Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Spring Evening in Washington DC

View from the Jefferson Memorial at Sunset

I've been shooting the Cherry Blossoms in DC now for quite a few years.  I never get tired of it but it can be challenging to produce images that are not just a repeat of previous years.  Typically I go down pre-dawn and shoot as mentioned in this Popular Photography Article.  This year I decided to make my way through the mass humanity and go down in the afternoon - it was great and I was certainly successful - but I still like the early morning hours better.  Of all I shot that day this might be one of my favorite images - and it's not even of the Cherry Blossoms.  I just got a Canon 8-15mm f/4L and this is one example of what it does

Monday, December 8, 2014

Washington DC Photography : Providing a Diverse Collection

I am truly fortunate to have the opportunity to license images from my collection of Washington DC Photography for such a wide variety of print and electronic media.  I recently licensed 12 images to Harlequin Books as Book Covers for The Fatal Series by New York Times Best Selling Author Marie Force - with more to come.  One advantage in providing a wide variety of DC Images is that whether it's an Art Buyer or Architectural Design Firm seeking images for a Corporate / Hospitality Decor Project - or in this case a Book Publisher requiring a series of diverse DC Images - I am typically able to fulfill their entire project needs as opposed to them having to source imagery from multiple artists.  This saves the Art Director or Art Buyer time and effort, makes their job easier, and is a big plus for me in acquiring ( and expanding ) projects and licensing images of Washington DC

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Shopping Dining Downtown Washington DC

In a previous Post I mentioned providing stock images for various client's marketing needs regarding the economic growth and impending further development of Northern Virginia.  Lately I have also been doing the same for Downtown Washington DC - in particular the 12th & F St area all the way down to 7th & F St and the Verizon Center Area.  I have many memories of this area - especially the old 9:30 Club at 930 F St - and boy has this area changed dramatically since those days.  This area of NW Washington DC now become high end shopping and dining and my images are being used to promote the available commercial space in this area to attract further retail, corporate,  and commercial interest.  I've really just only started this gallery - but I understood from clients there was a need for this imagery and one thing I have learned in business is to find a need and fill it. Here's a link to a Gallery of Images of what I've shot so far in two afternoons - Downtown Washington DC Shopping and Dining

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Washington DC Photography - DC Cool Ad Campaign

I am truly fortunate to have the opportunity to license images from my collection of Washington DC Photography for such a wide variety of print and electronic media.  What's Cool about this image is that is was actually included in my archive of DC Photography as an afterthought - plucked from my Washington DC Cherry Blossoms Gallery by an obviously talented and extremely savvy art director for use in the DC Cool Ad Campaign - to be reproduced as full page ads in various print publications including Food + Wine, Condé Nast Traveler, Essence, Smithsonian, The New Yorker, and city magazines in major feeder markets like New York, Philadelphia and Boston, as well as 9' displays around DC.  What's especially Cool for me is this was shot fiddling around with a LensBaby I had just bought and trying to figure out how to use.  If you're not familiar - a LensBaby is an inexpensive plastic lens that offers the ability for some pretty interesting blur effects.  I was a bit concerned at first with this image going 9' but it looked fantastic.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Northern Virginia Development and Economic Growth Stock Images

Tysons Galleria

I've been shooting a lot of images lately for several projects I am working on - providing stock images for various client's marketing needs regarding the economic growth and impending further development of Northern Virginia. In particular Tysons Corner, Merrifield, Rosslyn, and the introduction of the new Metro Silver Line - all geared towards promoting the reinvention of these areas via Smart Growth into sustainable urban centers - creating a more Mixed-Use Residential / Commercial pedestrian friendly environment.  It's a bit of a challenge to shoot and provide images for use of something that doesn't quite yet exist - but it's an ongoing effort - Here's a link to a Gallery of Images of what I've shot these past few weeks - Northern Virginia Economic Growth and Development

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Washington DC A Photographic Portrait

I'm thrilled to have a New Book Project - Washington DC: A Photographic Portrait -  just released by the fine folks over at Twin Lights Publishing.  Twin Lights is a publisher of very high quality retail picture books and was a pleasure to work with through all stages of editing and production.  I am truly fortunate to have been involved in this project and overall am very pleased with the final product.  

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Georgetown Washington DC

Went to my Cousin Stevie's wedding this past Saturday / Reception held at the Key Bridge Marriott with wonderful views of DC and Georgetown.  Here's a nice view of Georgetown at Sunset taken with my Sweet Little Sony RX100 II - shot through a dirty smoky glass window - but that seemed to just enhance the mood of the image

Friday, May 23, 2014

Washington DC Blossoms

Stumbled upon this nice scene recently - Magnificent Magnolia Tree near the US Capitol.  Actually this tree is in front of The Library of Congress and I might never had seen this perspective if I hadn't taken a break to park my bike in the shade.  This tree seemed almost perfectly formed to frame the Capitol Dome and offer a nice pleasing composition 

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.