People Taking Pictures Of Themselves Taking Pictures Of People Taking Pictures

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All pictures taken by the Leica M and either the 28mm Summicron or 50mm APO-Summicron-Asph.

Since the advent of the iPhone, the Tidal Basin at Cherry Blossom time has taken on a frenzied atmosphere, as crowds press in to have their pictures taken, by others or themselves.

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Even when beauties show up for their portraits, it’s hard to believe their friends can get a clean shot without several smartphones in the foreground.

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Oh sure, there are faces that can be isolated from the crowd.

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And sometimes it’s fun to see people posing amidst the blossom frenzy.

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But the advent of Selfie Sticks is a pretty horrifying development, and if you note, even the toddler seems to be taking a selfie.

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And then it seems the only way to stand out and have a memorable image taken is to mug for the camera — your own camera.

But as you can tell, it was a lovely night, and after a long winter and a late bloom, the blossoms this year are truly awesome.

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