31 December 2009

homemade rolls

Eric makes a mean homemade roll. I couldn't decide which one, so here's a three spot for the New Year.
(ISO 800, f/2.0)

30 December 2009

the creek again

Now for the real snow on the banks of my creek. I love the sky through the trees.
(ISO 100, f/25.0, 1/6s, eV -1.00)

28 December 2009

27 December 2009

dunes of...snow

I took a photo in March in the sand. The shadows here are pretty similar, though with a vastly different temperature.
(ISO 100, f/11.0, 1/640s, eV -1.00)

26 December 2009

a lone male

One red cardinal against the snow. I really wish I had a long zoom lens for this one.
(ISO 100, f/5.0, 1/3200s, eV -1.00)

25 December 2009

bright red

Red really stands out against snow. I guess that's why ski patrol wears red coats...
(ISO 100, f/22.0, 1/100s, eV -1.00)

24 December 2009


I briefly considered getting my snowboard to go down this ramp. She cautioned against it, saying something about a small margin of error. Pish posh!
(ISO 100, f/22.0, 1/100s, eV -1.00)

23 December 2009

winter apartments

Thigh deep snow drifts. We apartment dwellers don't quite know what our responsibilities are regarding snow removal. Me, I went and played in it.
(ISO 400, f/22.0, 1/80s, eV -1.00)

22 December 2009

la ville de lumières

Looking forward to getting my first stamp on my passport. It's taken far too long.
(ISO 800, f/2.0, 1/20s)

21 December 2009

before the real storm

Earlier this month, we got a few inches of snow. I thought I was jinxing myself by buying a snow shovel for our ground floor apartment. Boy, was I wrong!
(ISO 400, f/13.0, 1/25s)

06 December 2009

seafood, in neon

Commercial Boulevard & State Road A1A. Closed road, Elvis impersonator, eating ice cream outside in November. Gotta love Florida!
(ISO 400, f/3.2, 1/640s, eV -1.00)

05 December 2009

not a canal in venice

Rather, the one in my parents' backyard. There are no gondolas. Just anhingas and filthsome Muscovy ducks.
(ISO 200, f/11.0, 1/80s, eV -1.00)

04 December 2009

hibiscus shadow

In the viewfinder, it can be tough to see what's in focus when the aperture is wide open. The shadow of the stigma is crystal clear, while its tangible counterpart is blurred.
(ISO 100, f/2.2, 1/2500s)

03 December 2009

peering over the grounds

Flagler House has since been turned into a museum in Palm Beach, Florida. It sits on the Intracoastal Waterway. You can see the view from the estate. Pretty nice, no?
(ISO 100, f/7.1, 1/320s)

02 December 2009

a whole room dedicated to lace?

I'll lay on my stomach and take pictures of the shadows the lace curtains cast, thank you very much.
(ISO 100, f/7.1, 1/160s)

01 December 2009

early electricity

Henry Flagler was a wealthy man. Tycoon wealthy. Founded Standard Oil with John D. Rockefeller wealthy. We toured his mansion on Black Friday. Much of it was ornate and insanely ostentatious. More photos of that to follow.
(ISO 800, f/9.0, 1/20s)

26 November 2009

neon cups of coffee

Nighttime on the neon hunt. A pizza shop in Clarendon, I believe.
(ISO 800, f/1.8, 1/2500s)

25 November 2009

beau's lawn

No caption needed. If you don't know who lives here, I'll give you a hint. He's kind of a big deal.
(ISO 200, f/2.5, 1/1600s)

24 November 2009

lunch in lafayette square

For such a gorgeous day, there weren't a whole lot of people out and about in Lafayette Square. The A. Litteri subs we got were best enjoyed with a warming filter from a worm's eye view. The White House gawkers were an entertaining bonus.
(ISO 400, f/11.0, 1/25s)

23 November 2009

popeye's harem

A. Litteri is an Italian market in D.C. that has been open since 1926. They keep eighty or so types of olive oil in stock. Popeye wouldn't need to fight with Bluto anymore.
(ISO 400, f/1.8, 1/25s)

17 November 2009

early morning sunlight

Goofing off with my camera, quietly in the morning. It rekindled my desire to take some photos of interesting bathrooms, starting with the retro-cool men's room at the Corcoran Gallery. Is that strange?
(ISO 800, f/3.2, 1/10s)

16 November 2009

halls of justice

Armed only with my 35mm, I had to be creative to photograph the front of the Supreme Court in the early evening. I couldn't fit the facade in any other way.
(ISO 400, f/11.0, 28.0s)

15 November 2009

capitol late night

Little did we know Congress was actually in session on this evening.
(ISO 400, f/16.0, 10.0s)

14 November 2009

purity in fall

It's not often that I find flowers worth photographing in the fall. These didn't seem all that worthy, but sometimes the shutter sees things differently.
(ISO 100, f/1.8, 1/400s)

