Sunrise at Leesylvania State Park

March 10, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

A few weeks ago, I decided that I would join a group of photographers for a sunrise shoot at Leesylvania State Park. Keep in mind, this was scheduled more than a month in advance and I had NO idea that the weather was going to be as cold as it was. 

The night before the planned shoot, I looked at my phone for the hour-by-hour weather forecast (what would we do without our smart phones!!!) and saw that the sky has great potential for a good sunrise, BUT it was going to 9 degrees at 6am! BRRRRRRR. I decided that I still wanted to go and not lose out to a potential beautiful sunrise and regret it if I would not go.

Funny enough I had no issues waking up at 5am that Saturday morning, so I got my layers of clothing on, grabbed some coffee and hit the road. Lucky for me, Leesylvania State Park is only a 30 minute drive from my house so I was there in no time. I arrived a little after 6am and found about 7 fellow photographers who also braved the cold. As I got out and grabbed my gear I could already see that the sky was looking promising, and although is was cold, REALLY cold, I was excited! We all walked to the pier near the Potomac River and got set up and started shooting. 


You can see, we started out with a darker blue/purple sky and a peach and orange hue earlier in the morning. This was the early sign for us that this sunrise was promising to be a good one.

If you look closely you will notice that the Potomac River is partially frozen and besides the fact that is was 9 degrees the wind was also blowing near the Potomac River, to add to it. But all of us who were there weren't really complaining about the cold much as we were exciting to see the constant changes in the sky!

I will try to follow with the range of color from the sunrise.

Here you notice it is already getting slightly lighter in the sky, the orange is getting deeper, and notice the snow on the ground too!

As the time passed the colors became more vivid with reds & purples. It was truly amazing to see and i think we all forgot we were cold!

You will see the color of the sky constantly changing as the sun comes up....

Final image just before the sun rose, therefore lots of yellow and orange in the sky!

By 7:15am the sun was fully in the sky and I was ready to pack up and go to the car so I could warm up. 

All in all, I am glad I went and joined some of my fellow photographers on this early morning sunrise. I will certainly go back again soon, hopefully in warmer weather!



H Street Festival

October 13, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Decided to do something different tonight and write a blog post for a change! 

Now, I am not a big writer, and let's face it, I did not grow up speaking English, so I can't promise you it's going to be great, but I thought I would give it a try.

A few weeks ago, I went to the H Street Festival in NE Washington DC to meet up with other photographers to take pictures. I am not a great street photographer so I went there without expectations and really for the experience and in the hopes that if I continue to expose myself to these type of events and opportunities that I might eventually get better at it.

I got to the festival and it was SUPER crowded as it was a gorgeous day outside! After walking for a while to find my group I started shooting....

There were many stages and music events. This Skull made out of soda cans had a music scene around it! It drew quite a crowd!

Crazy skull made out of soda cans!!!

As we continue to walk one of our fellow photographers wanted to eat something so as she was standing in a long line for food, I was in the street looking around for anything interesting around... (remember, I am not a great street photographer!!!)

Then I noticed this bird on top of this corner street building!

Bird on top of Building

And as I looked further I thought this building with the "Fleur de Lis" looked pretty cool too, especially with the purple neon around it!

Building with Fleur de Lis

After the break we kept walking down the street and found a couple more interesting items. Well, I think they were interesting, but you might not! Let's hope you find it interesting too!

Here is the H Street NE sign, oh and did I mention that this entire area of H street has been redone and looks GREAT!!!! AND they will start running a STREET CAR on H street. (It looks like the Dutch street cars I grew up with, by the way!)

H Street NE Sign

MLK on Store Front

MLK on Store Front

The Festival also had many stands selling items, this pottery stand caught my eye due to the colors and shapes.


Then there was this really cool stand selling steel letters, small one, medium ones and some bigger ones... Many were just in random order BUT we found a few in a great order!

SOL into the SUN!!!

H Street!!!

H Street!

I just had to take a picture of this guy... He was just perfectly hanging out of his food truck window showing off his tattoos on his arm! There was just something about him and his entire look...

After the festival I decided to stick around the city for a little while longer and take some images of the Capitol Building and the Mall during sunset...

I will write another post about that!

I hope you enjoyed reading this post.






Project MCP April Challenge #3 - Blooming

April 20, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

This week's challenge was "blooming" so I got to shoot my favorite subject - flowers. This however ended up being more challenging than expected due to many of the early spring flowers already being done blooming and the summer blooming flowers not being here yet... However are the last minute this morning I noticed these wonderful "balls" of flowers at a neighbors front yard so this evening I decided to go check it out and take picture of them. I have no idea what plant it is but they are beautiful blooming "balls" and I hope you enjoy the picture.




April Project MCP Challenges

April 12, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

So, April is here and I can't believe we are actually already almost in mid-April! Here are the challenges that I was given for April and since I was traveling the first weekend of April (Easter Weekend) I am a week behind, but I hope to catch up!

April, Challenge #1 – Illustrate the following in a photo: Showers/Wet

April, Challenge #2 – Take a picture using a shallow depth of field

April, Challenge #3 – Interpret the following in a photo: Blooming

April, Challenge #4 – Get Low. Lie Down on the ground and shoot above


Since I was having some challenges getting the first challenge done (and I REALLY wanted to do the challenges in order this month!) plus I missed last week, I decided to for now skip that one and move on to Shallow Depth of Field. This is actually one of my favorite things!! So I took out my 50mm lens that goes all the way down to a 1.8 f-stop to get a great shallow depth of field. Of course I decided to take one of my favorite subject matters for this picture as well, flowers. Here is the result, I hope you like it!




April Challenge - Depth of Field

MCP Project March Challenge #4 - Guess What?

March 31, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

So the fourth challenge of the month proved to be the most challenging for me as it needed to be a a VERY close up picture of an item so that it became almost unrecognizable. The problem is that I do not own a Micro lens (yet) so getting a really close up to the subject was really not possible.  I am hoping to get a micro lens really soon, but I was not able to get it in time for this challenge as it is quite an investment. So instead for this challenge I took a picture with my regular lens and cropped the picture to get to the details. It is not a great picture but it is the best I could get with the gear I have.


March Challenge #4 - Guess What?


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