I was in Washington, DC for a meeting today and while it was mid afternoon and cloudy, I did find some interesting pictures. The tourists and tour bus were colorful as usual, particularly when joined by a statute at the National Archives.
I was more surprised to find a farmers market just up the block from the National Archives. Too bad it would have been un-Washingtonian to have taken a bag of the nice produce to the meeting.
While I was working in Washington, DC I always wanted to have time to take photos of the city and its people. Yes, the monuments and buildings are very photogenic, but so are the ubiquitous tourists, fellow bureaucrats, demonstrators for one cause or another, and the occasional VIP or his or her motorcade. I finally have enough photographs to begin a gallery.
These colorful demonstrators want to free the Uyghurs and East Turkistan.
We met some friends downtown for dinner tonight and I got lucky with the timing for interesting twilight. I was hoping to get a position more to the center of the monuments, but there was a gaggle of tourists with point and shoots. DC is always a beautiful city, and I want to spend some quality time on the mall with the right light in the near future.
I do enjoy cooking, especially this time of year with fresh garden produce available, and a sister and brother in-law with a big garden. The garlic was fresh and potent for the summer soup I made. This was taken with a little Canon 870; a nice little camera, and fun for grab shots. However, I am spoiled with the image quality of the big Canons.
Nice sunset along the street into our neighborhood. However, in reality, it wasn’t that nice. This photo is highly modified – several adjustment layers, dodging and burning and such. I suppose if other photographers can do it, so can I. After all photography is art. I do hope to have the opportunity to be in the right place with the right light and equipment, and knowledge to capture landscapes without a lot of post processing.
Thunder storms were moving through the area today, so flying was not an option. I went out to the airport in the early evening anyway. After one storm moved through, the light on the airport was fantastic no matter which direction one looked. I find small airports to be very peaceful and nice to simply hang around at even if I am not flying.
I was headed out to take some photos this morning and noticed the sun was coming through the skylights in our kitchen hitting the spot on the counter where our supply of garlic and tomatoes usually ends up. There was a perfect still life. I should have used a higher f-stop for a deeper depth of field. Always learning. (We thank my sister for the garlic, and eagerly await real tomatoes.)
We had a few, much needed, thunder storms today. The afternoon sun peaked out for a while, and I went out with the 30D and a wide angle lens. Sun and leave and trees are always pretty. I wish the sky had been a deeper blue, but another storm was approaching. And, there is now more thunder near so I had better shut this computer down. I don’t trust the trusty surge protector.
I believe this guy (or gal) is a White-breasted Nuthatch . I am not good at identifying birds. I finally got smart and used a monopod with the 5D and 100-400 mm lens. The original pictures was very sharp. I am amazed or maybe dismayed at the loss of quality when I converted the RAW image to a JEPG and then reduced the size to fit here. Still a lot to learn.