Afternoon Cherry Blossoms at the Tidal Basin

Thursday, March 28, 2013 | 3:00 pm-5:30 pm

Afternoon Cherry Blossoms at the Tidal Basin

Springtime in Washington DC means cherry blossoms! And one of the best places to shoot them is at the FDR Memorial along the Tidal Basin, where we begin our Safari with an orientation on travel photography and camera use. We then give you an EXCLUSIVE-for-Washington-Photo-Safari-clients-ONLY peek at our secret spot: the “Our Lady of the Blossoms Cherry Tree” before wending our way slowly along the Tidal Basin path towards the Jefferson Memorial, seeing the great views of the Tidal Basin, the Washington Monument, the new Martin Luther King Jr, Memorial, and the Jefferson Memorial all framed in cherry blossoms in the late afternoon sun.

We bring you to all the best trees for cherry blossom portraiture AND to the beautiful George Mason Memorial near the Jefferson. (This is the 8th consecutive year we have conducted these Safaris as an official part of the National Cherry Blossoms Festival,) Non-photographer friends/ spouses are welcome to accompany you at no charge.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is DC’s signature springtime event. The 2015 Festival is March 20 - April 14, and features daily cultural performances, sporting events, arts & crafts, demonstrations and other special eventsThe National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates the 103rd anniversary of the gift of the cherry blossom trees and the enduring friendship between the citizens of the United States and Japan. For schedules and information visit or call the Festival hotline at (877) 44BLOOM.

Disclaimer: Mother Nature has her own way of scheduling the blossoms. Some years they come early in the season, some years they come later. We cannot GUARANTEE full blossoms on the trees on the day of your safari, but we DO guarantee very useful tips on travel photography and views of the Tidal Basin that are ALWAYS pretty.

Through a collaborative effort by Washington Photo Safari and FotoWeekDC, you can now win a $500 prize or a weekend stay at the Renaissance Hotel in DC for a REALLY good picture of the blossoms by entering the new Cherry Blossom Photo Contest sponsored by FotoWeekDC as part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. They will even accept photos from a previous year if you want to enter before the March 15 early-bird deadline. Check out the details at

Open to photographers at any skill level with any kind of camera, film or digital. Offered daily during the Festival.

Instructor: E. David Luria

E. David Luria
E. David Luria is the founder and director of the Washington Photo Safari.

E. David Luria is a DC-based professional commercial photographer specializing in architecture, landmarks, restaurant and event photography. Trained in Paris at the Parsons School of Design by a protégé of Henri Cartier Bresson, he is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers, the Association of Independent Architectural Photographers, and the Society of Photographic Educators. His images of Washington DC have appeared on 30 magazine covers, on 80 postcards and in over 100 publications, including 24 photographs in the coffee-table book Washington DC Visions.

Mr. Luria is the official portrait photographer for the United States Marine Band and also serves as Contributing Photographer to WHERE-Washington Magazine, the Entertainment Book, and the Washington Post's Apartment Showcase Magazine, for whom he has photographed over 2,500 apartment properties since 1997.

His Washington Photo Safaris, training over 28,500 amateur photographers since 1999 in the basic techniques of travel, landmark, portrait, museum, nighttime, and other photographic specialties, have received a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor and a 99% customer satisfaction rating from clients. Voting with their feet, over 8,000 Washington Photo Safari clients have been on two or more of the 150 safari itineraries offered by his program, with 500 clients participating in an average of 8 safaris apiece.

In addition to serving as the prime instructor for Washington Photo Safari, Mr. Luria also does photography instruction for the Capital Photography Center, Embassy-Photocraft Camera, the National Cherry Blossoms Festival, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Kreeger Museum, Things to Do DC, Professionals in the City, and many local camera clubs. Mr. Luria has appeared as photographic expert on WAMU.FM's Kojo Nmandi Show, an NPR affiliate, and also as a luncheon speaker at the National Press Club.

An honors graduate of Amherst College, Mr.Luria is a US Army veteran fluent in Spanish, French and German. Prior to becoming a professional photographer, Mr. Luria spent a long career as a senior executive with several international non-profit organizations, such as CARE, Partners of the Americas, and World Learning. Since 1996 he has also served weekly as a volunteer information specialist with the Travelers Aid Society at Reagan Washington National Airport.

Attend this Safari

This event has already occurred. Please check the calendar for current Safaris.

Meet in front of bookstore of FDR Memorial on West Basin Drive SW, near the intersection with Ohio Drive SW.

Location: FDR Memorial, Washington, DC,20242

Afternoon Cherry Blossoms at the Tidal Basin

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