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Month: July 2013

Little Church

Little Church

This church is maybe 5 minutes from my house and I drove past it a lot and never really thought about it.  Then I realized it would be a very cool place to shoot at night so I did.  Was a bit of a challenge with the tripod almost to the ground and the Canon 5DMK2 doesn’t have a flip out LCD so it was a lot of time laying on the ground looking a the LCD and focusing off…

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Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

If I had to pick a shot from the night of shooting on the Mall in Washington DC this would be it.  Lincoln is lit up brighter and I focused on the statue and fired away to get the shot.  Editing this was a bit of a nightmare because of the sky which showed every ounce of noise in the picture but after some serious time in Photoshop I got it clean without destroying the rest of the detail in…

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Dulles Airport

Dulles Airport

My home airport and considering its all of 5 minutes from my house easy to get to.  This is the main terminal and you can see one of the towers in the background.  I have seen a shot like this in my head every time I have driven to the airport on official airport business (meaning the main road is backed up so I take the airport road), or when I fly in or out of it.  What I didn’t…

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Tangled Up In Blue

Tangled Up In Blue

Little nod to Bob Dylan and points if you got the reference.  One of the few Dylan tracks I can stand.  More macro madness from my excursion to Oatlands.  I may have been testing a new lens I brought along the macro because there was gardens and gardens mean flowers, least in my world.  So what type of flower is this?  Its a blue petal thingy with some white bits using my vast botanical knowledge.  I don’t want to show…

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Oatlands Mansion

Oatlands Mansion

Just a quick shot of the Outlands Historical House that I took.  This was just me playing around with the Panasonic 14-42 that I had acquired earlier that week to test out and I am happy with the performance.  It got a little soft for this picture but I managed to bring it out in post but might have been a bit too heavy handed and I wasn’t in the mood to super correct everything with brushes so going with…

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Enjoying the View

Enjoying the View

I find it amazing I went from a guy that could not shoot a landscape photo to save my life to getting rather good at them.  It helped I did some reading on the subject and got that shooting wide open wasn’t really an option.  It also helps to remember that when you shoot a landscape, you really are shooting something near to you not the distance to give it a sense of perspective.  I saw this bench and the…

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Korean War Memorial

Korean War Memorial

I am doing this one by request so no flashy title.  My Dad was in the Korean War, not that he was ever on a patrol or in a platoon like these guys but the memorial still stands in honor for people like him who did serve.  He never comments on my photos but has become a wiz at the Kindle Fire HD I got him so hopefully he can surf to it and enjoy the photo or THE MOM…

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Remember

Remember

I really can’t think of a catchy title for this one. It was literally the last shot of the night and I was exhausted, sweaty, and to be perfectly honest, smelling myself and Super Dave who was experiencing night shoots for the first time.  We were both ragged after close to 4 hours of photography and I totally forgot I had a ball head and I could easily do a vertical shot so I locked the camera into vertical and…

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