Friday, March 21, 2014

Washington DC Architecture

I Love seeing clean lines and symmetry in architecture. This view, taken from within the circular colonnade of Ionic Order columns at the Jefferson Memorial,  lends itself perfectly in framing the Washington Monument.  For me, the columns from this perspective along with the shadows adds a nice sense of “movement” across the image.  Feel free to take a look at more of my Washington DC Photography     

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Still Winter in Washington DC

The Smithsonian Institution Building (aka "The Castle"), a National Historic Landmark and one of my favorite buildings in Washington DC, was designed by the prominent New York architect, James Renwick, Jr., who would later design the Renwick Gallery (originally the Corcoran Gallery of Art) in Washington, and erected on the Mall between 1847 and 1855. Initially intended to be built in white marble, then in yellow sandstone, the architect and building committee finally settled on Seneca red sandstone from the Seneca Quarry in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Washington DC Architecture

The Old Post Office Building  Washington DC

Completed in 1899 to house the U.S. Post Office Department Headquarters and Washington DC city's post office, the Old Post Office Building is the second-tallest structure in the nation's capital, after the Washington Monument. The Old Post Office Building occupies an entire city block, centered on the north side of the Federal Triangle along Pennsylvania Avenue.  The Old Post Office Building exhibits a matured version of the Romanesque Revival style, which was popularized by renowned architect H.H. Richardson in the late nineteenth century.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

HDR Photography Washington DC

Still working on producing a little HDR Photography - seeing how I might make it work for me in creating interesting images of Washington DC - but not to cartoonish.  I realize this one might be a bit over the top but here's my recent attempt during the rise of the September Harvest Moon - taken from the plaza of the WWII Memorial in Washington DC.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Washington DC Photography

We've been fortunate to enjoy a lovely string of beautiful early Fall weather here in Washington DC -  Wonderfully pleasant afternoons with exquisite light.  I've been taking the opportunity to get out - Walk the Earth - and add new Washington DC Images to my Collection of Washington DC Photography for my upcoming book project as well as my online archive of Washington DC Photographs.  Here's an image from one such beauteous afternoon - a view from President's Park South (commonly referred to as the Ellipse) of the First Division Monument with the Old Executive Office Building.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Washington Monument with Scaffolding

I love the look of the Washington Monument during it's current repair process.  Although such images may be somewhat historic I think most likely they will have limited appeal in licensing Washington DC Images.  Over the years - As I Walk the Earth -  I've shot the Washington Monument from many locations around DC - here's a perspective I stumbled upon that I found new and interesting.  Taken from the plaza in front of the Red Cross Building at 17th & D St, NW.

Monday, September 23, 2013

US Capitol Rotunda / Washington DC Photography

Been busy shooting and adding a lot of new Washington DC Images to my Collection of Washington DC Photography this past month for an upcoming book project.  My favorite building in Washington DC has always been the US Capitol.  I never tire of seeing it up close - at different times of day and light - for me it's architecture is simply beautiful.  The interior isn't as accessible as it used to be but if you have the chance take a visit to the Rotunda.  Truly awe inspiring architectural design and well worth the effort.

Here's a gallery of images shot the past month:  New Washington DC Photographs

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

National Gallery of Art Rotunda

The interior domed rotunda of the National Gallery of Art - West Building was designed in 1937 by architect John Russell Pope. Composed of pink Tennessee marble this neoclassical interior space was modeled after the Pantheon in Rome and at the time was considered the largest marble structure in the world.  Mr Pope later went on to design the Jefferson Memorial also in Washington DC.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Spring in Focus Opening Reception


The Spring in Focus Show Opening Reception at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery Thursday Night was a great success.  I am told by FotoDC that 1000+ people made their way through the space during the course of the evening.  Thank you to all who attended and especially Sonya Gavankar for her interest in my work and including this nice little piece in K Street Magazine.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Spring in Focus / Edison Place Gallery

I'm thrilled to be participating in the Spring in Focus Exhibition at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery opening this Thursday in Washington DC.  Thank you to FotoDC , Pepco , and Destination DC , for sponsoring and promoting the event. The show will include many pieces of mine along with the work of 2 other Washington DC photographers, Ron Blunt and Bob Epstein.  We hung the Show yesterday and between the three us it is just a beautiful collection of Cherry Blossom and Washington DC in the Spring images.  The Show runs April 4 -26 if interested in stopping by.

Friday, February 22, 2013

National Building Museum / HDR

It's taken me a while but have finally discovered HDR Photography - or at least how I might apply it to my work.  I've basically avoided using HDR until now mainly because most examples I have seen appear a bit overdone and perhaps a little to cartoonish for my taste.  I guess I shyed away from using it thinking that some of this HDR look might be faddish and appear dated in a few years.  But - I've seen other work by a few photographers that have used it tastefully - so I've given it a try with the idea of applying HDR and hopefully maintaining a somewhat "real" look.  Here's a sample of my first attempt using HDR - one of my favorite interior spaces in Washington DC - The National Building Museum.  You can see more images from this shoot towards the end of my Washington DC Architecture Gallery included in my Collection of Washington DC Photography.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Map of My Brain

iPhone w/ Hipstamatic

Driving through some incredibly remote/utterly featureless area of Nebraska (I summed up this trip with the thought that I have been just about Everywhere, but I had never been Nowhere) out of the blue I randomly stumbled upon a fairly decent Flea Market.  I think it was fate because the very first thing I laid eyes upon was this old metal game, which happened to be the most accurate map of my brain I have ever come across.  I bought it on the spot.  It's been hanging in my house for years now and I look at it almost every day.  It reminds me that the Swirling Vortex I operate in is a good thing (in fact a blessing) providing I am able to effectively employ the Swirl and maintain a Positive Spin.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Winter returns to Washington DC

“Look round and round upon this bare bleak plain, and see even here, upon a winter's day, how beautiful the shadows are! Alas! it is the nature of their kind to be so. The loveliest things in life, Tom, are but shadows; and they come and go, and change and fade away, as rapidly as these!”  - Charles Dickens

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Spring Time Washington DC - For a Day In January

It's January 29th - 72 Degrees and Sunny here in Washington DC
Incredible! - Such a wonderful break from our typical Washington Winter Weather - I'll take it -  had a Most Enjoyable Day in the Sunshine and am still feeling energized - but - the Dreaded February is upon us - the Longest Month of the Year for me. Hopefully we'll see a Massive Snow  ( or two ) this coming Month to shut things down and take us off the grid for a few days - then look forward to Spring when I always feel renewed and full of Hope and Promise.  Enjoy! and stay busy with whatever Satisfies your Soul.