13 November 2009

saturated paintjob

I can't even believe some of the so-called facts about this automaker from Wikipedia. They're mighty ridiculous.
(ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/80s)

12 November 2009

parade of trabants

East German automaker Trabant made cars with two-stroke engines and 10-year waiting lists. Zero-to-sixty in 21 seconds: scorching!
(ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/60s)

11 November 2009

a forgotten memorial

Obscured by trees and rarely visited, the World War One Memorial is often overlooked by tourists looking for the WWII, Vietnam, or Korean War memorials.
(ISO 800, f/4.0, 1/13s, eV -1.00)

07 November 2009

a field of fall

I deemed this field to be perfect for bocce ball. Unfortunately, the neighbors take their dogs out here. I'm not wild about playing bocce and trying to avoid lawn mines.
(ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/50s)

06 November 2009

a different perspective

I climbed out of the creekbed, screwed on the new prime, and added a warming filter before clicking the shutter. All I had to worry about was a car pulling into the parking spot.
(ISO 200, f/1.8, 1/800s)

05 November 2009

comforting my mother

It was a long day. I'm glad I was able to be there and that everything went as well as could be expected.
(ISO 100, f/2.2, 1/60s, eV -0.33)

04 November 2009

the florida version of an ivy-covered wall

I'm not sure if this is ivy or not. The shot was similar; I had to try it with the new lens. Good bokeh on this lens, yes?
(ISO 200, f/1.8, 1/400s, eV -0.33)

03 November 2009

welcome to tampa

It's been a few months since I've been to Florida. Laying on my stomach with a camera isn't what I used to do by the pool's edge. I forgot my board shorts anyhow.
(ISO 200, f/14.0, 1/30s, eV -0.33)

02 November 2009

reading a classic

I'm doing everything I can to avoid finishing my reread of A Tale of Two Cities. I'm a hundred pages in with little recollection of anything that's happened thus far. Playing with my new lens was much more exciting.
(ISO 200, f/1.8, 1/30s, eV -0.33)

01 November 2009

watching leaves die

Or so Kevin Nealon would tweet, "Ah, Autumn...there is nothing more beautiful than watching the slow death of leaves."
(ISO 200, f/4.5, 1/100s, eV -0.67)

31 October 2009

from the creekbed

Pretty, ain't it? You'd never know that this drainage creek is clogged with empty beer cans and malt liquor bottles. Well, except that I just told you.
(ISO 200, f/20.0, 1/40s)

29 October 2009

flickr advised

Del verano en mi barrio nuevo. Una caminata de la manana con la luz perfecta. Te gusta?
(ISO 100, f/4.0, 1/320s)

23 October 2009

gazing up at the roof

I've tried and tried to get a decent shot inside a Metro station. This is the latest in what may have been several dozen photos deleted previously.
(ISO 400, f/6.3, 1/5s, eV -1.00)

18 October 2009


Last summer, I sold my pickup truck. Every time I see an old one around town, I daydream about the day when I can get a new (old) pickup truck. I often drive past this one outside of Stalcup Farms in Vienna. It sets my mind a-wandering.
(ISO 200, f/8.0, 1/80s)

17 October 2009

a rusty old bike

I'm sure this was purposely placed in this manner. I'm probably not the only person to snap a shot of it. I tried many different angles; few were great.
(ISO 200, f/5.0, 1/100s)

16 October 2009

maiz de colores

I've never quite understood why maize is such an integral decoration in the fall. I'm pretty sure it's barely edible. I much prefer the squash family or summer corn. Yet another photo that'd make a pretty good puzzle.
(ISO 400, f/5.0, 1/30s)

15 October 2009

pumpkin time

Back in high school, I unloaded a few trucks full of pumpkins. By trucks, I mean eighteen wheelers stacked floor to ceiling, from stem to stern. We got $900 per trailer. Somehow, I learned things in photography class the next day despite my fatigue.
(ISO 200, f/4.5, 1/200s)

13 October 2009

channeling uncle deck

A locally famous photographer named Deck Lane is in my family tree. My folks have one of his shots at home that will become mine someday. Once I found out it was taken by a family member, I liked it even more. Like him, I'm largely self-taught, but digital makes it far less expensive to do so nowadays.
(ISO 100, f/11, 1/125s, eV -0.33)

12 October 2009

11 October 2009

10 October 2009

nutella, the breakfast of champions

Beautiful lighting filtering through the trees. A climber's breakfast; how very French of you, J.C.!
(ISO 200, f/6.3, 1/40s)

09 October 2009

the unforgiven

I took almost 300 photos over the weekend. Shooting in low light with the flash used to yield washed out messes. Something clicked with experimentation this weekend. Here, Tim works on The Unforgiven, a V7 crimpfest.
(ISO 200, f/6.3, eV -1.0, 1/40s or 1/60s)