Another from my walk in the woods. Enjoy!
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Yesterday was my 44th birthday and my gift to myself was to take a walk in the woods, camera in hand. These are a few of the shots I took along the way. If you're in the DC area, I highly recommend visiting the Patuxent National Wildlife Refuge - an absolutely beautiful place to walk and connect with nature.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Among the many memorials and monuments in DC is the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, which honors the men and women who protect and serve us every day. There are over 20,000 names on the Memorial. It is a truly humbling place.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014
My challenge this week is to use my Lensbaby lens. Particularly when using it with the macro attachment, it is a challenge because the focal point can really move around. I made it extra challenging today shooting small flora on a windy day. The top photo is a flower seed head I think, with all the seeds blown off into the wind. I may revisit this one with a regular macro lens. The bottom one is a bit of post-processing trickery. The flower is really bright orange in the petals. To highlight the center (and in focus) portion, I used Lightroom to selectively change the levels of exposure for the petals. A little clunky - you can see some of the orange still in the petals, but it does put more emphasis on the center portion.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014
This was taken at the butterfly garden near the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History during my lunch walk today. It took a bit of twisting, but I was able to isolate this one flower from a whole bunch.
On my way up the Metro escalator, I took a quick snap of the concrete wall - the texture looked interesting. I then used the creative filters built into the Canon 70D to convert to black and white and add a bit of graininess.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Along Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC, there are a number of places with old art deco features like street lamps and buildings with art deco elements. One of my favorite items are a number of circular benches that fit around trees. I love the lines and have been thinking the last few days how to capture the curves of a bench in a photo. Here's my first attempt.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
I felt like I needed something with a little color in it, especially since it was a gray, rainy day here in DC. Photo on top, which is of a walkway near the National Gallery of Art (East Wing - modern stuff), is the product of "intentional camera movement" and some tweaking in Lightroom. I was drawn to the contrast between the lush green lawn and the granite walkway and the south wall of the museum.
Photo on the bottom is of a my train to work arriving at Forest Glen Station.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
A bit much going on with this post. The top photo is from our Monday trip to the National Zoo. The next two are of an antique wood plane - both close up detail shots. I think I'll be going back to the plane for other photos - lots of interesting details. Fourth shot is from my lunch walk today. This is actually a sculpture of a flower. I used my 30mm Sigma to get in close and capture some of the interesting lines of the sculpture. And last was a quick snap from the platform of the Fort Totten Metro Station of the late afternoon sky. Beautiful altocumulus clouds.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Friday, October 10, 2014
I had limited time today, so I decided to take something on my Metro ride. I put a 20mm extension tube on my 50-150 lens and took this photo of the top edge of a seat and the metal seam created by a compartment cover. I adjusted a little in LR, but this is mostly out of the camera. I can't say this is the best photo I've ever taken, but there's a minimalist aspect to it that I find oddly appealing.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Monday, October 6, 2014
Sunday, October 5, 2014
These were definitely experimental photos. The top one, from Day 13 (I did post to FB), is of our glob spinning around. The bottom one is another attempt on my part to capture water droplets. Still a work in progress, but definitely an entertaining project and great fun experimenting with my Canon 70D's high speed shutter.
Friday, October 3, 2014
One aspect of this project has been trying to find an interesting way to capture the colorful graffiti at several spots on my Metro ride home. This is a bit more subdued than a prior photo I posted, but I this conveys a sense of movement.