22 February 2010

school of rock

We went out to Ned Devine's in Centerville for the Cover to Cover show for the School of Rock. Jack Black was nowhere in sight; this is a legit enterprise lacking his inane antics and crude jokes. The kids put on a superb show, playing the cover versions of songs like "Summertime Blues", "American Woman" and "I Am the Walrus". Check out my full Flickr set here.
(ISO 1600, f/2.2, 1/80s, eV -1.00)

18 February 2010

shadows in the snow

Many of the shots turned out nearly black and white, just by virtue of the stark landscape. Clearly, this was converted to black and white, but aside from the blue sky and the brown fence, you'd have a hard time telling otherwise.
(ISO 100, f/22.0, 1/15s)

17 February 2010


Getting under these icicles soaked me with drips of melting ice. The fast shutter speed still blurred most of the falling drops unfortunately.
(ISO 100, f/5.3, 1/640s)

16 February 2010

a deserted park

In the summertime, Upton Hill Park on Wilson Boulevard is filled with the screams of children at the pool, the ping of the hitters in the batting cages, and golf claps on the minigolf course. It is a decidedly quieter landscape after nearly three feet of snow fall.
(ISO 100, f/22.0, 1/30s)

15 February 2010

a snowy sunset

As the second major snowstorm wound down, those of us who emerged were treated to a beautiful sunset. It almost seemed like a mea culpa from God himself. I still see beauty in the snow, so I was doubly pleased.
(ISO 100, f/18.0, 1/8s, eV -1.00)

14 February 2010

view from a puddle of snow

That strange photographer's eye came out again just as I was meeting a friend for lunch near Eastern Market. Shadows, reflections, an alternative viewpoint. Good times.
(ISO 100, f/3.5, 1/320s)

13 February 2010

florida house

Reflected in the windows of Florida House on Capitol Hill is the back of the Supreme Court. Touted as the only state embassy in the nation's capital, I wish I'd known they give out free orange juice to Floridians, though I wonder how I'd prove it without my Florida driver's license. I may have acclimated to the winter too well to be believable as a Sunshine State native.
(ISO 100, f/8.0, 1/60s)

12 February 2010

an egyptian obelisk

Yes, that's right. The Washington Monument's design was influenced in part by the ancient Egyptians. Bet you didn't learn that from your third grade teacher! At 555 feet, it stands as the tallest structure in Washington D.C. From this perspective, it looks somewhat smaller.
(ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/1600s, eV +0.33)

11 February 2010

10 February 2010

old post office pavilion

I happened by the Old Post Office Pavilion on my wanderings last week. It's a gorgeous building that offers amazing views of the National Mall & Capitol Hill on its three hundred sixty degree perch. If you're nearby, I highly recommend taking the half-hour or so detour.
(ISO 200, f/18.0, 1/20s)

09 February 2010

a harbinger of coming days

How was I to know that this snowy Wednesday morn would be an omen for the weekend's impending storm?
(ISO 400, f/10.0, 1/60s)

08 February 2010


I took a similar shot from this vantage point in the summer. The colors are vastly different this time around, no?
(ISO 100, f/6.3, 1/500s)

07 February 2010

goldilocks and the three leaves

It wasn't until I framed this shot that the lighting jumped out at me. The mid-afternoon sun hits these just right.
(ISO 100, f/2.0, 1/320s)

06 February 2010

05 February 2010

color, i say!

So I couldn't get my perfect vision. This turned out more colorful anyhow!
(ISO 100, f/1.8, 1/4000s)

04 February 2010

like white on rice

On a paper plate in a snowstorm. This was as close as I got to the vision in my head. Thoughts?
(ISO 100, f/1.8, 1/4000s)

03 February 2010

picket fences

Taking a photowalk in the snow is exhausting. Fortunately, this fence wasn't too far from our apartment. I wanted to get just fence and snowy shadows, but I couldn't frame it without leaving footprints. Too bad.
(ISO 100, f/16.0, 1/25s)

02 February 2010

snow tires?

Probably not. I read about folks around winter climates biking to get places despite the snow and ice. I don't see that too much around here, but I am tempted to get a single-speed mountain bike for just such an occasion.
(ISO 100, f/2.0, 1/1250s)

01 February 2010

old man winter

For the second time this season, we had some snow. Real, measurable snow. Much better than last year's slate of sleet and ice and rain.
(ISO 400, f/8.0, 1/80s)

wind farm

Last week, my kiddos were learning about renewable energy sources in science. Wind was one of the options discussed. Knowing I would see a wind farm that weekend, I promised I'd take a photo or two. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get too close to them. These windmills are absolutely massive. I would guess each blade is between fifty and a hundred feet long. That they turn so silently is mind-boggling.
(ISO 100, f/9.0, 1/400s)