I went to shoot the supermoon on Sunday at the Kennedy Center. I brought my longest lens and my tripod, just not my tripod plate. That was sitting on my desk at home. Whoops! I was still able to capture the full moon, but not the full eclipse. It was really an amazing sight though, and I'm glad I saw it with my own eyes.
Trey Ratcliff's Photo Walk Across the USA came to DC recently. Trey was one of the pioneers of HDR photography, which stands for High-Dynamic-Range. Although people may not know the name of this type of image, nearly everyone has probably seen one, or many for that matter. These images are hyper saturated and hyper detailed, often giving the picture a surreal quality. This isn't my style, but I can completely appreciate the artistic and technical skill that goes into it.
I was very curious about the photowalk, and didn't know very much about Trey before I showed up. It ended up being a fantastic experience! At first I had been apprehensive that it would just be Trey pushing everyone to do HDR but that was far from the case. He was excited to see people do their own thing and encouraged everyone's own eye and style.
We generally followed Trey around the National Mall, taking our own pictures and then gathering around when he started to talk. Here Trey would explain what had caught his eye about the frame he chose, and what perhaps he was trying to depict or evoke. I liked that he tended to start with a more abstract, artistic, at times philosophical approach. That was something everyone could really relate to and use to inspire and analyze their own work. Then Trey would continue on to the technical end, telling what lens and settings he was using and why. I think he really had some good things to say, and seemed very down to earth, a trait I highly prize.
It was a great atmosphere in which to take pictures, surrounded by others just as enthusiastic about photography as me. On a lovely summer evening with a great excited energy in the air. Below are what I was able to capture.
I've been spending a fair amount of time on the National Mall lately, and of course, taking a fair few pictures. While most tourist only really see the National Mall when they visit Washington DC, too many locals don't take advantage of it, and this is sad on both accounts. DC has so much more to offer than just the National Mall, but it is an amazing place and I'm happy to get the chance to frequent it.
The best time to go is at odd hours and weird days, when the place isn't swamped with tourist. So super early hours during the summer, or just visit it in the off season. This also means that besides missing the crowds, you also miss the incredible heat and humidity that DC can throw at you. At these times you can find a nice place to sit and soak in the monuments and memorials. I find it always leaves me feeling calmer and more humble, and I love it.
This week's black and white shows one of those nice quite moments on the Mall. Enjoy!
I laughed out loud when I saw this on the street. Had to take a picture. Everyone is different and that is a really amazing and wonderful thing.
This Monday I woke at 5 am to walk down to the Lincoln Memorial to shoot the sun rise over the district. It's a really beautiful, powerful and peaceful sight. The city is quietly awake already but not overtly. The birds are happily chirping away, cars with headlights shining glide down the streets. Locals run in the Mall and up the Lincoln stairs in the hours around dawn, before the workday starts.
In the time before the sun broke the horizon I took some photos of the Memorial itself. I think that this is my favorite one. Lincoln is normally surrounded by visitors during the day, so it's rather a different experience getting to approach him alone. The sense of reverence is at it's hight at this hour, and I don't think you can help but be moved.
Way back in January I got the opportunity to go into the Dupont Underground. These tunnels below Dupont Circle were once used for a trolly system that was discontinued decades ago. There have been attempts over the years to make use of this underground space but nothing has been successful.
Now a group is trying to change that. They want to use the space for the arts and have a lease from the city to try and make their vision a reality.
When I went down below the city they had yet to start doing any work on the space. Which meant I got to see it in it's raw, long untouched state. It was amazing, and I was way too excited to be shooting to realize how spooky it could have been. I could have spent the whole day down there taking photos. I only had about an hour but I made the most of it. What an awesome experience!
Adventuring in your own city is just the best, and I think unfortunately, rather overlooked. A great place to do that in DC is Meridian Hill Park, a lovely surprise that springs up in the middle of the U St. district. The steps are beautiful and to top it all off there is a drum circle at the top of the park on Sundays. It's a wonderful community and just a really good time.
