The peak for the blossoms finally happened yesterday and I was able to make it there for the sunrise. I decided to do an image like my ‘Night Blossoms’ from last year, which is why I named this one ‘Night Blossoms 2014‘.
It turned out that the National Park Service was very accurate on the predicted peak this year. They predicted it would happen between 4/8 and 4/12, well it finally happened on 4/10, so pretty accurate! I got there early in the morning, 5AM at the Tidal Basin. Well before the sun was up and more importantly before the crowds start to show up.
I would say I maybe saw 4 other photographers out at that hour in the morning, it was great. If you’ve never been to see the cherry blossoms super early like that, you need to definitely try it. It’s very peaceful and calm walking around under the white/pink blossoms. Unlike around sunrise when you have people running around like an after Thanksgiving sale.
I decided this year I wanted to do something similar to last year, so I found my spot with cherry trees that had a great texture to their trunk and as an added bonus there was the empty bench. In the background the Jefferson Memorial. Before the sun got close to the horizon I was able to capture what you see here. I wanted to keep waiting and capture the scene again after the sun had just risen above the horizon but alas that wasn’t meant to be:
I really like the last shot with the tripod stance. Remember kids, not only does the camera need to be steady, the photographer needs to be just as steady with a nice wide stance!
Equipment used for this photo:
Canon 5D Mark III
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS Lens
Slik 700DX Tripod
Bogen 3030 3-way pan/tilt head