During our visit to Washington, DC, we went downtown on a lovely warm sunny April morning. There was thousands of people out for the Cherry Blossom race – a running race that takes in much of the wonderful cherry blossom that is out this time of the year. It also brought out many photographers keen to get THE picture and couples with photographers getting “couples” pictures with blossom as their background.
I struggled to get an reasonable dynamic range with this exposure. My processing software (Lightroom) has a new de-haze function and this has helped on the sky. Half Dome is now more visible in the distance and the treatment in shadows in the valley hopefully a little more subtle.
One of the most special days on our trip through the US last Sept was a pre-dawn guided tour of Monument Valley. We were staying in a tent in the sand dunes that look out on the Mittens, and stumbled out of the tent and to the hotel to meet our guide for the morning. The first stop we made was on the dirt road dropping into park. There had been some rain which served as nice foreground interest for this shot.
At the end of five weeks touring the states we ended up in Bar Harbor, Maine. At the end of the season there were still many tourists walking round this quaint touristy town. We ate heartily at the Thirsty Whale, but I really liked a wall of driver plates stuck up on the side wall of another restaurant on the main drag from the harbour.
We stayed in what is laughingly called a campsite. We were pointed in the direction of some sand dunes looking directly on to the Mittens. We pitched our tent and in the morning it was like waking up in a John Wayne movie. The site did have washrooms and a office which had wifi, and depending on the direction of the wind, the wifi occasionally reached to the tent some 20 metres further into the sand dunes. A wonderful place.