Photography: A Blooming Good Time
Capital Weather Gang photographers join forces
With all the unsettled weather recently, I focused on last Wednesday as a great opportunity for a photo shoot down at the Tidal Basin while the blossoms were at peak. It was a weekday, so I knew to expect at least a few less people than I saw on the opening day of the festival.
My plan was to meet my fellow photographer Kevin Ambrose for our first combined shoot, and his second of the day. After a half hour photographing solo on the northwest side of the Tidal Basin, he gave me a call to let me know he was back on the scene. I excitedly told him I had just met Bob Ryan, then headed off to his location.
I arrived where Kevin had set up just after 6:30 p.m., and the lighting was perfect with the wind slowly diminishing. Sunshine was still hitting all the blossoms on the northeast side of the Tidal Basin, so we focused on the main walkway opposite the Jefferson Memorial.
The path was crowded due to the nice weather, but less so than during my earlier visit. Comparing notes and techniques with Kevin, we wandered southeast down the walkway looking for the right mix of light and composition. The wind that was problematic earlier in the day continued to quickly wane.
We jokingly wondered how we could convince people to stay off the path and stop interfering with our picture-taking. When the path was too crowded to snap a quick shot, we pondered ahead to what the summer would bring, hoping it would contain numerous opportunities for photographing lightning. As dusk came and passed, we were glad to have done our first photo shoot together -- it won't be the last.
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