The Canal

I’ve had the 5D markII for a little while now, but I can’t get the time to use it. I’ve been working seven days a week and if I do get off early, I only have about an hour of daylight ( this is October after all ). An hour is not enough time to learn the camera ( although the learning curve is not that steep as the controls are similar to that of my 40D), set up my tripod, try my different filters, and get the shot. My frustration comes from due to the fact that the peak season for leaves is almost over, I’ve got a very small window to get some of the more specific fall shots I want. I took this shot on the C&O Canal and of about 80 shots this is the only one that I liked. It was shot with a circular polarizer to make the colors pop a little. I tried a ND filter, but it was too light. I also have and NGRAD that has always been my go to filter, but I don’t have a ring that fits this lens. The ring I do have only fits my 10-22 EFS and of course that only works on my 40D. Funny how my local camera shop has every ring in the world for my filter system but the one I want. Go figure.

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Kids at the barn

This is Kallin and Rachael. They will pop up on this site from time to time as I have been photographing them for years and they are so used to me shooting them (or at least putting up with me), that they have no problem with me getting my shots while they go about their daily lives.

Tech:Canon 30D, 50 1.4, ISO 100,f/5.0

Cherub

This garden cherub was actually a makeshift grave marker for one of the many cats that we have had over the years. I say WAS because unfortunately, this little  statue lost his head from my dogs constantly running over him and knocking him down the steep hill on the side of my house. This was shot with the good old “Nifty-Fifty”.

Tech:Canon 30D, 50mm 1.8, ISO 250, f/13

Worthington Trees

Worthington Farm is a civil war battlefield that I hike (when I have the time). I usually bring my dogs with me, but I also like to shoot the many trees here.

Tech:Canon 5D MarkII, 35mm 1.4 L, ISO 320, f/16

Gorilla

I took this shot at the National Zoo in Washington,D.C. I was standing behind a mob of tourists shooting another gorilla in some concrete enclosure who was eating some kind of twig or something. At first I tried to reach over their heads with my 70-200 but I couldn’t get to high enough ground to get my shot. As I was about to give up, I noticed this guy off to the side on his own.It was nice because as the tourists were too busy marveling in the fact that an ape could eat a twig and swing from a rope at the same time, I had this girl all to myself. Enough time for me to compose and take my shots.I didn’t mind taking this shot from behind; after all, She’s the one in captivity trying to take a break from noisy people and screaming kids. Besides, to me the side profile of her face more than makes up for it.

Tech:Canon 40D, 70-200 4 is, ISO 400, f/4

Three Lazy Bums

Okay, let me just say that I have a lot of cats. You’ll see a lot of them in future posts. However, they are supposed to be outside during the day chasing mice, climbing trees, or whatever cat-like things they should be doing. I guess these three had too much to drink last night.

Tech:Canon 40D, 35mm 1.4 L, ISO 1000, f/1.4

Alex

While trying to determine what photo to post next, I decided on this little guy. The reason is because  as of  this past weekend, his lovely mom and a close family member have gotten married so he is now a part of my neat little family. Last winter I had decided to give his mom a portrait of him for a christmas gift, so I had to go to their apartment while she wasn’t there and try to grab some shots to use. When I got there I could tell that he didn’t want his picture taken which was understandable since he had just got back from school, and I’m sure the last thing he wanted was to have some guy with a camera and lens the size of his head shoved in his face saying “hey dude, let’s take some pictures!” After him blocking my shots with his hands and saying “NO!” to any of my requests, he finally relented and stood where I had asked him to and gave me this shot. I had already prepared myself  beforehand by setting my camera to Ap priority, so getting the exposure I wanted was pretty quick. This was nice because Alex only gave me the few seconds I needed to get this shot and then went back to eating his crackers. I really like this shot because in his expression, Alex gave me what he truly felt; the strong desire not to have his photo taken, but at the same time trying not to look ticked off. I have always felt that if someone doesn’t want to smile for a portrait, then don’t make them. At the very least you’ll get honesty.

Tech: Canon 40D, 35mm 1.4 L,ISO 400, f/2.8

The Great Fire

A couple of years ago, one of my best employees had called me early one morning to inform me that he wasn’t coming into work. When I asked why, he said that there was a huge fire in his neighborhood ( Mt. Pleasant Wash. D.C.), and that a quarter of his block had burned down. Since his apartment building was right next door to the building that caused the fire, he and all of his neighbors were tossed out in the street. A few days later I went down to see him  and was shocked at the fact that him and all of his neighbors were still in the street. His wife and other neighbors had set up card tables in front of their building so they could at least have a place to congregate and watch their belongings while the city decided how to place them. This shot was taken in front of his building. His lovely daughter Tanya is in the one holding the doll, and his youngest son little jimmy is on the right.

Tech:Canon 40D, 70-200 f4 is, ISO 400, f/5.6

Desperadoes Under the Eaves

I took this shot of these four guys seeking shelter under the eave of a bank building at Dupont Circle in Washington D.C. The man in the foreground was talking politics to the man to his right as if he were one of those talking heads you see on CNN. The man to the right was dead asleep, and the guy in the middle was looking dead at me. This scene took me back to a time (more than twenty six years ago) when I lived my life as a hardcore punk rock kid with a bunch of other punk rock kids and we basically lived in and owned the circle. Back then there were a few homeless people in the circle and we considered them good friends, but most, if not all were in various stages of mental instability. I was told that this was because Reagan had cut some kind of government funding for programs  for those with mental health problems. I really don’t know about that, but what I do know is that I don’t ever recall seeing anyone with their entire life possessions stacked end to end or chained to a rail as seen in this photo. But then, If your crazy, you really don’t need a suitcase,  do you?

Rest of the series HERE

 

Tech:Canon 40D, 35mm 1.4, ISO 200, f/5.6

Finally!

Okay, so I’ve finally posted my first photo blog. I am hopeful that as soon as I get this wordpress thing down I will have lots of posts and photos on everything photography as I see it! The look may change for a little bit until I can grasp the layout of the site and settle on what I like.

Peace, Lionel

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