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!


Old Town Shoe & Luggage Repair, King Street

Old Town Shoe & Luggage Repair, King Street
Old Town Shoe & Luggage Repair, King Street. Nikon D200, 18-70mm 3.5-4.5 @ 50mm, ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/125 sec.

I’ve been on this architectural kick lately, photographing all sorts of buildings that I find interesting. I’ve always liked the curved element of the sign on this store, and just had to wait a bit to get the right amount of action in front of the store to make things a little more interesting.

Summer Window Planters, Cameron Street

Summer Window Planters, Cameron Street
Summer Window Planters, Cameron Street. Nikon D200, 18-70mm 3.5-4.5 @ 70mm, ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/125 sec.

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.

Fractured Reflections, South Lee Street

Fractured Reflections, South Lee Street
Fractured Reflections, South Lee Street. Nikon D200, 180 2.8 AI-S ED, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/200 sec.

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.

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.

Contrasts, South Fairfax Street

Contrasts, South Fairfax Street
Contrasts, South Fairfax Street. Nikon D200, 105mm 2.5 AI, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/200 sec.

The southeast quadrant of Old Town Alexandria is characterized by its colorful townhouses. Some of them would look almost identical but for their vastly different color palettes. Take a walk down South Fairfax Street. The block between Gibbon & Wilkes is one of my favorites for seeking out color.

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.

Window Under Streetlight, South Lee Street

Window Under Streetlight, South Lee Street
Window Under Streetlight, South Lee Street. Nikon D200, 35mm 1.8 AF-S DX, ISO 640, f/4, 1/15 sec.

Light is fascinating to me. In this instance, it was the color of the streetlight that was really intriguing. I believe this was shot in late November and, for me, the color palette really evokes the feeling of that time of year.

Man with Suspenders, Cameron Street

Man with Suspenders, Cameron Street. Nikon D200, 105mm f/2.5 AI, ISO 400, f/4, 1/200 sec
Man with Suspenders, Cameron Street. Nikon D200, 105mm f/2.5 AI, ISO 400, f/4, 1/200 sec

I’ve been pretty good about carrying my camera with me more often. On my way home from work the other day, I met up with my wife and kids for some coffee. Then we walked around town as my wife worked on completing more of this scavenger hunt, where she has to seek out all of these stores to get a card stamped (and hopefully win some prizes).

One of the stores was tucked away into this alley that I had never noticed before—the kind of serene little nook I love discovering. As I was waiting outside the store, this gentleman walked out and stood right where you see him. Thankfully my camera was in my backpack and I got it as fast as I could, before the man could move.

Most of the time I lug the camera around all day and end up not even taking it out of the bag, but moments like these make it worth the effort. As the great photographer Jay Maisel said, “Always carry a camera, it’s tough to shoot a picture without one.”