EVgo opened its 800th location for charging cars in its growing network. Electric cars are certainly more prevalent on our roadways. While their adoption is faster, it is the infrastructure to support them has also grown as quickly. It is a ‘chicken or the egg’ question where both needed to be built to sustain the other. With this in mind, these electric chargers have been opening in many fueling stations, and shopping centers in our area.
At this time, EVgo wanted me to make some images of their location at the Sheetz in Chantilly. Appropriately, this is in the middle of a high technology section of the Dulles Corridor. To be sure, this station was where many commuters going to work in data centers and other technology companies in the area stop with their electric vehicles. Luckily, they had some electric cars available to be placed by the chargers.
While we were waiting for all the cars to arrive, I was able to see some behind-the-scenes of EVgo charging stations. A technician was putting the finishing touches prior to their opening. He described how he is traveling the country installing these stations, and he was definitely familiar with how to get these online.
Prior to leaving the station, I also made some images with people using the chargers. It was here that I tried to stretch more lighting to bring out their faces and make the action a little clearer. In due time, this will be a familiar scene as electric cars become more the norm, and gasoline is the anomaly!
On this occasion, I went to the Chantilly, Virginia offices of Legacy Scenic. As can be seen, this is not only an office space but a workshop, design lab, and warehouse in one! Being that a photographer has access to look behind the curtain at events, this is look behind the curtain – behind the curtain!
For large events, I have seen elaborate branded sets where speakers, and presentations are made against camera-ready backdrops. Legacy Scenic is the company that creates these sets from scratch. While they have
the experience in creating these, you can work with them to design how your set will look. On account of the elements on a set being custom, they have the capability to fabricate what you need from small to large details. I photographed them working with the large, noisy, and sometimes sparking machines. These were amazing for photos!
If you visit their updated website, you can see my images added to their photos of completed sets. Given that this is an election year, you will likely see more of their work on news channels this fall. When trade shows come back, you will undoubtedly see them there as well. Thanks to Virginia and the team at StraTac Marketing for the opportunity to see the magic behind this creative company. Also, thanks to the team at Legacy who was very patient with me as I asked so many questions while I was there. They have almost as many cools toys to play with at work as photographers!
I suppose that the main reason that photographers start blogging is to share their photos online. Secondly is to attract more visitors that will hire you to do more projects! That being the case, I have been very busy that last few weeks, and I have a lot of photo management and processing to do. Unfortunately, the blog is what has gone to the back burner, and I am consequently feeling VERY guilty! I apologize to those few of you that stop by to see what I am up to. Rest assured, I have not had any drastic changes, and I still plan on keeping you updated here on my photography projects.
Spring Freestyles Expiring
Today, the post has to focus on this being the last day that you can view and purchase photos from the Arthur Murray Spring Freestyles. The DC Area studios gathered at the Westfields Marriott in Chantilly, VA for their first big event of 2014. We had previously attended an Arthur Murray at this beautiful hotel as students, but this was the first time we photographed a ballroom dance event there as the official photographers. We assembled a great team of photographers and helpers that made sure we could capture as many dancers as we could over the two days. To view all the photos from the event, please visit the proofing site here:
At the end of the event, we came away with some great photos of the professional shows! I really had a great time playing with these photos. If you remember, we had a Facebook voting contest with images that I treated with a distressed-retro look. I think it was a good combination with the kinds of images from the shows. I am currently working on the next set of professional shows from the Summer Showcase. That will be next on the growing to do list. Stay tuned!