Oyster Shucking, King Street

Oyster Shucking, King Street. Nikon D200, Nikon 50mm f/2 K, ISO 400, f/2, 1/60 sec.

I had the opportunity to do some wandering around Old Town today, so I walked the kids down the lower (eastern) half of King Street. I have always loved the window display of seafood on ice at Fish Market, but have yet to take a photo there that I really like.

I got lucky today, and was able to capture a few frames of oyster shucking. I must have looked like a total tourist, but hey, it’s good to blend in that way sometimes!


Catherine & Margaret Portner, Portner Brewhouse (Before)

Margaret and Catherine Portner
Margaret and Catherine Portner pose in the unfinished space that is to become Portner Brewhouse. Nikon D200, 105mm 2.5 AI, ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/250 sec.

One of my goals when starting this blog a little over a year ago was to eventually highlight local business owners and their businesses. It’s been a busy year, but I’m finally getting around to making this happen.

I reached out to Catherine and Margaret Portner after discovering their business through social media. The sisters are the great-great-granddaughters of Robert Portner, who owned the largest pre-Prohibition brewery in America. His brewery was located in what is now known as Old Town Alexandria, and the sisters have decided to launch Portner Brewhouse in Alexandria, 100 years after the original brewery closed its doors.

Portner Brewhouse Exterior
The empty corner unit which will become Portner Brewhouse. Nikon D200, 18-70mm 3.5-4.5 AF-S DX, ISO 100, f/8, 1/400 sec.

Portner Brewhouse will include an onsite brewery as well as a full-service restaurant specializing in German fare. Catherine is the beer guru and Margaret is the mastermind behind the food. The sisters have a lot of awesome ideas for the business including a craft beer test kitchen and mug club membership; in addition, they will be resurrecting some of Robert Portner’s recipes and plan to decorate the brewhouse with original Portner artifacts.

Portner drinkware
New and old Portner beer steins, along with some other artifacts from the family’s past. Nikon D200, 105mm 2.5 AI, ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/60 sec.

The idea I pitched to them was to do a shoot in the space that would become Portner Brewhouse, and then another shoot once construction is completed. A “Before & After,” if you will. The brewery and restaurant is set to open for business by the end of summer, so you all can expect the “After” post to appear this fall. That is, if I can avoid spending too much time hanging out at Portner Brewhouse!

For more information, visit their website.


Sushi Window, King Street

Sushi Window, King Street
Sushi Window, King Street. Nikon D200, 35mm 1.8 AF-S DX, ISO 400, f/4, 1/60 sec.

Mmm, sushi. There’s an interesting collection of knickknacks in the windows of this sushi restaurant in the main tourist section of King Street. This is just one of the windows there. Go check them out and, while you’re there, order me a veggie gyoza and a rainbow roll. Or two.

Tableware, Old Town Waterfront

Tableware, Old Town Waterfront
Tableware, Old Town Waterfront. Nikon D200, 35mm 1.8 AF-S DX, ISO 200, f/2, 1/100 sec.

The Waterfront Market in Old Town is in the midst of a remodel and (I think) expansion. Luckily, someone there seems to be setting up perfect little still-lifes for those of us who are looking. There is a nice array of plates, bowls, and utensils right next to the window. I spent quite a while there trying different angles and compositions.

Ship & Bottle, South Union Street

Ship & Bottle, South Union Street
Ship & Bottle, South Union Street. Nikon D200, 35mm 1.8 AF-S DX, ISO 100, f/2, 1/80 sec.

There’s nothing like enjoying a nice meal while the snow falls outside. We had a windowside table at Union Street Public House today. Great decor and vibe.

Tables and Lights, King Street

Tables and Lights, King Street
Tables and Lights, King Street. Nikon D200, 180 2.8 AIS ED, ISO 800, f/2.8, 1/125 sec.

One restaurant on King Street still had its Christmas tree up, so I took advantage of the opportunity. Decorative lights look great out of focus (especially with a lens of this caliber). No one was dining outdoors on this particular evening though—a bit chilly I think!

Al Fresco Tables, South Washington Street

Al Fresco Tables, South Washington Street. Nikon D200, 105mm f/2.5 AI, ISO 200, f/4, 1/160 sec
Al Fresco Tables, South Washington Street.
Nikon D200, 105mm f/2.5 AI, ISO 200, f/4, 1/160 sec
One of my favorite places to sit with the kids during afternoon snack is Society Fair. It’s shaded during the afternoon, seems to have a nice breeze no matter the weather, and they make amazing fruit bars (they’re not as healthy as they sound). The coffee is pretty good too, which comes in handy while trying to fend off the afternoon snoozes.

The outdoor seating is divided into two sections: self-service and full-service. I always sit in the self-service area, but this shot is of the full-service section all ready to go.

Sushi & Reflections, Old Town Waterfront

Sushi & Reflections, Old Town Waterfront. Nikon D200, 105mm f/2.5 AI, ISO 400, f/2.5, 1/200 sec
Sushi & Reflections, Old Town Waterfront.
Nikon D200, 105mm f/2.5 AI, ISO 400, f/2.5, 1/200 sec

The Waterfront Cafe is a fairly new addition to the Old Town Waterfront, and not a bad place to grab a quick bite. They even serve Swing’s Coffee, which is never a bad thing in my book! I snapped this photo while standing outside of the shop, looking through the glass walls.