The cherry trees were entering the peak phase today and the tidal basin was lined with photographers at sunrise. Last night, however, there was a full moon and only three of us (photo colleagues Joan and Cynthia) were shooting in this new location.
Full Moon, View from Virginia Shoreline
(Technical: Nikon D810 with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens extended to 165mm; exposure: 2.5 sec. at f/5.6, ISO 400; taken about 35 minutes after sunset)
While the moon was rising the cherry trees were hard at work, getting ready for this morning. Both of the images below were taken before sunrise this morning.
Dawn, Tidal Basin
(Technical: Nikon D810 with 24-70mm f/2.8 lens extended to 24mm; exposure: 5 sec. at f/16, ISO 800; On-camera flash at reduced power to provide slight fill on blossoms, taken about 35 minutes before sunrise)
Dawn, Jefferson Memorial
(Technical: Nikon D810 with 24-70mm f/2.8 lens extended to 48mm; exposure: 0.5 sec. at f/16, ISO 800; On-camera flash at normal power to provide fill on blossoms, taken about 25 minutes before sunrise)
I suspect none of the photographers there were thrilled to see all those cranes to the left of the Jefferson Memorial. They are in the early phases of a major development along the waterfront on Maine Avenue. I suspect most of us will be using Photoshop to “disappear” them.
The blossoms will be with us for a few more days, weather permitting.