A two-day tour of Washington DC in B&W
I drove down to Washington DC with a friend for a two-day stay with the hope that I would finally witness the Japanese cherry trees around the Tidal basin in bloom. Unfortunately, it was in vain as we were a few days too early. We could see the buds ready to explode like popcorn with one or two more warm days, which we did not get… The blooming period for the cherry trees is quite elusive as last year, I arrived too late and missed it due to a warm spring. This year, exactly the opposite happened. I guess there’s always next year as I have family nice enough to provide shelter during my frequent visits to the DC area.
On our first day, we focused on the Eastern half of the Mall. We started the day at the Old Post Office tower, walked to the White House and back to the Smithsonian for a quick tour of the Museum of Natural History and a thorough visit of the Air & Space Museum. For the evening, we headed to Georgetown for dinner and drinks. We stopped by the Exorcist steps at dusk and at night. It is a must see for horror movie fans as it is featured in a key scene from the genre defining flick.
On the second day, we toured the Memorials around the Tidal Basin and in the Western half of the Mall from the Jefferson, FDR, MLK, Korean War, Vietnam War, Lincoln and WW II. In the afternoon we headed to the National Air & Space Museum, Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles airport. I had been multiple times to this place, which is probably my favorite aviation museum. However, it was my first visit since the Space Shuttle Discovery has been on display there. It was very exciting to see this piece of technology that has been in Space and orbited the Earth countless times.
The Korean War Memorial wall is an obvious place to take a self-portrait so I had to do it!
I shot the whole trip with a single lens lent by a friend. I liked its versatility so much that I bought a copy upon my return. The focal range of 24 to 105mm works beautifully on a full frame camera. There ‘s something to be said about not having to constantly change lenses.
Equipment: Canon DSLR 5D Mk III, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lens, RAW conversion using Lightroom 4.1