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Old Apr 2, 2006, 10:47 PM   #1
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Well, I only had to 'travel' a few miles to take these, but I wasn't sure where else to post them so I figured this would work!

Went downtown this week to take some pics of the Cherry Blossoms in bloom along the Tidal Basin...
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Old Apr 2, 2006, 10:48 PM   #2
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Old Apr 2, 2006, 10:49 PM   #3
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And these were taken at a Lantern Lighting ceremony along the basin. This woman was the "Embassy of Japan Princess"
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Old Apr 2, 2006, 10:50 PM   #4
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Behind her is the 350 year old lantern they were lighting...
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Old Apr 2, 2006, 10:51 PM   #5
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And one more...
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Old Apr 5, 2006, 10:31 PM   #6
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Nice shot #3, what cam did you use?
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Old Apr 6, 2006, 7:27 PM   #7
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Thanks! I really appreciate the comment! :-)(I was actually a little bitdissappointed with the slightly washed out/faded look to the pics...but may try to play aroundsave a bit in photoshop to boost the color a bit. Ialso stillneed to get a polarizer for my wide angle lens!)

Anyway, I have a Nikon D50, with the kit lens (which I took the wider angle tidal basin shots with), and also a 70-300mm zoom, which I used to take the pictures of the women. We were at the back of a crowd, standing just behind the seated audience, and the womenwerein aceremony up a on a smallstage-quite a ways from where we were standing, so I was zoomed all the way in.

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Old Apr 10, 2006, 11:04 AM   #8
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I love #3.

You should be able to increase the saturation in your photo editing software. That will help revive the colors. You may also want to check the saturation setting on your camera and try resetting that to a higher level.

You also may want to correct the tilt in #2 (and a little less so in #1). The Washington Monument is leaning a little too far forward. That's a tricky one to work with because of its tapered shape but you'll be able to get it to look right.
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