Stone Bridge, George Washington Memorial Parkway

Stone Bridge, George Washington Memorial Parkway
Stone Bridge, George Washington Memorial Parkway. Nikon D810, Tokina 17-35mm f/4 @35mm, ISO 64, f/16, 3 sec.

There are many stone bridges along the GW Parkway. The one in the photo above is located near one of my favorite sunset spots, Riverside Park. This vantage is located about halfway down an unofficial trail that leads to a rocky beach along the Potomac River.

In order to capture the full range of detail against a backlit sky, I hand-blended three varying exposures together in Photoshop. This is the same idea as shooting HDR (high-dynamic range), but with much greater finesse, control, and, ultimately, a more realistic photograph.


Potomac Sunset, Riverside Park

Potomac Sunset, Riverside Park
Potomac Sunset, Riverside Park. Nikon D200, Tokina 11-16mm 2.8, ISO 100, f/11, 1/3 sec.
I love photographing at Riverside Park, which is down on the southern part of the George Washington Parkway. There’s something exhilarating about scrambling down to the rocks and setting up while trying not to fall in the Potomac River. What follows is the serenity of listening to the waves while waiting for the light to change.

Long exposures are typically my favorites down there, showing motion in the water and, in this case, the subtle motion of leaves and flowers.

Autumn Pastels, Jones Point Park

Autumn Pastels, Jones Point Park
Autumn Pastels, Jones Point Park. Nikon D200, 135mm 2.8 AI, ISO 400, f/2.8, 1/250 sec.

These delicate flowers were hanging out just underneath the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. I’d imagine that they could be pretty easy to pass by, but I happened to notice them. I love the soft quality of the colors and textures in this photo.

Does anyone know what these flowers are called? A bit of web searching on my part proved futile!

Bridge & Sky, Jones Point Park

Bridge & Sky, Jones Point Park. Nikon D200, 50mm 1.8 AF, ISO 100, f/11, 1/100 sec.
Bridge & Sky, Jones Point Park. Nikon D200, 50mm 1.8 AF, ISO 100, f/11, 1/100 sec.

Sometimes you just have to look up…

This photo was taken underneath the Woodrow Wilson Bridge on a beautiful fall day. I’ve seen this image in my head a few times while walking there, but the conditions were never quite right.

If you stare long enough, the clouds begin to move.