Here in Alexandria, we’ve had a number of pretty snowfalls so far this winter. Driving back from Old Town one morning, I was struck by the beauty of this red door in the falling snow. It was one of those things I noticed in passing and began to think, wow, that might make a nice photo. Luckily I had my camera in the back so I drove around the block, pulled over, and took the shot.
I used a high ISO to obtain a faster shutter speed, thus better freezing the motion of the falling snowflakes. By the way, this was shot with a vintage Nikon lens that I acquired on eBay for $40. This is by far one of my favorite things about shooting Nikon digital cameras: the ability to use vintage lenses dating back to the late 1970s and even prior, if you know how to alter them.
Afternoon light turned this fire truck detail into an illustration. The colors and textures seem to pop right out.
Completed in 1773, Christ Church is a fantastic example of Georgian architecture in Old Town Alexandria. I loved the way the afternoon sunlight was streaming through these exterior windows, imprinting its own pattern onto the doorway.
There was a fire at this house a while back, and it’s since been restored. Here it is before the restoration, looking spooky in afternoon winter light.
I love this elevator. It has that perfect creepy institutional aura.
El Galeon is a replica of the Spanish sailing ships used during the colonial era. Here, a crew member works on the bowsprit, high above the Potomac River.
Just one of those funny sights you might easily pass by everyday without noticing. The attendant wasn’t too keen on being in the shot, as you can tell.
This was another instance where I found a scene that I really liked, but it needed a human element to add interest. I camped out in this spot for a while and got several different shots of people walking by, but this guy running down the street was by far the most interesting. Not being dressed in running gear, you have to wonder why he is running. Furthermore, I was able to catch him at a moment where it almost looks like he is floating on air.