Lights from the dock, restaurants, and boats shimmer in the waters of the Potomac River. An exposure time of six seconds allows them to blur and become colorful patterns against the deep blue of the twilight sky reflected in the water.
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.
In street photography, I’m always looking for visual cues that lend interest to a scene. Beautiful light, colorful or graphic elements, intriguing characters, and decisive moments can all create that interest. I got a handful of them on this particular day. I especially love the tension created between the two figures’ footsteps moving in opposite directions.
I debated for a long time about whether or not to process this photo as a black and white or to keep it color. In the end I decided that the beautiful paint job on this car deserved a color photo.
I’m not around Old Town as much anymore since I moved to Del Ray, but when I do go I end up seeing different things. I feel like when you pass the same things everyday, you tend to become blind to them. That’s definitely a major factor, but in this case it was as simple as having to park on a street that I didn’t used to walk quite as much.
I love the patina of the brick juxtaposed with the bright colors in the planters. Texture, color, line, form. A few of my favorite things.
Having recently moved from Old Town to the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, I’ve had a change in scenery. Walks with my kids down brick sidewalks used to pass colonial and federal town homes. Now we walk the tree-lined streets of Del Ray, where bungalows and Craftsman revivals are more the norm. There are modern buildings as well, in the case of this building which is located just across the street from Swing’s Coffee.
I’ve been keeping an eye on architecture lately, and the numerous styles around town make for varied practice as I get more into this genre of photography. Time of day is an interesting thing when it comes to architectural photography. As always, early morning and late afternoon light is great, but I’ve noticed that you can get interesting shadows and light on buildings when the sun is higher in the sky. For instance, the shot above was made after the sun had been up for about 2 hours. Even later, midday sun presents its normal challenges but depending on the style of building, good architectural shots can still be made.
I look forward to taking my kids on their afternoon walk. I pack up a snack for them and often grab a snack for myself while we’re out. Carluccio’s is a fun little place to stop for a quick espresso and something sweet.
A bench provided the perfect backdrop for this photo, and I bounced a flash off the back of it to create some dimensionality on an otherwise overcast day. I was using one of my favorite lenses, a 60mm macro, to get close to this delightful duo.
As you know by now, I’m always on the lookout for patterns, colors, and textures. Lee Street is lined with homes that have interesting architectural features. The sun was hitting the house behind me, allowing it to be reflected back clearly.
To me, this scene easily could have been photographed in Italy. A warm, sunlit side street with a parked Vespa. Perfect, except for the dumpster!
It’s pretty fun to sit and watch the Alexandria Fire Department show off, although I’m sure they have a good reason for these exercises! The sun was hitting the scene just right, forming a rainbow in the mist from the stream of water.