Yellow Adirondack Chairs, South Fairfax Street

Yellow Adirondack Chairs, South Fairfax Street
Yellow Adirondack Chairs, South Fairfax Street. Nikon D200, 105mm f/2.5 AI, ISO 100, f/4, 1/800 sec.

Looks like a nice place to relax, but for the 97º weather. Maybe another day!


Reingold Building, E Monroe Avenue

Reingold Building, E Monroe Avenue
Reingold Building, E Monroe Avenue. Nikon D200, 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 AF-S DX @ 31mm, ISO 100, f/8, 160 sec.

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.

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.

Ice House Door & Latch, South Lee Street

Ice House Door & Latch, South Lee Street
Ice House Door & Latch, South Lee Street. Nikon D200, 60mm 2.8 Micro AF, ISO 400, f/6.3, 1/125 sec.

There’s an old ice house that has been repurposed as an office for an architectural firm in town. It’s a fascinating building (one that I’d love to see the inside of some day), and the door latch isn’t something you see every day. The late afternoon light was hitting it just right when I snapped this photo.

Chimney & Shadows, South Royal Street

Chimney & Shadows, South Royal Street
Chimney & Shadows, South Royal Street. Nikon D200, 135mm f/2.8 AIS, ISO 200, f/8, 1/320 sec.

The interplay of shadow and color is fun to look for, regardless of where you may live. You can find great moments like these anywhere. To me, this image evokes a feeling of warmth that is especially welcome on a cold, rainy day like today.

Window in Alcove, South Pitt Street

Window in Alcove, South Pitt Street
Window in Alcove, South Pitt Street. Nikon D200, 35mm 1.8 AF-S DX, ISO 400, f/4, 1/60 sec.

Photographers refer to the hour after the sun goes down as blue hour. It’s a magical time to be out shooting, as you can really play with the juxtaposition of cool and warm light.

I spent some time photographing this particular scene with different compositions, fascinated with the way the warmth from the man-made light receded into the cool blue of twilight. In the end, I decided I liked this composition where I omitted the actual source of the warm light, making it appear as if the window is being bathed in light from an otherworldly source.

Wreath and Door Knocker, Duke Street

Wreath and Door Knocker, Duke Street
Wreath and Door Knocker, Duke Street. Nikon D200, 60mm 2.8 AF Micro, ISO 100, f/8, 1/200 sec.

Muted colors can be just as beautiful as bright, bold colors. This was an interesting take on the normal green and red that you see all over Old Town around Christmas. Taken last month, I’m finally getting around to posting this one.

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.

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.

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.