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Look what I've found!

I'm starting out on a series of photographs that's very exciting for me.  It is a completely a different approach.  I was playing around with the idea few years ago but now I decided to explore it some more.

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I caught the flashing meteor just as it was about to crash on the earth… Just kidding. This was done with long exposure and deliberately moving the camera for the desired effect.  The meteor is just the sun.

Yes, it does look like an impressionistic painting. I assure you that there was no photoshop filters used.  Saturation, contrast and some tinting was used to get the colors the way I like it.

This approach is so interesting for me because even though the image looks like an abstraction, it was derived from real life.  So in a way it straddles the world of your imagination and reality.  Or better yet, it blurs the boundary between the two realms.

We can even take the idea further to examine, IS there a real distinction between your imagin…
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Let There be (additional wirelessly controlled portable electronic) Light! With Canon 600RT

I've always held fast to the notion that there is nothing more beautiful of a light source than the natural light and I still do. I sometimes like to at least try to prove myself wrong. The reason being is that I believe that your ideas can, and should change… At least welcome the notion of that change.

As it is true with many of my photographic ideas, some of the ideas have roots that goes way back.  I was flirting with the idea of shooting nature with electronic flash. Yes, that's sacrilegious to many including myself, till I realized that while believing in something strongly is good, holding onto something too strongly can lead to stagnation. And as we know, stagnation leads to death! Yes, Death! (repetition for dramatic effect).

So today I headed out to the woods to test out this idea. Armed with the Canon 600EX Flash, using the ST-E3-RT to trigger the flash wirelessly. I was finally able to try this technique.

What I tried to do here is not to disrespect the natural lig…

There's No Place Like "Here and Now"

I got to this little park in Leesburg and thought, 'Any other place would be better for pictures.' I usually think this when I get to a site. Shame on me, I know. Thinking about all the wonderful pictures that I'm missing out because I'm not in Bryce Canyon or at Yosemite. Or because the light is not right, it won't be good and such.

So today I said, "The hell with it… I'm just going to use what is here and now and make the best of it." No excuses.  Matter of fact, I didn't even bring my big camera, Just my point and shoot (fuji x-100). I started to scan around to see if there's anything interesting.

Where do you decide to see things from dictates your perspective of the photo. I knew that the snow on the ground was something that I was not used to seeing at this park so I headed into a small area of brush where the tall grass held onto the snow more than the wide open field where the ground was starting to show through.

The more time I spent …

Insane In The Membrane

They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome.  Let it be known that I'm insane. (please, with a grain of salt…)

I've been to the Ball's Bluff Park in Leesburg for about 10 years now.  I've shot thousands of images there.  Some of them good and some not so good.  Each time I gather my things to shoot there, in my insane mind, I'm thinking that I can comeback with something different.  So I go there with my same cameras, same lens, sometimes the same pants and of coarse the same dog. (see below)

So there I was pondering my insanity in the woods.  How can I get something different here? I've seen this park in the morning, day and night. In fogs, snow, rain, hail… Should I move on now?

So I started to ask myself some questions, "What is worthwhile to photograph here?" "Where exactly is the beauty in this place full of fallen trees and heaps of rotting leaves?" Yes, I think rotting t…

DarkRoom in LightRoom

I love black and white images. For us darkroom folks, it has a special place in our heart.  So I'm brining the Darkroom back through LightRoom!  If you're confused, read on.

This is the original color version

The color version is not bad, but I think the black and white image brings more drama to the photograph.

This is Baltimore by the way. The industrial area near Francis Scott Key Bridge.  All the areas near the water was fenced in so I was going to try some other places, but I got lucky.  I slipped through this one guard using my charm… Ok, This is what really happened:  the guard asks me, "You're going into the Marine Safety Building?" to that I said,"… Um, yeah… Marine Safety Building… That's it"  Then she lifted the gate.  I didn't even get to use my James Bond charm that I've acquired as a photographer needing access. Some times a simple "yes" is enough, I guess.

I hardly use Photoshop anymore in "working" the pi…

Ex President's Homes in DC

Shot for the Washingtonian Magazine for their "Before the White House" article.  It was fun visiting these homes and talking to the owners about what they know and have learned over the years.

This story shows the homes of some presidents before they moved into the White House.  The presidents that I covered was Bush Sr., Kennedy, Nixon, Ford, Harding, and Johnson.

John F. Kennedy 3307 N St. NE DC This House was a bit of a challenge because I did not want to show cars or street signs. Just off the the left of the shot is the street, so I didn't have too much space to work with.  From this angle I was able to keep the composition pristine as possible. Just to the right was a bunch of construction workers moving stuff around.  The wide 24mm with the perspective correction allowed me this shot from such a tight vantage point. I love this lens! 
The owner told me that the back of the house was built first then the front was added later on.  Look at that pear tree climbing the…