Through My Lens

15 – Washington, DC – Its People and Places (again)

Posted in Washington DC Places and People by lwroffee on July 31, 2009

Business took me to the Corcoran Gallery of Art today.  For some reason, I liked the lighting, perspective and colors of this shot.  The photography of William Eggleston was featured.  Unfortunately we had to hurry through the galleries.  I would have liked to linger and learn.

Corcoran Gallery of Art

Corcoran Gallery of Art

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14 – Washington, DC – Its People and Places

Posted in Washington DC Places and People by lwroffee on July 30, 2009

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.

Tour Bus in Front of the National Archives

Tour Bus in Front of 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.

Farmers Market in Washington, DC

Farmers Market in Washington, DC

13 – Washington, DC – Its People and Places

Posted in Washington DC Places and People by lwroffee on July 29, 2009

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.

Colorful Demonstrators at the White House

Colorful Demonstrators at the White House

12 – World War II Memorial

Posted in Washington DC Places and People by lwroffee on July 28, 2009

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.

World War II Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial

World War II Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial

11- Garden Bounty

Posted in Around Our Home by lwroffee on July 27, 2009

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.

Fresh Garlic

Fresh Garlic

10- Sunset

Posted in Around Our Home by lwroffee on July 26, 2009

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.

July Sunset

July Sunset

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9 – Rain at the Airport

Posted in Aviation, Uncategorized by lwroffee on July 25, 2009

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.

Clearing clouds after a rain

Clearing clouds after a rain

Thunder Strom at the Airport

Thunder Strom at the Airport

8 – Afternoon Still Life

Posted in Around Our Home by lwroffee on July 24, 2009

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.)

Tomatoes and Garlic

Tomatoes and Garlic

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7 – After the Thunder Storm

Posted in Flora by lwroffee on July 23, 2009

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.

Sun through the trees

Sun through the trees

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6 – More Backyard Birding

Posted in Fauna by lwroffee on July 22, 2009

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.

Common Tit

Common Tit

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