Wrapping up my little tour of Bethesda around my office building. I wanted to get away from the glitz and glamour that is the main business and shopping areas and move to the older historic Bethesda. No less nice, but not all modernized yet. These images were shot on my Fuji X100s and my Sigma DP1. The images shot on the Fuji have some perspective issues that were mostly fixed in post but there are still some “anomalies” because the idiot photographer forgot to reset the camera from extension mode to normal camera had a technical issue. Hope you enjoy the view. I would say it may inspire you to come and visit but to be honest go to any office district and you can get the same effect. Enjoy.
You can see my building in the reflection.
I always like a good waxing while getting my nails done and maybe 500 meters from my building I have my go to spot. Please don’t ever believe that.
There are small parks tucked away between buildings if you look. Not unusual to see officer workers hiding out enjoying the weather on nice days.
Gang Sign! Really it is.
The weird perspective skew was going on here. This is a piece of artwork made of of bathroom and kitchen fixtures for a local reseller. I wish I captured it better and it might be reshot when I have some time and the camera working correctly.
I have a thing for cranes. It’s been discussed.
Is any neighborhood in the world complete without a Starbucks. I have been in a lot of countries and I have yet not to see a Starbuck or a McDonalds.
Like Starbucks and McDonalds there is always the Chinese carry-out/delivery place in every neighborhood too.
Ancient relic of the past. I apparently work in a gang controlled area!
Just for confirmation, the Bethesda Theater which is a jazz supper club. Heard it was really nice inside. I hate jazz so I will not be going in unless they hire me to do a shoot then I love jazz! It was also shot on the Sigma DP1.
Not sure if this fits but it was shot in Bethesda so it counts. I really liked how the shadow and the brick color bet. The Sigma DP1 excels at this type of work. It’s a funky camera because of the sensor but its fun to shoot with at times.
Went to the Baltimore Tattoo Convention on Saturday and shoot a whole load of images. I’ll break it up so people don’t get overwhelemed with people getting inked. For inquiring minds, no I didn’t get any work done. I am too cheap to pay US prices on tattoos. I get them done by my guy in Thailand.
For those of you un initiated in the tattoo arts that back piece is likely months worth of work. Looks like the guy was going to add color.
I have never seen so many face tattoos in one place but I guess I was at a tattoo convention.
This is a typical I’m getting a tattoo look. You are bored a good chunk of the time.
Outlining. The blue stuff is the template they lay down to work off of. It’s essentially mimeograph paper.
No apologies for the title. I’m emotionally 13 and I still find it funny. These shots were done on two different cameras and two different lenses on two different days. You could guess if you looked at the EXIF data if you were that desperate to know. Not that there is much difference between the cameras. The lenses are drastically different, one being the Jupiter 11A and the other the Olympus 45mm. So one shot at effectively 270mm and the other 90mm. I was more curious about the tones and the texture of the wood showing up which is what these images are about. Plus, as I have alluded to I can only handle so many flowers before I get bored with it.
I was having a zen like moment with the simplicity of the image. I could not figure out which version I liked better here so I’ll toss all three out. Two were shot at the same time just at a different angle which changed the light and the third was shot later in the day with more shadows. I didn’t stage this shot. The branch from the tree, the shadows falling on it and the pebble were just there as I walked to get into my car. Always having a camera on me allowed me to capture it. After the editing marathon of the last series this was a pleasant break to just do a quick edit and go with it. Colors are a bit more muted than my normal but again, its the basic harmony of the items before me.
I named the camera Precious much like Gollum named the One Ring from the Lord of the Rings/Hobbit. This was the culmination of selling off all my Canon equipment and switching to mirrorless cameras for all my work. No regrets. I also got the most excellent 12-40 2.8 lens which is what was used for all these images. The photographer in question might have thought that the camera was set for RAW but that wasn’t the case so these were all jpeg. Still happy with the images. The images are all over the place crop wise. I had some fun editing these.
The day I took these pictures I had an errand to run so I ventured forth not knowing the temperature dropped dramatically from when I came in to when I ventured back out. For the international readers its was about-8C or between 17 and 18F. It was cold and on the way back from the errand I was holding the camera one handed. So it was an adventure so any image quality issues are a direct result of me.
While everyone seems to love the flowers I needed a break. These images were shot at the same time with the sun being bright in the sky. To be perfectly honest I am just goofing around here which is why the image sizes are all over the map and there isn’t even a consistent editing style. I did debate removing the pigeons from Grant’s head I kinda like the irreverence of the whole thing.
I have lots and lots of unprocessed images. It gives me a back catalog to work with even when I’m shooting actively just to change it up a bit and not to wear people out with endless scenes of whatever I have shot recently. This is from Gordon Ramsay’s Pub & Grill in Las Vegas at Caesar’s Palace. I liked how they lined the entrance with kegs so one morning before I had to start work I wandered down and took some pictures. I like beer. Kegs are apart of beer. Seems like a perfect thing to photograph to me.