04-08 4:59
If I'm the editor of a magazine and I'm doing a feature on the cherry blossom festival, this photo would definitely make it. It has all the characters that pulls my readers to read the feature. The cherry itself lining across the frame prominently with the crowds under its shades. Congratulation Stephen.
plimrn (21344) 2006-07-29 10:24
Lovely framing of the cherry blossoms and the blue sky; the detail and color is impeccable. The crowds of people add a bit of humor.
- Copyright: Stephen Inguanti (singuanti) (15250)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-04-09
- Categories: Nature, Architecture, Event
- Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 18-70DX
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2005-04-20 0:23
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