In normal years on a nice sunny weekend day the crowds resemble those of a concert or football game! Television news cameras broadcast video from the air as helicopters capture images from above.
Saturday, May 1, 2021
Cherry Blossoms at University of Washington
If you live in the area, you can't escape the reports on TV on when they are hitting.
If you are not a photographer (or even if you are), the school has done a really cool thing this year. In hopes of keeping the crowds down during the pandemic, they installed a web cam high above! I love this vantage!
I think I focused a lot more on "shooting high" during this visit, both to capture these beautiful buildings, and also because of what seemed like a sea of "Mask Up" and "Social Distance" signs spread across the ground. Yeah, there was a downside to visiting during this time. Some people would move the signs to get them out of their composition, such as hide them behind a tree. Then move them back once they were finished.
Others, such as me, tried to place them in such a way that they could be easily removed in Photoshop with the spot removal tool or content-aware fill. The more plain the background behind the image is, the easier this task becomes. Complexity can add challenges.
Finally, what lens to use. I say bring them all! I mostly used my 24-70mm. But I did play with my 70-200mm a bit for close-ups. Wide angle lenses might have been the most popular for others during my visit. But you would want to have people in your images, or plan to spend a lot of time in front of the computer removing them!
Bring your patience and be respectful of others, of course. You might have to wait for another photographer to finish, the person taking the selfie to move on, or the group of friends trying to get their group shot just right! I've even seen wedding pictures being taken here! No mater, take a deep breath and enjoy the moment. It will be worth it!
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As always, thanks for looking!