On Halloween night I attended the “Cherry Blossoms in then Fall!” safari through Washington Photo Safari. It was just a bit early for colorful fall leaves on the cherry trees but David Luria made the safari worth while. David started off with a basic lesson in travel photography covering topics like shutter speed, f-stop, as well as how to properly pose people. I knew a decent amount of the information discussed but David teaches well so I learned a few memory tricks and new ways of thinking.
After the travel photography lesson we walked around the Tidal Basin learning proper technique and a few hot spots for photographing the area. I’m impressed with the extent of David’s knowledge, he knows about practically every camera in existence. It’s worth the trip just to pick his brain a bit.
We made our way from the FDR memorial to the Jefferson Memorial where the safari ended. The leaves were’t on full color display but I did learned a lot and captured some photos I really like, below are three of my favorite.
This first photo sort of came together with the help of another safari student. I was shooting the couple as a silhouette with the Washington Monument in the background when he pointed out reflection in the marble floor. I have him in part to thank for this.
My favorite photo of the evening came when I snuck off on my own for a moment near the end. I notice the sun coming low from the side creating nice shadows from the pillars. I switched to black and white, stepped around the side, and set up this shot while waiting for the area to clear out a bit.
The third and final photo here is the black and white version of the photo from the start of this post. It was getting late but I wanted to try and capture one more shot before dark since I was without a tripod. I really like the color version above but I think black and white conversion creates a nice image here as well.