Foto Friday – May 13, 2011

Foto Friday – May 13, 2011

Foto Friday is a feature on Get Busy Livin’ and will run regularly, you guessed it,  every Friday.  This will be my opportunity to display some of my photography, as well as a short story to go with the photograph.

Today’s photo came from a recent business trip to the Washington D.C. area.  My client flew me in the day before, so I made my way from the airport down to the national mall to catch the last weekend of the Cherry Blossom Festival.  I had been to D.C. a few times prior, but always missed the cherry blossoms, so I definitely wanted to take advantage of this trip.

I parked over by the western side of the Smithsonian buildings and walked for the next 4-5 hours to photograph the cherry blossoms and all of the national monuments.  I got some great photos of the Franklin memorial framed by cherry blossom trees, however, this one is one of my favorites from the trip. The tree line I am standing under frame out the Washington Monument very nicely, and the sky even cooperated too.

Washington D.C. is truly one of the most magnificent areas of this country, with all of the history, architecture and stories to tell, I have spent a few days here, but definitely could spend a few weeks and not see all of it!

Camera – Canon EOS Rebel XT | Lens – Tamron 11-17mm | Exposure –  1/200 – F/11

Any D.C stories or photos to share?  Share them below in the comments!

Justin Hamlin

Justin Hamlin is the founder of <a href="http://www.justinhamlin.com">Get Busy Livin'</a>, a blog founded on collaboration and story telling, dedicated to inspiring himself and others to get busy living their lives. He is a writer, photographer, computer nerd, story teller and world traveler. He calls New York home when him and his wife are not hunting down adventure, exploring the east coast or jet setting around the world. You can follow Justin on <a href="http://www.justinhamlin.com">Get Busy Livin'</a>, <a href="http://www.twitter.com/justinhamlin">Twitter</a> or <a href="http://www.facebook.com/GetBusyLivin">Facebook</a>.

  • Anonymous

     Love DC I need to make it there again.

    • Need to meet you in the middle there (okay, maybe not the middle) and go on a shoot around the city…

  •  Great shot bro!  Love how the branches frame the monument! Well done.

    • Thanks Peter. There were literally like 4 trees in a little cluster, I headed straight for those and thats where this shot came from. Took probably 20-30 from around that cluster of trees with different framing.

  • Jaime

     I have never been to DC but one day I will make it. Nice shot!

    • One day my friend, one day. If you can do latin america, you can definitely do the U.S.

      • Jaime

        But its so expensive! 

        • But so worth it. You have seen all the history of all these other countries, yet haven’t seen all of your own!

  •  That’s a cool shot. Did you have to circle the tree many times to get that frame effect? 🙂

    • Hey guys! Glad you liked it! As I told Peter below, there was a cluster of trees that are in the middle of a field off to the southwest of the monument that I headed straight for. I think I had about 20-30 frames with a different angle for the trees, etc.

  • TMC0604

    Nice shot!  Here’s a slightly different view, from a trip back in 2006.  I helped chaperone a group of Ann’s 8th graders…wow.

    • T –

      Thanks for dropping by!! I think you deserve a medal for being a chaperone and SURVIVING! Much respect to you!

      Love the photo, the depth of field and the colors! Thanks for sharing!

      Tell the wife (and my family) we said hello and miss all you guys!

  •  gorgeous shot! I haven’t been to DC since fifth grade but still remember seeing the Washington Monument for the first time and being wowed. 

    • Thanks for the kind words Jade! Thankfully I have been able to visit DC a few times and actually just moved about a 6 hours drive away, so it actually is a lot more accessible for more great shots!