It’s safe to say that many people are welcoming some of spring’s tried and true ceremonies with open arms, from opening days at ballparks across the country to upcoming May Day celebrations in communities. One of the most celebrated rites of spring is the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C.
Since 1927, Washingtonians and visitors to the nation’s capital have celebrated spring’s arrival with D.C.’s signature spring event: its annual display of cherry blossoms. It's a tradition that began with a gift of more than 3,000 Yoshino cherry trees from the people of Japan, to be planted around the Tidal Basin, to mark the countries’ enduring friendship.
More than 1.5 million people are expected to visit D.C. this year to admire the blossoming cherry trees and participate in a host of related programs. As always, visitors will take photo after photo until the blossoms reach their peak bloom and fall to the ground. Capturing that perfect shot of the cherry blossoms is not just a job for professional photographers these days – camera technology has advanced along with the launch of photo-enhancing apps.
If you’re not among those who will catch a firsthand look at D.C.’s rite of spring, you can live vicariously through those who post their own cherry blossom galleries, made possible through photo-enhancing apps like:
- Waterlogue, which converts photos taken on iOS devices into watercolor-inspired works of digital art worthy of framing.
- Percolator, which transforms photos into multicolor mosaics.
- Color Splash, which gives photos a dramatic look by converting them to black and white, while keeping chosen details in color.
- Afterlight, which offers more than 30 filters for subtle variance in intensity.