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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”.


“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


Weekly Photo Challenge: Love

I’m a little late on this one. This isn’t a photo I made. My daughter took this picture of my parents using her iPhone. Their 54th anniversary was January 17th, and was celebrated while my mom was recovering from an illness in the hospital.

Here is a video I created when they celebrated their 50th on January 17, 2009. http://youtu.be/ik4rmB8qgLc.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond

This is just my second posting to the Weekly Photo Challenge.  I’m not sure how most are approaching the challenge, but I want to take each week’s challenge as an assignment rather than to post past images.  It will give me an opportunity to make a new image.

I live in northern Virginia, and just outside the capitol beltway.  When I first saw the challenge, I immediately thought about going downtown and capturing an image of the Lincoln Memorial with the Washington Monument and US Capitol in the background.  I might have simply taken that option, but while driving around Lake Anna State Park this afternoon I thought this might make a nice image and give me an opportunity to try out Nik HDR Efex Pro 2.  Everything is void of color this time of year, so I thought the software might pull out a little something and make a nice image.

You never know what lies beyond the next curve in the road.



Weekly Photo Challenge – Illumination

Weekly Photo Challenge – Illumination

This is my first blog post and my first Weely Photo Challenge submission. I am very new at this, so bear with me as I figure out the whole blogging protocol.

I’ve been playing around with light painting Dave Black style. I have always admired his creative images and after watching his light painting classes at Kelby Training, I thought I would give it a try.

The image is shot with a 30 second exposure at F-14 using small LED flashlights to illuminate the image. The image contains my Dad’s old cameras and his photography handbook. I first learned 35mm photography using the Petri Racer pictured on the right. The Kodak Retina was his first camera, which quit working when I was a toddler. It’s COMPLETELY manual. No range finder or light meter. He always said he wasted more film than he got usable pictures from. He shot mostly slide film and I followed suit for many years.