Black Water

As many of you great people who follow me may have noticed, some of my landscape shots include some body of water that is either black or close to it. This because having black still water is something I look for in my shots if possible. I won’t throw away a shot if it doesn’t mind you, but it is this type scenario that…

The Bridge at Roddy Creek

Welcome to the new year, I hope everyone is coping well. As many of you know, the east coast here in the U.S. is going through some very cold and severe winter weather and it seems like we are getting snow here every week. Yesterday the sun finally came out and I thought that I would revisit some old haunts to get a different…

Return to Ruin

On occasion I will go back to places that I have visited to shoot before for various reasons. Different time of day or year. Different lenses. Or maybe there was something about the particular subject that was left unsaid from my previous visit. The truth is that the same story can always be told more than once, just from a different perspective. Such is…

Flying Buttress

Here is a shot of the Flying Buttresses on the side of the Washington National Cathedral from the previous post. Canon 5D markII, EF 50 1.2 L, ISO 160, 1/100 @ f/8

Cathedral

I was working near D.C. yesterday and happen to have my gear with me. I got off about mid afternoon and drove into the city with the intention of paying my respects to Nelson Mandela at the South African Embassy (a post on that later). After doing so, I thought I would maybe hit a neighborhood for a few shots and go home. The…

Cities in Dust

I took this photo of an angel that is part of a large fountain in front of Union Station in D.C. The thing that struck me as odd about the fountain was the fact that not only was it bone dry, but it was also filled with trash like old bicycles and just general garbage. The rest was in some serious disrepair. I certainly…

Looking Up At The Old Exec Part II

Here Is another look at the Old Executive Office Building. Canon 5D markII, EF 24-70 2.8 L, ISO 320, 1/200 @ f/11

Looking Up At The Old Exec

This is a shot of the Old Executive Office Building which is just west of the White House. It is a city block long and almost as wide. It was built between 1871 and 1888. It houses staff from the White House as well as other government employees. Recently it had undergone a facelift of sorts, with detailed cleaning of the stone and repainting…

The Mayfair Theater

As most of you who follow me know, I am quite found of shooting old buildings and structures, but then who with a camera isn’t. The real gems though, are the ones that turn out to have a great and storied past, only to be left to rust or rot in place as if they never existed in the first place. One day while…

Neptune

I know that it seems that I have been on a black and white jaunt lately, and the truth is, I have.  As of late, color has not been on the menu for me. It just happens so bear with me while my fling with various shades of grey runs it’s course. I will try to post some color to break up the monotony,…

Ladew

Main field at Ladew. Canon 5D markII, EF 85 1.2 L, ISO 160, 1/500 @ f/5.6

Ladew Gardens

Last summer Sheila and I went to Ladew topiary gardens in Monkton Md. This place is very large and we spent hours walking the grounds despite the spotty drizzle that hung like a haze on occasion. The shot above is a view of the main fountain in the rose garden from outside of one of the four entrances. Canon 5D markII, EF 85 1.2…

Looking Up At The American Visionary Art Museum

This hand sculpture is an installation that is attached to the outside of the American Visionary Art museum in the Federal hill section of Baltimore. I first noticed it when I shot the Inner Harbor in the last post. When I first saw it I was at a great distance and I thought I was seeing things. Of course I can’t just let things…

Headless Angel

One the things I find most fascinating are cemeteries. Sounds a bit morbid I know, but they are actually quite peaceful places to be. And for me, the older and larger cemetery, the better. I will spend hours walking through these places. I find it interesting how we as humans honor our dead. I took this photo above at the New Cathedral Cemetery in…

Carousel Shoppe

Canon 5D mark II, EF 50 1.2 L, ISO 320, 1/500 @ f/6.3