Photographers are Lemmings. Well, Maybe not All…
Thursday, March 30th, 2006 by Blue Pixel
Instead of thinking about going into DC and photographing the Cherry Blossoms when they're in bloom; today I actually did it. And from the number of other folks there, I was not the only one who decided to get up at an ungodly hour to shoot them at sunrise. So what's a photographer to do when you arrive with the excitement and the anticipation of creating some really cool photos and find the pristine view littered with tripods?
A bit shell-shocked at first, I fought the urge to be a lemming and follow the pack. I walked beyond the rows of tripods lining the Jefferson Memorial tidal basin, tried some new angles, played around with shutter speeds and experimented with depth of field.
Reviewing my shots, there are things I like but nothing I love. There are things I would do differently. I learned from my experiments and isn’t that what digital photography and making art is all about?
I’m ready to go back and shoot sunset, experiment some more and fill my soul.
But after a nap. Getting up at 4:00am is a killer.