I spent Friday down at the Tidal Basin in D.C. taking pictures of the cherry blossoms. They were beautiful, but not quite peaked, which lent some pictures to more bloom than blossom.
There's no doubt that the reason people go to take pictures there is the gorgeous color of the cherry trees. So why the black and white?
In a few of my photos, the colors just didn't mesh well. The sky was all grey, the water too murky. The backs of the flowers were more greenish-orange than white and pink. I think by taking out the color, it emphasizes the composition and subject and gets rid of the "Eww... those colors just don't go together" aspect of the originals.
Tomorrow I'll post the color pics, but for today, here are my two favorites in black and white.