You look through your camera viewfinder and see Washington DC's Tidal Basin ringed in vibrant color: deep red, gold, pink, orange, purple, and brown.
Cherry blossoms in the spring? NO! These are Washington’s famous cherry trees in the FALL! What a spectacle! Who KNEW? You can frame the Washington Monument or the Jefferson Memorial in a circle of fiery red leaves, or you can zoom in on a huge cherry tree with its colorful branches arching over the pathway and touching the surface of the water, what a great shot!
Here is your opportunity to AVOID the springtime crowds and enjoy Washington DC’s Tidal Basin in the mild weather of early November on a photo safari led by the man who knows where all the best shots are -- architectural photographer E. David Luria, founder and director of the Washington Photo Safari, and official photographer of the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival. On this 2 and ½ hour walking excursion, Mr. Luria will first review general tips in travel photography and then lead you to the best views of fall on the Tidal Basin, assisting you with tips on exposure, composition, lighting, and making full use of all the features of your camera.
Our starting point, the FDR Memorial, offers hours of photographic fun, exploring the waterfalls, the Depression-era statues, and the depictions of FDR and Eleanor. Then we make our way along the Tidal Basin path with the late afternoon sun behind us, giving us great views of the Tidal Basin., the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial all framed in multi-colored cherry blossoms, and then, at sunset, the illuminated Washington Monument bathed in the deep blue light of twilight framed in the columns of the Jefferson Memorial . And it is ONLY Washington Photo Safari clients who get an EXCLUSIVE peek at our secret spot: the “Our Lady of the Blossoms Cherry Tree!”
Meet at visitor center entrance to FDR Memorial, on SW Basin Drive near Ohio Drive SW, Washington DC. The nearest metro is Smithsonian.
E. David Luria is founder and director of the Washington Photo Safari. He is a commercial photographer specializing in architecture, editorial, event, food, art/still life and landmark photography.
A member of the American Society of Media Photographers and the Society of Photographic Educators, he has had his images of the National Capital Area appear in over 100 national and local publications.
David is a graduate of Amherst College and studied photography in Paris with a protege of Henri Cartier Bresson.