Archive for Cherry Blossom Time

Wait, You Think The Tulip Frenzy Is This Weekend…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on April 17, 2015 by johnbuckley100

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People Taking Pictures Of Themselves Taking Pictures Of People Taking Pictures

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on April 13, 2015 by johnbuckley100

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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.

At Home In The Cherry Blossoms

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on April 16, 2014 by johnbuckley100

This couple was happy they could be there when the sun was bright and the weather warm, before winter came back and scattered buds everywhere. Leica M, 50mm APO-Summicron-ASPH, ND filter.


Juxtaposition In The Nation’s Capital

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on April 13, 2014 by johnbuckley100

Different strokes for different folks.  Leica M, 21mm Summilux, ND filter.


Seeing The Cherry Blossoms Was Like Being In A Smartphone Commercial

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on April 11, 2014 by johnbuckley100



Good Lord, is there anyone in America buying a compact camera these days?  Last night, in what amounts to our first annual People Taking Pictures Of People Taking Pictures Of People Taking Pictures Of… Themselves, we saw a fair number of folks out with their Canons and Nikons and, interestingly, Fuji cameras.  But where even three years ago we would have seen some tourists with compact cameras, last night all the action was in the Smartphone category.

Whether it was stalking the desired image with a Smartphone…


Or reviewing the image just taken with a Smartphone…


And whether one was taking a selfie…



Or trying to get everyone to cooperate with the family photo…


It was an exercise in iPhonography.  We can certainly accept that.  iPhones are excellent cameras, and the best camera is the one you have with you, right?

But we’re not sure we can go along with this…


All images Leica M with 50mm APO-Summicron-ASPH.



Happiness Is: Sunset In The Tidal Basin When The Cherry Blossoms Are Out

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on April 11, 2014 by johnbuckley100

Leica M, 50mm APO-Summicron-ASPH.  People sure were happy.  More anon.


The Cherry Blossom Frenzy Fast Approaches

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on April 9, 2014 by johnbuckley100

Ah, that time of year when people take pictures… of people taking pictures… of people taking pictures of the cherry blossoms.

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Cherry Blossom Time As En Plein Air Portrait Studio

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on April 10, 2013 by johnbuckley100

All pictures Leica M-240 with 50mm APO-Summicron-Asph.  Click on picture for detailed viewing.

It’s Cherry Blossom Time in Washington, D.C. and everyone is enjoying the nice weather.


It’s a time for relaxation in the suddenly gorgeous spring, which given how consistently cold the winter was, provides immediate happiness.


But it’s also a time in which people come to the Mall to have their picture taken, and everyone is either posing for a picture…


taking a picture…


Or reviewing a picture.


The mass  phenomenon of people taking pictures of themselves is a byproduct of the Smartphone Revolution.


But everyone loves getting their picture taken during Cherry Blossom Time, even if it’s not by the person to whom they thought they’d given the assignment.

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It can all be a bit much.  Until you see how happy it makes everyone.


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