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- AboutMy interest in photography started with influence from my dad. Wherever we went, he took pictures of my family and the scenery around us. As I grew up, more and more times, he let me be the camera man. Maybe the habit just stuck. I took up photography in the summer of 2006. I really am not sure what spurred the idea, but since then I have made a hobby of taking photos of what I find to be beautiful. What do I find to be beautiful? Mostly, nature. I find beauty in the subtleties of the Earth. When I take the time to think through the complexity of the Earth and the life within it, I conclude that there must be a reason to existence. However, Earth is only one small piece of the larger puzzle; much more beauty exists in places and shapes we have never imagined. What is that larger puzzle? What other beauty lies out in the Universe? What is the driving force behind life? These are questions that run through my mind when I witness nature. What makes the Earth beautiful to me? I can’t really say. I feel a quiet passion as a crisp…
Here’s a quick post after the light ice storm we had last night.
I really had hoped that the freezing rain would encapsulate the trees and sidewalks with a layer of ice. While it is a little dangerous and annoying to walk and drive on, it really is pretty cool to see.
Here’s a ledge right outside of my apartment, lined with a row of icicles. used a shallow DoF to of blur out the icicles in the background:
Next is a macro of the ice that covered a barren twig. The outer texture of the ice showed an interesting series of almost hexagons:
Of course, the ice isn’t here to stay and let us all off work and school (fingers still crossed for a big storm), so I caught this one shot of water dripping from an icicle. The combo of long focal length and wide aperture really tightened the focus:
Ok so now that that dinky storm is over, I’m ready for Snowmageddon 2011!! That has a better ring to it than last year doesn’t it?
I recently did a shoot for the guys at Eden, a club at 1716 I street NW, Washington DC. You might remember I did one a few months ago when they first opened the club. Just recently, the guys just opened their new floor, called the Green Room.
Here’s a preview of some of the techy visuals at the club. They are really a sight to see.
This shot shows a digitally-projected scene of flowers in a swaying field of butterflies. Behind the projection is a patch of textured greens. On the left is the light from the VIP loft reflecting against the glass. Even further left is a group of tropically styled trees.
Needless to say, the setup of the Green Room really tingles your visual senses.
Stay tuned for more pics — or check the spot out for yourself…
I know its a couple weeks into the new year already, but I wanted to do a quick post to recap my work in photography this past year.
2010 was a year of growth for me when it came to photography. I started with it a few years ago as just a careless hobby. Soon after I bought my first SLR, though, I found it always stuck to me and pointed at god knows what in the hopes that I would get a cool shot. I had no idea what lenses did what and what the seemingly millions of settings and accessories meant. Somehow, I ended up where I am now… constantly thinking about how I can get better at taking and processing photos.
But over the past year, I really feel like I learned more about how to capture the moment, as I felt it, than in any other year. Who knows how much more I will learn or how much better my shots will get? Lord knows there’s a ton more out there I need to understand. Thankfully, I have the will to go and understand it. I hope that will continues far into the future.
So all that said… I wanted to post my top 10 photos from 2010. There were several that could have made the cut over others, but these were my gut feeling choices the first time I went through them. Here they are, in chronological order:
#10 – DC in a Fog
#9 - Iwo Jima Memorial during a blizzard
#8 – Sunrise over the Potomac after a snowstorm
#7 – Sunset at the Jefferson Memorial at the Cherry Blossom festival
#6 – Tidal Basin & Washington Monument at the Cherry Blossom Festival
#5 – Horses on the Beach in Cabo, San Lucas
#4 – Iguana in St. Thomas, USVI
#3 – Harvest Moon over the Iwo Jima Memorial
#2 – Sunset in the Shenandoah Mountains
#1 – Starlight over Great Falls
So… what did you think of my year? Anything you liked or thought I could have done better? Maybe you think these really WEREN’T my best (see all of my 2010 shots here)? Please comment… I’d love to hear from you.
A quick plug here…
A photo I submitted to CNN iReport made of of the best travel photos of 2010.
It was the photo below… taken during a foggy night over Washington, D.C. I took this from the balcony of my old apartment in Rosslyn, VA:
Check it out here (number #31, Washington).
Thanks for looking.