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Best Views of D.C.

It’s Cherry Blossom time in Washington, D.C. When hordes of tourists descend upon the city armed with cameras. I generally find the crush of people too overwhelming to take my own camera to Tidal Basin during the festival.

I’ve lived in the D.C. area for more than a decade and before this month, had only gone to see the blossoms twice. This year, however, I decided it was time to try again armed with the right gear (tripod and shutter remote) and the will to get up earlier than most. I went last weekend (peak was supposed to be last week) and had the place to myself, but a disappointing sunrise.

Although I was not rewarded with the best sunrise today, I did capture some beautiful views of my adopted city, spent time with a friend and logged quite a bit of practice with long exposures and sunrise metering. I also realized live view is a huge (but necessary) battery drain and I really need to order a backup battery.

Here are just a few of my favorites from today.

Before the sun:

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Closer to sunrise:

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Dawn in D.C.

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Throwback Thursday: Trip to England

In March 2008, I took a spectacular trip to England with my mom. Sure, it was rainy and gross most of the time. It even snowed on Easter, but we explored the Cornwall and London, drove on the “wrong” side of the road, couchsurfed for the first time, made some new friends and did so many things it was well worth it. I have no regrets about the trip, only about the photographs which I took with a point-and-shoot since I couldn’t yet afford a DSLR camera.