28 October 2011


I'm not real quick on the draw for posting new photos. I'd love to get back to my normal grind and routine, but life keeps getting in the way. From National Harbor, just across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Hope your days are less hectic and afford you the chances to enjoy the sunsets that I somehow miss daily.

(ISO 200, f/11.0, 1/320s)

15 October 2011

cumberland pit stop

I told the story of why I stopped in Cumberland, Maryland a while back. I was hopeful for a clean photograph of the library linked above. I've often seen this town from above on Interstate 68. I'm glad I took the detour to photograph a building or two.

14 October 2011


Composing a shot of an alley on an overcast day to get proper exposure wasn't as easy as I expected it to be. Nothing I'll frame, but it turned out pretty nice with the contrast between the two walls.

13 October 2011

mr. smith's

I had no shot at getting this shot without pedestrians. Well, I guess I could've used a neutral density filter at sunset, but I wasn't about to go there with a roll of film. I'll try that when I'm a bit more confident in my film technique.

12 October 2011

dixie liquors

Dixie Liquors on M Street Northwest in Georgetown has been open since 1934. I have closer stores to my home across the river, but I always thought this building would be photogenic. It took me a while to get this shot sans pedestrians or cars.

(ISO 100, f/?, 1/?s)

11 October 2011

drum major

There's a bit of controversy regarding one of the quotes inscribed on the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the Tidal Basin. It was abridged, and made Dr. King sound a bit arrogant to some. The full context of the quote in question is, "Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter." 

This photo was the final shot on my roll of black and white. I'll be posting more of them this week. Enjoy!

02 October 2011

what i learned

It took months longer than I wanted it to, but I finally finished the roll of Ilford Delta 100 black & white film I purchased in May. It started at the National Arboretum and ended at the Martin Luther King Memorial. It was an interesting few months, with several lulls of activity for sure. I learned that my light meter is a bit off. Dead on exposure seems to be a bit underexposed. My chops with film need honing, and I now plan to have film in at least one of my 35mm from here on out. My penultimate goal: shoot an entire roll of frame-quality photos.

It's going to be a long road.