Window in Alcove, South Pitt Street

Window in Alcove, South Pitt Street
Window in Alcove, South Pitt Street. Nikon D200, 35mm 1.8 AF-S DX, ISO 400, f/4, 1/60 sec.

Photographers refer to the hour after the sun goes down as blue hour. It’s a magical time to be out shooting, as you can really play with the juxtaposition of cool and warm light.

I spent some time photographing this particular scene with different compositions, fascinated with the way the warmth from the man-made light receded into the cool blue of twilight. In the end, I decided I liked this composition where I omitted the actual source of the warm light, making it appear as if the window is being bathed in light from an otherworldly source.


Contrasts, South Fairfax Street

Contrasts, South Fairfax Street
Contrasts, South Fairfax Street. Nikon D200, 105mm 2.5 AI, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/200 sec.

The southeast quadrant of Old Town Alexandria is characterized by its colorful townhouses. Some of them would look almost identical but for their vastly different color palettes. Take a walk down South Fairfax Street. The block between Gibbon & Wilkes is one of my favorites for seeking out color.

Sushi Window, King Street

Sushi Window, King Street
Sushi Window, King Street. Nikon D200, 35mm 1.8 AF-S DX, ISO 400, f/4, 1/60 sec.

Mmm, sushi. There’s an interesting collection of knickknacks in the windows of this sushi restaurant in the main tourist section of King Street. This is just one of the windows there. Go check them out and, while you’re there, order me a veggie gyoza and a rainbow roll. Or two.

Tableware, Old Town Waterfront

Tableware, Old Town Waterfront
Tableware, Old Town Waterfront. Nikon D200, 35mm 1.8 AF-S DX, ISO 200, f/2, 1/100 sec.

The Waterfront Market in Old Town is in the midst of a remodel and (I think) expansion. Luckily, someone there seems to be setting up perfect little still-lifes for those of us who are looking. There is a nice array of plates, bowls, and utensils right next to the window. I spent quite a while there trying different angles and compositions.

Yellow, Braddock Road Metro Station

Yellow, Braddock Road Metro Station
Yellow, Braddock Road Metro Station. Nikon D200, 180mm 2.8 AIS ED, ISO 500, f/4, 1/250 sec.

While waiting for the metro this morning, I was trying to photograph a freight train that was passing near the station. I got some so-so shots and had turned around to wait for my train when I saw this guy with a yellow umbrella. I liked that it matched the paint on the ground, so figured I’d frame up a shot. I always feel a little awkward doing things like this, but I really wanted to capture the moment. I waited for the guy to look the other direction and then snapped this quick shot.