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.


George Washington Middle School, Mount Vernon Avenue

George Washington Middle School, Mount Vernon Avenue. Nikon D200, 35mm f/1.8 AF-S DX, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/125 sec.

Architecture has always been a passion of mine. I am fascinated by the way lines intersect and branch off to form other shapes and patterns. The feeling that these two parts of the building converge somewhere that we can’t see is very interesting to me. Walk a little bit further to the left and it’s a completely different feeling.

I also love the way the trees filter the late afternoon sunlight, casting undulating patterns on the buildings. Once again we see the marriage of architecture and nature, if not necessarily intentional.

Saint Mary’s Steeple, South Fairfax Street

Saint Mary’s Steeple, South Fairfax Street. Nikon D200, 200mm f/4 AI, ISO 100, f/4, 1/250 sec.

Here’s a slightly different look at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Old Town. The main facade of the church is on Royal Street, but this was taken from over a block away, on Fairfax. From that vantage, there is a perfect, clear view of the bell tower and it looks especially dramatic when silhouetted against a gorgeous evening sky.

West Marine, South Patrick Street

West Marine, South Patrick Street. Nikon D200, 35mm f/1.8 AF-S DX, ISO 250, f/4, 1/20 sec.

I love photographing architecture and this building, while not a particularly interesting specimen, took on a beautiful glow at dusk. Twilight exterior photographs can really make almost any building look glamorous.

I happened to have my camera sitting on the front seat of my car (it goes with me almost everywhere) and I snapped this photo while sitting in line at a red light.

MGM National Harbor, from Alexandria Waterfront

MGM National Harbor, from Alexandria Waterfront. Nikon D200, Nikkor 200mm f/4 AI, ISO 100, f/8, 1/2 sec.

As some of you know, I’ve been studying and shooting architectural photos a lot this past 8 months or so. It’s been a while since I’ve been down to the Old Town waterfront, so when I was there last night walking around, I was surprised to see that the MGM is looking to be nearing completion (at least from the exterior).

I happened to have my 200mm f/4 in my pocket (try doing that with any other 200mm lens), so I put it on my camera and propped the whole thing on a pier piling using my wallet under the lens to get the angle just right. Blue hour makes for gorgeous architectural photos, assuming you wait until the ambient light mixes with the man-made light. It’s quickly becoming one of my favorite times to photograph!

City Hall Steeple, King Street

City Hall Steeple, King Street
City Hall Steeple, King Street. Nikon D200, 180 2.8 AIS ED, ISO 200, f/4, 1/250 sec.

You can’t really do better for light than the warm glow from the setting sun. We may not be seeing much sun for the next couple of days here in the DC area, what with the impending blizzard. Stay warm folks!

Robinson Terminal South, Wolfe Street

Robinson Terminal South, Wolfe Street
Robinson Terminal South, Wolfe Street. Nikon D200, 35mm 1.8 AF-S DX, ISO 100, f/8, 1/80 sec.

With the amount of great architecture around town, I’m always on the lookout for manifestations of form, color, and texture. Although it’s not a fine piece of architecture by most standards, I liked the layers of color and form present in this warehouse. I’m not sure how much longer this building is going to be here, with the impending redevelopment of the Alexandria waterfront.

Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, South Pitt Street

Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, South Pitt Street
Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, South Pitt Street. Nikon D200, 135mm 2.8 AI, ISO 125, f/8, 1/200 sec.

The afternoon light was beautifully skimming this section of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. I love the texture and color of the building, and the way in which the light emphasizes those characteristics.