Cherry Blossoms In Washington, DC

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mikeyew
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Cherry Blossoms In Washington, DC
Mar 14, 2012

Can anyone tell me which lens would be ideal to photograph the cherry blossoms in Washington, DC? I have a K5 and some primes and zooms and would like to travel somewhat light. Any suggestions? Thanks.

Mike

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smafdy
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Re: Cherry Blossoms In Washington, DC
In reply to mikeyew, Mar 14, 2012

A variety of focal lengths is good. Wide angle to cover the blossoms and architecture together, long focal length to shoot/frame around the crowds, and macro/semi macro for close ups of the blossoms (the blossoms aren’t all that spectacular close up, as they are very frilly and undefined).

That said, expect to be able to shoot straight up, primarily, as the aforementioned crowds will drive you crazy. Getting a good shot without someone bumping you or walking into frame is nearly impossible. The popularity of the blossoms has made a visit to the area in which they primarily bloom — the Tidal Basin/Jefferson Memorial — a very irritating and frustrating place to practice photography.

Do take the long focal length, as the last time I was there, there were Bald Eagles in the Tidal Basin area (makes for some interesting shots if you can get a little contest against which to shoot them).

Other than that, there are plenty of photo ops along the National Mall — from street photos of tourists to world class architecture, to nature.

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smafdy
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Re: Cherry Blossoms In Washington, DC
In reply to smafdy, Mar 14, 2012

Correction: . . . a little context . . .

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mikeyew
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In reply to smafdy, Mar 16, 2012

It looks like I'll take a kit zoom and the 55-300, my longest lens. I've always wanted to get a DA 17-77 but haven't yet so it'll be the 18-55 or 16-45.

I plan to visit DC on a Monday or Tuesday to try to avoid the crowds and the fewer lenses the better.

Thanks for your reply!

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