Copper Still, George Washington’s Distillery

Copper Still, George Washington's Distillery
Copper Still, George Washington’s Distillery. Nikon D810, Nikon 50mm f/2 K, ISO 500, f/4, 1/80 sec.

A visit to George Washington’s grist mill & distillery is well worth the short trip down from Washington, D.C. It’s also a photographer’s paradise. Soft light filters in from open windows to illuminate the artifacts and reproductions throughout both buildings. I could have spent all afternoon there, finding different compositions. There are so many interesting details and vignettes. Tour guides dressed in period costumes are very knowledgeable and friendly. It’s great for the kids too!

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Sue Henry, Tulusa

There’s this hip little townhouse in Del Ray that you can’t miss. In fact, I would say that it’s one of the most unique pieces of architecture in this neighborhood. Turns out that the house is as eclectic and original as its owner, artist Sue Henry. She’s the owner of Tulusa, her “personal line of original block printed and embellished textiles.”

Sue Henry, owner of Tulusa
Sue Henry, Owner of Tulusa. Nikon D810, Tokina 17-35mm f/4 @27mm, ISO 64, f/7.1, 1/80 sec.

Sue works out of her basement studio, which is flooded with light from a glass-filled garage door. That light was the inspiration for the lighting in these photos, and it was a marvelous place to create portraits of her.

As I was admiring her work, I asked where she got her inspiration. “Nature,” came the immediate response. She went on to explain that her color palette is sort of at the intersection of jewel tones and earth tones, which I totally get. It’s warm and inviting, yet also sophisticated.

Sue Henry, Owner of Tulusa
Sue Henry, Owner of Tulusa. Nikon D810, Nikon 105mm f/2.5, ISO 64, f/2.8, 1/60 sec.

Her work can be purchased online at Tulusa.com or locally at Red Barn Mercantile in Old Town Alexandria. Also keep an eye out for Sue’s pop-up shops around town.

Christ Church Detail, N Columbus Street

Christ Church, N Columbus Street
Christ Church Detail, N Columbus Street. Nikon D200, Nikon 60mm f/2.8 AF Micro, ISO 100, f/8, 1/250 sec.

Completed in 1773, Christ Church is a fantastic example of Georgian architecture in Old Town Alexandria. I loved the way the afternoon sunlight was streaming through these exterior windows, imprinting its own pattern onto the doorway.

Power Lines at Dusk, E Del Ray Avenue

Power Lines at Dusk, E Del Ray Avenue
Power Lines at Dusk, E Del Ray Avenue. Nikon D200, Nikon 35mm f/1.8 AF-S DX, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/80 sec.

The sky was magnificent earlier tonight and everything under it took on a golden hue. I’m always fascinated with line and pattern. You know me.

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.