12 Significant Photos: #4 – Dawn at the Capitol

21 10 2009

The day after Christmas in Washington, DC was both cold and quiet. I took my wife to work early in the morning so that we could get on the road out of town after her shift. Her shift started before sunrise, so I was able to get to the Capitol before it was light.

There were not many people around. Just a men’s group out for a morning walk. I decided that I would take some shots of the Capitol from front (west front, sun behind) and center.

The reflecting pool in front was partially frozen, creating a unique reflection that ranged from mirrored to blurred. The sun rose behind the Capitol Building and lit up the sky and the reflection. The resulting shot is one of my favorites that might be out of place as #4 in my list.

The U.S. Capitol, located in Washington, DC, at sunrise in December 2008.

The U.S. Capitol, located in Washington, DC, at sunrise in December 2008.

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12 Significant Photos: #5 – Motif #1

17 10 2009

Rockport, MA is a small town on the Atlantic coast. The town is a popular tourist attraction and has a fishing theme. One of the icons in the town is a popular fishing shack (restored) that is called Motif #1. This shack has been the subject of many artists’ work. During my visit to Rockport, I was able to take a handful of shots of this area. The shot below is one of my favorites and in my opinion works very well in black and white.

Motif #1 is a famous fishing cabin in Rockport, MA.

Motif #1 is a popular fishing cabin in Rockport, MA.





12 Significant Photographs: #6

2 04 2009

This photograph is one that I really enjoy. I already blogged about it a little a while back.

The sun glares off of the windows at Portland Head Lighthouse in Maine.

The sun glares off of the windows at Portland Head Lighthouse in Maine.

I was far from the only photographer at the lighthouse on the morning I visited. I arrived just as the sun came up and captured some great shots with warmer colors. This one stands out for me though because of the strong morning sun reflecting off of the glass of the light tower. I also like the depth of the image helped by the 2nd lighthouse in the distance.

Additional photos from this trip can be seen here.





12 Significant Photos: #7

25 02 2009

Flowers provide the opportunity to look at one of nature’s great creations. There is a wide variety, which provide a photographer with a range of artistic possibilities. I enjoy the macro perspective of flowers because of the abstract images that can be created.

A lily that grew in my back yard.

A lily that grew in my back yard.

Feel free to check out other flower images.





12 Signifigant Photos: #8

22 02 2009

Living in Maryland has many benefits. A short drive can land me in any of three cities (Washington DC, Baltimore, and Annapolis), in rural areas, or on the water. Utilizing water has been helpful in my photography. The reflecting light really adds to images. This past summer I was able to enjoy a sunset from Sandy Point State Park. The water did its job and reflected the reds, yellows, and oranges of a summer sunset.

A sunset captured at Sandy Point State Park (MD).

A sunset captured at Sandy Point State Park (MD).

Please feel free to check out more photographs from Maryland.





12 Significant Photos: #9

20 02 2009

In 2006 I had the opportunity to visit Hawaii for my honeymoon. While in Maui, my wife and I took advantage of a day-trip and drove the Road to Hana. This road winds for more than 60 miles along the coast and is full of switchbacks and hairpin turns. While the drive is a challenge, the views are spectacular.

A view from the Hana Highway in Hawaii.

A view from the Hana Highway in Hawaii.





12 Significant Photos: #10

19 02 2009

My interest in macro photography comes and goes. Objects such as staplers, calculators, candy, or jewelry do not appeal to me as a subject for photography. That being said, I find it interesting to look at things in nature from a macro perspective. There are a wide range of patterns.

If you’ve already looked at the photo in this post, you’ll probably wondering where I’m headed with my thoughts. One night I was planning on where I would be going to take some photos. I decided to play around with my macro lens and pulled out a baseball that was on the shelf. I turned on the desk lamp and took a few quick shots. This led me to quickly realize that I liked the effect of my lamp on the baseball. It created a nostalgic looking image of the baseball. I was able to find a composition that I preferred and end up with a photograph that I really enjoy.

It really is just a baseball lit with a desk lamp.

It really is just a baseball lit with a desk lamp.

My only other “real” adventure into macro is shooting flowers.