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This morning I dragged myself out of bed at the truly wretched hour of 4:15 ack emma so that I could trek down to the Tidal Basin for a photography class (well, a photo safari. highly recommended, whatever you call it). The cherry blossoms are in full bloom; the weather was almost eerily perfect, and it was, well, awesome.

This was my first outing with my shiny new dSLR (because I'm totally not counting my brief experimentations at home with the dog...wait, that sounded worse than I intended), and I could not be happier. It's a bit of a learning process, but the magic of digital plus four gig memory cards means I could experiment as much as I wanted to. Can experiment - I'm just getting started.

Out of the three hundred-odd photos I took this morning, here are twenty-six good ones, plus one I couldn't pass up posting.

From pre-dawn to full sun preview:


The Jefferson Memorial, the moon, and me, at far too early an hour.

In which Emily first experiments with aperture. Flowers in focus, monument not!

This time with a plane.

If she weighs the same as a duck...

Another duck. We lucked out so hard with the light this morning.

Here comes the sun...

Cherry blossoms across the Basin, with a smidge of the Air Force Memorial in the background.

Two minutes later.

The first rays of sun hitting a tree up close.

Macro blossom, when the light is still warm enough to make the blossoms extra pink.

An experiment in camera settings.

An arty shot up the skirt of a tree...

The exact same shot, with all settings identical except for the length of shutter exposure. Turns it almost psychedelic, don't it?

Rotated 90 degrees.

Scenes from a Photo Class

There were legions of photographers in this. exact. pose.

The results of my own ground wallow.

The lantern park

Taken as we crossed the bridge, almost off-handedly. Ended up being one of my favorites.

So. You might have heard we have some cherry blossoms?

Rumors don't lie, at least about this.

Another tree.

One of the originals from 1912, draping into the basin.

Arty framing!

As it got lighter, the trees got whiter.

Lantern Shot #1

Lantern Shot #2, and, gosh, what's that in the background?

Blossoms and Memorials

I am amazed at how green the grass turned out.

Peeking through the blossoms!

It's like Jefferson is perched on the edge of the branch. Love it.

In a category all its own.

I was trying to take a picture of people walking, to mess with shutter speed and maybe get some blurring. I got a picture of a whole lot more...
EDIT: upon closer inspection, that's a belt. and a belt loop. nothing more. nothing to see here. ahem.

*Kobayashi Issa

on 2010-04-03 03:09 am (UTC)
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Pretty! Now I totally want to do the Great Migration photo safari in Kenya and Tanzania.


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