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