Cherry Blossom

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Sometimes things just have a way of working out. I was shooting these cherry blossoms when the new, heavy-duty light I had purchased not two hours before decided to self combust. At first, I thought it was a power outage, but I still wanted to keep shooting. I had the idea to take advantage of the settings I was already using to shoot. The timer I was using to prevent camera shake let me maneuver myself into position by my light tent. To light the subject, I took advantage of the long exposure time to trigger my flash manually by hitting the “test” button while the shutter was open.

As glad as I am with these images though, Home Depot still owes me a new light.  

Cherry Blossom Festival

When my friend Alyssa invited me out to Washington DC for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, there was no way I could turn down the opportunity. On top of it being a good chance for me to get out, I figured that it would be good way to start creating news content again.  However; the attempt to combine the work and play didn’t work nearly as well as I had hoped. Basically, my attempts to work on news and self promote was time I was leaving Alyssa out, and time spent having fun was time I was stressing about not getting the shots and story that I wanted.

That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy the trip; DC was a blast. Getting to see the gathering of so many different cultures of people together in the capitol was amazing. I was happy just soaking up the atmosphere and taking photos while sitting in traffic. However; I think the highlight came after the festival started winding down, and Alyssa and I found ourselves at the super hero themed gay bar, The Green Lantern. We spent a few hours conversing with a group of older gentlemen, and even caught the prep to some sort of leather and latex event. Shame we both had places to be the next day, or we would have stayed. After an arduous late night drive in a car with some… questionable breaks, we arrived back I Kent around 6am. While the next day was pretty rough, it was totally worth the trip. I can’t wait to go back to DC again .