Christ Church Detail, N Columbus Street

Christ Church, N Columbus Street
Christ Church Detail, N Columbus Street. Nikon D200, Nikon 60mm f/2.8 AF Micro, ISO 100, f/8, 1/250 sec.

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.


House & Trees, E Howell Avenue

House & Trees, E Howell Avenue
House & Trees, E Howell Avenue. Nikon D200, Nikon 35mm f/1.8 AF-S DX, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/80 sec.

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.

Man Feeding Birds, Old Town Waterfront

Man Feeding Birds, Old Town Waterfront
Man Feeding Birds, Old Town Waterfront. Nikon D810, 50mm f/2 K, ISO 64, f/5.6, 1/400 sec.

Initially, I was interested in capturing the movement of the man throwing bread crumbs to the gulls, who would in turn catch the crumbs in midair. Later, as I was reviewing photos from the day, I became fascinated by the interplay between the lines that could be drawn between the gulls in the air and the shadows cast on the pavement by the trees just out of the frame.

One of my favorite black and white toning tricks is to pull down the blues so that the sky and water take on a more dramatic look and bump up the overall contrast of the photograph. This really brings out the texture of the clouds in the sky, as opposed to the sky looking like a boring mass of gray paste.

Fire Hoses, King Street

Fire Hoses, King Street. Nikon D200, 105mm f/2.5 AI, ISO 100, f/4, 1/320 sec
Fire Hoses, King Street. Nikon D200, 105mm f/2.5 AI, ISO 100, f/4, 1/320 sec

I love fire trucks. If that makes me a kid, I guess I’m still a kid. One of these days I would love to do a Joe McNally-style photoshoot with the Alexandria Fire Department (hear that guys?).

This truck was parked at the end of King Street by the river, and I loved the symmetry of the hoses. It was because of that symmetry that I ended up choosing to process this as a black and white photo. The color of the hoses was nice, but the neon colors in the reflective tape below were distracting.

Picket Fence with Afternoon Shadows, Franklin Street

Picket Fence with Afternoon Shadows. Nikon D200, 18-70 AF-S DX @40mm, ISO 100, f/8, 1/200 sec
Picket Fence with Afternoon Shadows, Franklin Street.
Nikon D200, 18-70 AF-S DX @40mm, ISO 100, f/8, 1/200 sec

Yesterday afternoon, the light was creating some great shadows on this simple white picket fence. To highlight the play of shadow and texture, I chose to convert the image to black and white.