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.

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┬áskimming┬áthis 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.

Violinist, King Street

Violinist, King Street. Nikon D200, 105mm f/2.5 AI, ISO 100, f/8, 1/200 sec.
Violinist, King Street. Nikon D200, 105mm f/2.5 AI, ISO 100, f/8, 1/200 sec.

Sometimes the light is so good you can’t believe your luck. Other times, the light stinks and you need to create your own luck. For the latter, I usually carry around a small flash.

But in the photograph above, the sun provided all the luck I would need. This musician was standing right on the edge of some great late afternoon golden light. The sun was at the perfect angle to create interesting shadows and reveal texture in the wall.

It was almost as if the violinist positioned himself perfectly for a photograph, but I’m sure he was just trying to fend off the fall chill.