Braddock Station Roof, Braddock Road

Braddock Station Roof, Braddock Road. Nikon D200, 35mm f/1.8 AF-S DX, ISO 100, f/8, 1/160 sec.

I see a lot of this roof. One day this past winter, I decided to make a picture of it. It was daytime but I processed it to give it more of an evening feel.


Looking Up, Alexandria Waterfront

Looking Up, Alexandria Waterfront
Looking Up, Alexandria Waterfront. Nikon D200, 35mm f/1.8 AF-S DX, ISO 100, f/9, 1/250 sec.
Ever play Mystthat computer game from the 90’s? Yep, the creepy one where you always felt like someone would be behind you even though no one was there. Anyway, this photo reminds me of that game.

This was shot in one of the gazebos that is located at the end of one of the docks out on the Potomac River. Always look around you. Up, down, left, right. And, if you’re playing Myst, behind.

Repeating, South Washington Street

Repeating, South Washington Street
Repeating, South Washington Street. Nikon D200, 60mm 2.8 AF Micro, ISO 100, f/8, 1/200 sec.
When I started thinking about the premise of this blog, I told myself that I was going to be looking for images that conveyed great color, light, or texture. All three would be nice, and in this case I got it. This was shot mid-morning outside of a retail establishment on Washington Street. The sun was at the perfect angle to create this interesting array of shadows. I love the way they seem to interlock with the actual pattern.

It’s easy to pass these things every day and not notice. Keep an eye out no matter where you are—there are always great pictures to be made, even if only in your mind.

Bricks with Shadows, South Pitt Street

Bricks with Shadows, South Pitt Street
Bricks with Shadows, South Pitt Street. Nikon D200, 135mm 2.8 AI, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/250 sec.

When walking about town with a telephoto lens, it forces me to look for patterns and textures that I wouldn’t normally notice. This is the beauty of carrying a fixed focal length lens.

Here is a section of brick between two windows. I cropped out the windows, directing focus to the patterns and shadows. I also like the monochromatic feel of the image even though it is a color photograph.

Abstract Leaf, Jones Point Park

Abstract Leaf, Jones Point Park
Abstract Leaf, Jones Point Park. Nikon D200, 60mm 2.8 AF Micro, ISO 400, f/8, 1/200 sec.

Followers of this blog will know that I am a huge fan of looking for texture and patterns. I recently picked up a used macro lens (my first!) and have begun experimenting with it. The backlighting on this leaf provided the perfect opportunity to try it out. Keep an eye out for more macro photos appearing in the future!

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.