12 Signficant Photographs

12 02 2009

“Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.” ~Ansel Adams~

Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC

Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC

Ansel Adams’ quote about 12 significant photographs focused on the time frame of a year. For the purpose of blogging and sharing some of my favorite work, I’m going to begin a countdown of my 12 significant photographs. These 12 photographs will be a ranking of my favorites over my time in photography. I’ll start a countdown from #12 and see where it goes.

I have used this quote to shape how I display my favorite photographs. I select 12 photos from each year. You can feel free to visit that work here.

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What’s Unique About This Photo??

10 02 2009

One of my favorite shots is a close up capture of an American flag blowing in the breeze. Can you spot anything unique?

A United States flag blowing in the breeze

A United States flag blowing in the breeze.





A Hero vs. Not a Hero

9 02 2009

The Civil War was a trying time in the history of the United States. One of its key figures, Robert E. Lee, is one that draws many opinions. Some consider him a hero for the leadership he showed to his cause. Others cannot find someone supporting his side of the war worthy of such praise. One thing that cannot be argued is Lee is a large figure in the history of America.

A sticker on the back of a sign at the Arlington National Cemetery Metro station.

A sticker on the back of a sign at the Arlington National Cemetery Metro station.

Robert E. Lee is a figure that I have always enjoyed reading about. Yesterday I was at Arlington National Cemetery which is home to Arlington House. Lee and his family lived at this house for nearly 30 years. Due to the above mentioned debate, Lee’s figure is not glorified at Arlington. It is tastefully discussed, honored, and shared. As I was leaving the cemetery, I came across a sticker that was posted on the back of a sign at the Metro station. I found it a perfect contrast to history as it is presented at Arlington National Cemetery. Inside the gates the property is pristine (as it should be) and there is little room for political opinion. Outside of the gates, the “normal” world exists where people post things wherever they want.

Please feel free to view more photos from my trip to Arlington National Cemetery.





New Photo Gallery: Arlington National Cemetery

8 02 2009
Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA

Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA

I took advantage of the warm winter weather today and spent a few hours at Arlington National Cemetery. I have been there two previous times, but not with the intent of taking photos. My first trip was on a hot humid summer day, which was probably a poor decision, but not fully regrettable. The other time to Arlington was for a interment of a family member. Finally I took the time to go back with the intent on getting some good photographs.

Looking through a doorway into the amphitheater hallway at Arlington National Cemetery

Looking through a doorway into the amphitheater hallway at Arlington National Cemetery

The sky was blue and big white clouds kept sailing by. I utilized this in a few shots, but I feel that this location really works better in black and white.  My journey today mainly took me to the common “touristy” spots, but that’s good because it lends to photographs that people may recognize.

As someone with an interest in the Civil War, I found the Confederate plot very interesting. The stones are similar to other stones in the cemetery. They list the name, rank, and state of the soldier. The monument at the center of the plot honors these soldiers, not for the cause, but for their “obedience to duty, as they understood it.”

There’s still much more to explore. I’m looking forward to more visits to ANC to  build upon this small gallery. You can see all the gallery by clicking here.





Curt Schilling had a bloody sock…

5 02 2009

…but this post has nothing to do with it.

Living in the DC/Baltimore area provides the opportunity to see many good teams come to town and enjoy some nice stadiums. As a lifelong Yankees fan, it pains me that one of my favorite baseball photographs is one that I created from the rival Red Sox.

I was at Camden Yards in early 2007 and had the opportunity to click some zoomed shots of Curt Schilling. On a few pitches, I held the shutter release and allowed the camera to take multiple images. In my only real venture into digital editing, I was able to create this shot. Collecting baseball cards when I was younger inspired me to try this shot; thanks Upper Deck!

A compiled image of Curt Schilling pitching at Camden Yards

A compiled image of Curt Schilling pitching at Camden Yards





It’s Growing on Me

4 02 2009
Sprague Lake is located in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado

Sprague Lake is located in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado

The more I look at this shot, the more I like it. Rocky Mountain National Park, located just north of Denver, is a great place to visit.





Huge DC Snow Storm

3 02 2009

Washington, DC was supposed to be get hit by a snow storm today, but it missed. Again. Boring…I guess I’d rather be here:

The pier at our hotel during a Feb. 2008 vacation in St. Lucia

The pier at our hotel during a Feb. 2008 vacation in St. Lucia