…efforts of a want-a-be photographer

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New Techniques

I’m still playing around with my images from Friday’s Cherry Blossom excursion.  I was too lazy this year to get out there early in the morning before the crowds got there, so I had to be patient and find compositions that either eliminated the crowds of people, or minimized the distraction from the main element of the photo.

There is always some sort of construction occurring somewhere on the mall.  For the longest time, they have been working around the WWII Memorial, and now thanks to the 2011 earthquake, the Washington Monument is covered in scaffolding.  I attempted several images with varying success.  This image is a 7-image HDR processed with Nik’s HDR Efex Pro 2 initially.  You can see that image here, along with other images from the day.  I wasn’t thrilled with it, not sure why.

I recently acquired the full Nik Software bundle, thanks to Google.  So I took a crack at the image in Silver Efex Pro 2.  I am pleased with the results.Image

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Change

I was down on the National Mall yesterday, attempting a few photos of the Cherry Blossoms.  The Jefferson Memorial is my favorite of all the memorials.  The inscriptions inside are timeless, and we should all read them from time to time, particularly our elected leaders.  Panel four speaks specifically to “change”.

PANEL FOUR

“I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.”  Image


The Woodrow Wilson Bridge, Washington, DC

An early morning shot of the Wilson Bridge from the Virginia side. It wasn’t a great morning for a colorful sunrise, unfortunately, so I just desaturated it completely.


Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Out of DC for the latest snow/crapy weather.  We’re down in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to watch my son, JP, play in the Mingo Bay Baseball Classic.  Very cold here too, but no snow.  🙂

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A Day at the DC Zoo

A Day at the DC Zoo

We’ve lived in northern Virginia for over 10 years, and I’d only been to the DC Zoo once prior to today. A coworker and I decided to head over Sunday morning to try out luck photographing the animals. I didn’t have the best of luck. In my defense, the animals don’t simply pose on command. You have to be very patient and hope that when something interesting happens, you are in the right place with your camera pointed in that direction. The tricky thing about shooting at the zoo is that what would otherwise be a great shot, more often that not, captures a fence, man-made pond, or something concrete which makes the animal look like … it’s in the zoo.

Here’s the King of the DC Zoo.


No Mail On Saturdays……

If you’ve been following the story, the US Postal Service is about to reduce it’s mail delivery on Saturdays in an attempt to save money.  I remember they previously eliminated a lot of Post Offices in small rural towns attempting to do the same thing.  Somehow this one in Calverton, Virginia, survived that round of closures.  You have to admit this one is pretty cool.Image


iPhone Friday: Time

There just doesn’t seem to be enough……

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