It's so much fun to take pictures in the city! There's always something new to photograph, the scenery is always changing, and the architecture in and around U St is such a fun mix. People leave weird things around, there are plants and animals and people, the city is really a living thing. So here are some of my favorite photos from a photography walk I did around the U St Corridor in DC.
The DC Metro is really stunning, as is my sister. So of course, I like to take pictures of both. Here we are waiting for the metro on my birthday.
In honor of Kristine's graduation with her Masters my family went out for a fun and fancy dinner. I find I always like to photograph these types of events. The atmosphere is lovely, lots of glass to take photos of, and a chance to have some fun with candid portraits and details.
When my family came to town to celebrate my sister's graduation from her Masters program we decided to take a tour of the Capitol Building. I, unsurprisingly, had a field day. On more than one occasion my mom had to remind me to stay with the group and not hang back (e.i. get lost) while taking pictures.
Of course our sisters night out included wine, and me taking pictures of it and Kristine. I can't help myself, they're so lovely!
Living in DC has given me some amazing moments. One of those includes being able to celebrate the Supreme Court's ruling on marriage equality in front of a rainbow colored White House. It was such a heart warming experience.
This year we marked the 70th Anniversary of VE Day on May 8th. Here in DC that was celebrated by a fly-by of period airplanes over the WWII Memorial. It was such a privilege to live close enough to the National Mall to simply walk over with my camera and take part in this.
Having been so late in posting this, I feel it is at least appropriate to post it on Independence Day. Have a wonderful 4th everyone!
Spring came, and went, before I realized it. Luckily I did continue to take photos for fun, they just didn't make it up here in any timely fashion. Here were my favorite bits of the spring flora.
Before spring decides to move in to stay, I want to get up a few of the last winter photos I took. Here's what the windows in an old embassy look like after a night of well-below-freezing temperatures. It's so pretty! But it also means the room is so cold you never want to get out of bed!
My friends Colleen and Yoder and I went out to lunch recently at the coolest place, called Ted's Bulletin. I just wanted to take pictures in there all day. When our food arrived I was so preoccupied Yoder finally told me, "You know you're also allowed to eat that." Here's what I got.
DC got some snow. So naturally I walked around most of the day and took pictures. In the morning I shot with my two 35mm film cameras. I simply cannot wait to get those negatives back. In the afternoon though I switched to my DSLR and walked around Georgetown. Here are my favorite shots, and keep your eyes open for my film pics coming sometime soon!
Recently I got to shoot the new menu at the Roof Terrace Restaurant at the Kennedy Center here in DC. They are working on a new website for the restaurant and needed some up-to-date photos. It was a great time shooting these beautiful creations!
Check out their facebook page here:
I have now lived in DC for one year! Happy Anniversary!
After living in LA for three years DC was a welcome change, though apparently I have a thing for two letter cities. I was back to the change of seasons. Fall colors and sweaters and drinking warm drinks.
My last night in LA was spent out with all my friends and my Mom who was helping me move. When someone brought up the fact that I would get to experience autumn again there was a collective sigh, and everyone started stating their favorite things about fall. We were all East Coast kids and Southern California weather was quite the change for us.
And boy did I come back east for quite the winter. I loved every second of it, unlike most people. I am a true winter girl. DC actually got a bit of snow this winter which I completely enjoyed and, of course, photographed.
I've loved living right downtown. Walking and metroing everywhere is such a refreshing change after being chained to a car in LA. I try to take advantage of this awesome city every chance I get.
As the seasons changed to summer I've done lots of traveling, (so many weddings) but I always looked forward to coming back to DC. On my last return here I finally felt like I was coming back to my home. And that is just a wonderful feeling.
Here's to another wonderful year in DC!
kaitlin k walsh
Adventurer armed with a camera.