29 January 2010

walking away

What I initially thought was a throwaway shot turned out to be one of the most vibrant from the night. Yes, the saturation is a little off because of the high ISO, but I still like it. Bright!
(ISO 1600, f/4.5, 1/13s)

28 January 2010

movie theater

Despite the cooler temperatures, the typical Friday night scene of teenagers going to the movies continued unabated. Reston Town Center was bustling on this Friday night, though this photo would show otherwise. Patience is a virtue.
(ISO 400, f/9.0, 1/3s)

27 January 2010

a warm winter's eve

Outdoor ice rinks are all over the place in Northern Virginia and D.C. We went to Reston to check theirs out. Crowded with children and parents, it was a fun hour-long diversion.
(ISO 400, f/8.0, 1.5s)

25 January 2010

la luna llena

My first attempt at photographing la bella luna. I've been told that I need to treat it as if I'm photographing the sun and adjust my settings as such. When I tried, all that remained in the shot was one lone dot with everything else in the frame black. This was shot with my 35mm prime; a longer focal length may be in order for starters. Any other thoughts?
(ISO 1600, f/2.8, 1/6s)

18 January 2010

experimenting with photoshop

I spotted this leaf in the fall. It caught my eye from 15 feet away, and I wanted it to catch the viewer's eye too. There was no way I could get close enough to it for a macro view without soaking myself or my camera. Picasa's focal black & white didn't capture my brain's perception. So, my better half gave me a crash course in Photoshop trickeration yesterday, and this was the first result. Thoughts?

13 January 2010

bread line

Many tourists join this bread line for a somber or goofy photo with this part of the memorial. I kept the somber mood with another sculpture close-up.
(ISO 200, f/4.5, 1/30s, eV -0.33)

12 January 2010

franklin delano roosevelt

There was much discussion on how to portray FDR when his memorial was planned. Rather than hide his illness like the radio could, they had him seated in his wheelchair.
(ISO 200, f/4.0, 1/60s, eV -0.33)

11 January 2010

mother theresa

I've taken to photographing the faces of statues lately. I'm constantly amazed that sculptors can capture every emotion so perfectly. Here, Mother Theresa comforts a child as a poor man kneels pleading for help with his eyes.
(ISO 1600, f/2.0, 1/160s, eV -0.33)

10 January 2010

light stalking

Light across the floor leads me to the pews in the grand expanse of the church. It is an awe-inspiring building.
(ISO 1600, f/2.0, 1/50s, eV -0.33)

09 January 2010


I have two shots of prayer votives from inside the church. By a slim margin, this was deemed the better of the two. Ma lit a few of them, in prayers of thanks I'm sure.
(ISO 1600, f/2.0, 1/640s, eV -0.33)

08 January 2010


The front facade towers above those who enter, covered with intricate carvings.
(ISO 100, f/7.1, 1/1250s, eV -1.00)

07 January 2010


As suggested by a friend, we ventured out to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Catholic University's campus in Washington, D.C. It was a beautiful morning to be out and about with my camera.
(ISO 100, f/22.0, 1/80s, eV -1.00)

02 January 2010

lengthy exposure

Long exposure on moving water always looks good. This may make a great print someday.
(ISO 100, f/22.0, 1.0s)

01 January 2010

zoom to the new year

I've been reading about an in-camera effect with my zoom lens. Set up a long exposure, and use the zoom to change the focal length while the shutter is open. I've seen some really great photographs using it. Another great reason to shoot in digital; with film, it'd be really expensive to perfect. I must've taken 50 or so shots on this day. I think this one went from 18mm in to about 35mm.
(ISO 100, f/36.0, 1.0s)