Last May, I went to downtown Washington, DC to get photos of the Washington Monument. We are updating a wall art collection in one room. For that reason, I thought about grouping photos of DC monuments would fit nicely.
Now that I had an idea of what I wanted to create, I set out to make the photos on a clear evening. This time of day is ideal for what I was looking for. I did not want a late evening, or nighttime shot, but the middle of the day would not have the dimension I was looking to have on the monument. When the sun gets lower in the horizon, the shadows will be a little less harsh overall.
For these photos, I used the 24mm PC-E F/3.5D tilt shift lens. This is one of the sharpest lenses I have in my bag. Secondly, the shift function of the lens helped to correct the ‘falling away’ look of the very tall Washington Monument. As can be seen in the comparison photos, the straightened version is more accurate, and a different perspective than from the ground vantage point that you see.
Washington Monument Print
Once I had the settings of the camera dialed in, I moved around the base of the monument. Sometimes the placement of the trees at the bottom surrounding park was distracting. In another case, the construction cranes from a museum going up near the monument was distracting. Finally, I just decided to shoot, and remove the crane out of the print in software for my final selection. It was a successful exercise to gain experience with a lens, and to shoot for a specific purpose.
We are well into the 2015 season of ballroom dance events! Last week we released the photos from the 2015 Maryland Dancesport Championships. I was overall very pleased with those images. As can be seen, it was great to make a new set of awesome images from the dance floor. With the new images coming online, it is time for some of last year’s collections to expire. Today is the last day to view and purchase photos from the 2014 DC Dance Challenge. To see the photos one final time, you can visit the TimeLine Media proofing site here:
This was second year that the event was held in the Atrium Ballroom of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. If you have never seen this amazing structure, you need to pay it a visit! Located in the heart of Federal Buildings in downtown Washington, DC, it is a perfect setting for an event with “DC” in the name. Right on Pennsylvania Avenue, the dancers were set in a large ballroom that projected the strength and grandness associated with city.
For this one-day competition we saw a lot of familiar faces. Being local to the DC area, it was great to see friends out on the dance floor to show off their new dance loops, costumes, and what they have been working on over the past year. Jennifer and Fabio Bonini, the organizers of the competition, ran it very smoothly. We ran on time and had great accommodations throughout the day. There were no stops in the action, and the decorations for the evening, really set it apart for the Showcase competition and Professional exhibition.
I personally grabbed a lot of images that I am keeping in my portfolio. It is a different looking ballroom from most that we cover. It does mean that there are some changes that have to be made to the lighting setup, but it is a nice challenge to work through. I like having photos that are still my style in terms of how the dancers look towards the camera, but having a little different light falling on them just to give the eye something different to see. I hope you enjoy these, and will come back for more events that are on the schedule soon!
Thanks for the organizers from the New Jersey State Open for an amazing weekend! We just came back from the Bally’s Atlantic City where the dancesport competition was held last Friday and Saturday. Congratulations for the dancers that performed so well on the floor, and also the organiers, judges, and officials that ran a very smooth and efficient event! Most heats were run early, and the heats were very full over the two days. The Traymore ballroom was beautiful for photos, and I am going through them now for processing, and will have them uploaded to the proofing site by the end of the week. To add you name to the email list, you can leave your address at the event here:
In other website news, I am extending the early-bird sale on the 2014 DC Dance Challenge until next Monday, November 3, 2014. I have received some requests, and I am really busy trying to get the photos from last weekend out, so it will work for both sides! The sale is for 15% off any purchases which includes prints, canvases, albums, or digital downloads. Thanks to everyone that has already visited the site and placed orders – we appreciate your support! There are still images from that event that I want to feature on the blog, so stay tuned if you have not yet been to the site to see them.
Since we are coming to the end of the year, we are gearing up for more holiday family photos, and event photos. I still have some spots available, so contact me if you need refreshed headshot photos, or photos for holiday mailing. I know this is something I have to do myself, so plan to have them done soon – the end of the year will be here before you know it!