If you don’t mind getting up REAL early and tromping around the Tidal Basin on a COLD April morning, this photo Safari’s for you. (Remember that great art is ONLY produced through suffering, so this Safari is bound to make you an artist!) The early sun filtering through the blossoms gives them a lovely, golden light, much nicer than the harsh white light of mid-day.
We meet at 6:15 am (sorry!), and then the sun comes up about 6:50 am on the east side of the Tidal Basin. Thus, with the sun behind us, we photograph our way around the Tidal Basin, capturing the Jefferson Memorial, the FDR Memorial, the Washington Monument, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, all framed by blossoms in the early morning sun. On weekday safaris we will move from one location to the next by DC Circulator Bus, giving us more time for photography in each location! (Your bus fare is included in your fee.)
2019 will mark the 17th consecutive year we have conducted these cherry blossoms safaris! 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!”
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is the nation’s greatest springtime celebration. The Festival 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 nationalcherryblossomfestival.org for more information, and find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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. Non-photographer friends/spouses are welcome to accompany you at no charge.
Meet at Tidal Basin Paddleboat Rental Station, 1500 Maine Ave SW. The closest Metro station is Smithsonian on Blue/Orange Line, a 12-minute walk to the Paddleboat rental station. The safari ends at the FDR Memorial. Parking is available in Lots A, B and C on Ohio Drive SW in East Potomac Park. (You can return to Smithsonian Metro by walking around the Tidal Basin or by taking the DC Circulator Bus from the MLK/FDR stop all the way around the Mall back to the Smithsonian Metro for just one dollar!)
Click on "CHECK MORE DATES" for more date options. See our full list of Cherry Blossom Festival tours HERE!
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.