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Cherry Blossom Fireworks

Each year  the National Cherry Blossoms Festival – in cooperation with the Southwest Waterfront, puts on a SPECTACULAR display of fireworks, and this year it  takes place on Saturday evening, April 15, 2017!

We want to help you capture this display in your camera with this special workshop on fireworks photography, giving you skills that will come in handy when July 4th comes along! Architectural photographer and Washington Photo Safari director E. David Luria will provide advice on camera settings, exposure, shutter speeds, composition, focus and white balance and ISO settings to give you the most dramatic pictures of fireworks bursting over the Jefferson Memorial. 

Our safari begins at 7:30 PM at the base of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the Tidal Basin with an orientation on twilight, nighttime, and fireworks photography technique. We then go to a strategically selected point to capture the fireworks display at 8:30 PM, bursting over the adjacent Jefferson Memorial and the DC skyline. (Fireworks always look more interesting when you have a recognizable landmark in the foreground.)
Bring your camera and all its lenses. For best results, we suggest a camera with adjustable shutter speeds and apertures and a Manual Mode.  Smartphones are not recommended for this safari.  A flashlight comes in handy, and a strong, sturdy tripod is a MUST!  By the end of the safari at 9:30  pm you should have some gorgeous memories of this year’s  festival.

Cherry Blossom Festival logoWashington Photo Safari is an official activity of the 2017 National Cherry Blossom Festival. The National Cherry Blossom Festival is the nation’s greatest springtime celebration. The 2017 Festival, March 20 – April 16, includes three spectacular weeks and four weekends of tours featuring diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit. Visit for more information, and find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 

Photo: By Joy Phillippi

Safari Details:

Offered Saturday, April 15, 2017, 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm.  Meet on Tidal Basin path by the water’s edge in front of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, located near the intersection of Independence Ave SW and West Basin Drive SW.  Nearest Metro is Smithsonian, Blue/Orange Lines.  Do NOT attempt to drive or park, as you will spend the whole evening searching for a spot!  Capital Bikeshare stations are located nearby at the Smithsonian Metro stop and Ohio Drive SW and West Basin Drive SW. 

Register early, this one will fill up quickly!

See our full list of Cherry Blossom Festival tours HERE!

About the Instructor:

E. David Luria is a professional architectural photographer trained in Paris by a protégé of Henri Cartier-Bresson. His work has appeared in over 100 publications, and his images currently appear in the annual calendars of the US Capitol Historical Society, including one on the cover. His Washington Photo Safari program, with a 5-star rating and annual Certificates of Excellence from Trip Advisor, has trained over 34,000 amateur photographers on 4,900 + photo safaris since 1999.