Gallery Additions – National Cathedral

8 12 2010

I took advantage of a day off today and spent a little bit of time exploring the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. The photos were added to my gallery that has photos of the National Cathedral and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (also in Washington, DC). The new photos make up the majority of “page 2” in the gallery. My photos from today focused on the stained glass windows in the cathedral and a few HDR shots of the building. A few examples are available below. Clicking on them will take you to the full gallery.

An HDR image of St. Joseph of Arimathea Chapel in the National Cathedral.

A statue of Abraham Lincoln with a quote.

An HDR view of the interior of the National Cathedral.

An abstract view of a stained glass window.

 

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Photography Tip – Look Up

28 02 2010

In my previous post, I shared a photo of the dome ceiling at the University of Virginia’s Rotunda. That got me to thinking about another similar shot. Apparently I enjoy taking photos of domes. The photo below was taken in the Chapel on the campus of the U.S. Naval Academy. This led me to recall a photography tip that I read about a few years ago.

A lot of things happen over our heads. Some things are man made and others are natural. The ceiling in my living room has a ceiling fan and a textured finish. A textured finish isn’t put on a ceiling for anything more than being pleasant to the eye. In more complex buildings ceilings include domes, arches, lines, and curves. All of these are things often appealing to the eye. In nature trees grow over us and clouds float by. For some people jokes exist in a realm above the head. And if you don’t get what that means, I’m talking about you. Regardless of where you are, many opportunity for good photographs exist above our heads.

All of that being said, it’s very easy to forget to look up. Most of the things we look at do not require much tilt of the head and neck. Whether you’re clicking photos with an iPhone, a point-and-shoot camera, or something more complex look up and see what your options are. Give your neck some exercise!





Raising the Bar in Jefferson’s Rotunda

27 02 2010

Thomas Jefferson designed the early phases of the University of Virginia to place the student body in close proximity to the library and members of the academic community. At the center of Jefferson’s Academical Village is the Rotunda. The building is a symbol of the University of Virgina and is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The building is best known for its dome and columns; it was based on the Pantheon in Rome.

I gave myself a quick tour of the Rotunda and enjoyed the history and architecture of the building. It was an enjoyable building to tour because there we not many people around. The lack of people made it easy to get some good photographs of the building’s interior. The photos below are among my favorite from the past weekend and of the year so far.

These stairs lead up to the dome room. I really like the symmetry, lines, and curves of this shot.

I like how this image shows the shape of the room and the unique architecture of the columns. Again, solid symmetry.

I was able to use a wide angle lens to capture the seating arrangement of the Dome Room with the Skylight in the dome ceiling. The sun was also shining through to add some pattern to the shot.

This shot was taken looking at the skylight in the dome. The sun was shining through onto the dome creating a unique pattern. The image reminds me of a jellyfish.

My sister commented on a previous post and said that I was raising the bar. While I appreciate compliments that people share, I am often critical of my own work. But this is one case where I would agree by saying that these photographs are among my better shots. I guess I am raising the bar.





Best of 2009 – Part 2

11 01 2010
Part 2 of 3 of my best shots in 2009…

The Seattle skyline taken from a ferry.

A tugboat on Puget Sound in Seattle with the Olympic Mountains in the background.

An abstract shot taken at home.

A sentinel guarding the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.

 





How abstract is too abstract?

22 10 2009

I was tooling around with my camera a while back and created a shot that I find interesting.

Abstract

I’m developing an interest in abstract shots.  Sometimes it’s a known subject from an abstract angle.  Others it’s random items from a strange perspective. And sometimes it’s an unidentifiable item from a ridiculous perspective.

Can you tell what it is?





Stories of a Block Wall

17 10 2009

I took some time away from photography. Not fully by choice. Partially due to being busy and partially due to a lack of ideas. Last weekend I was finally able to get out and generate some new ideas. I was sitting at the Washington Monument when I realized that the wall told a lot of interesting stories.

Reading The lighting of the monument created an interesting contrast between the people nearby and the wall itself. As I sat and watched people interact with the monument, I began to realize that their behaviors or implied behaviors challenged the mind. I took a variety of photos of people sitting, standing, and observing the monument. The shots turned into what I found to be an enjoyable short gallery.

Please feel free to visit “Stories of a Block Wall” or my general Washington, DC galleries.





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.