Today is my 44th birthday! Concurrently, it is Patriot Day in the United States which is the reason for patriotic colors in the photos. Certainly, half of the year has been a challenge. The pandemic lockdown drastically changed everyday life and work in 2020. However, I have used my photography to keep myself busy.
At first, I only had one assignment to capture this large American flag on the Tysons Tower. Since it was scheduled to only be up temporarily, I went out during different times during the day to see how it looked with different skies. With less foot and car traffic, it was a good way to social distance!
Additionally, I did not have as many other projects to work on. With this in mind, I could take more time to experiment. I went deep into the equipment bag to try gear I normally do not bring with me to expand my skills. As can be seen, I expanded my self-assignment to include other patriotic colors on other buildings. They make for a nice collection!
Today’s post looks back at a complete Penthouse project by Judith S Weisman Interiors. While working with other creatives can be stressful to some, I try to be as collaborative as possible. Not only does it make my attitude during an event more pleasant, it helps to bring people together as a team. For me, it makes the photos look much better when I review them later! In this case, Judith was terrific in showing off her work on this amazing home.
In light of the homeowner’s extensive art collection, their viewability was the overall goal of the design. Large open spaces that allowed natural light through. Judith really set the myriad of pieces in the home that gave them their own space to be appreciated.
As can be seen, there was a lot to visually take in. In fact, this looked like a museum set inside a home! Each room had numerous art pieces, but also had seating and other comforts making it a livable space. Being that all the surfaces looked new, I was appreciative of all the details that went into the complete penthouse project. It was a daunting task to document all that had been done. Be that as it may, I can see the collaboration between Judith, the designer, and the homeowner to pull it all together.
When you get the opportunity to get above Tysons, I would take it! Since the skyline is changing so rapidly, you need to capture these slices of time when you can. As can be seen, these were taken 2 years ago, and already there are new additions completed, and occupied. Surely there are more on the way!
On this occasion, an early-morning call gave us the best chance to get some good light on the buildings. From such a high vantage point, we could easily track the light as the sun rose. A light cloud cover bounced some of the early dawn light back below making them highlight the buildings starting from the top. Similarly to my early shoot at the Grand Canyon, I was not as familiar with how the light would act from there. It was my first time at the top of this Capital One tower.
Higher is always better for photos. Although I am not a fan of heights, I enjoy looking back at these images. For one thing, this is a privilege to get access to such a perspective over Tysons. Secondly, these photos can help show off our area in a great light! It is progressing higher with the prospect of being more residential to add to the many businesses already based here. As long as I can stand it, I’ll be up to scale more tall buildings if asked!