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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…
3 years ago today, I shot a series of images that cemented my interest in photography. Before this time, I had been dabbling here and there, but I was amazed at the power of photography and my emotional response after I captured lightning over the city.
Mind you, I still had very little idea of how, technically, I was capturing the scene (for example,I chose an aperture f 4.0 for a scene that required a little more depth). But the result was dramatic. In fact, it was likely my most popular image and the one that sold the most at local trade shows I participated in that year.
On to the photos: ENJOY!
Photo 1: A lightning storm had passed over the city this night. I had a great vantage point from Rosslyn, VA, and a strike positioned itself well along the skyline:
Photo 2: I then honed in on the monument, hoping for a little more dramatic bolt in the frame. Sure enough, the strike itself was quite awesome, forming a V shape over the Monument while illuminating an interestingly rectangle -shaped cloud.