Afternoon Cherry Blossoms at the Tidal Basin
Thursday, March 28, 2013 | 3:00 pm-5:30 pm
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 2013 Festival is March 20 - April 14, and features daily cultural performances, sporting events, arts & crafts, demonstrations and other special events. The National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates the 101th 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 nationalcherryblossomfestival.org or call the Festival hotline at (877) 44BLOOM.
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 http://cherryblossom.fotodc.org.
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.
Open to photographers at any skill level with any kind of camera, film or digital. Offered daily during the Festival.
Instructor: E. David Luria
- David Luria is the founder and director of the Washington Photo Safari™.
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 and in over 100 publications, including 24 photographs in the coffee-table book "Washington DC Visions."
He also serves as Contributing Photographer to WHERE-Washington Magazine, the Entertainment Book, and the Washington Post’s Apartment Showcase and Washington Spaces Magazines, and his Washington Photo Safaris have trained over 21,000 amateur photographers in basic techniques of travel, landmark, portrait, museum, nighttime, and other photographic specialties.
In addition to serving as the prime instructor for Washington Photo Safari, he also does photography instruction for Penn Camera, the Smithsonian Resident Associates program, 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 and also as a luncheon speaker at the National Press Club.
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
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