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!


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.


United States Naval Academy Chapel

9 01 2010

Last weekend, I explored Annapolis, MD on a cold windy day. I walked through the campus of the United States Naval Academy and visited the chapel. It is a beautiful building and it’s a very powerful experience to visit. There are times that pictures do a better job of speaking than we can so I’m going to let this post be one of those times.

U.S. Naval Academy Chapel

U.S. Naval Academy Chapel - Altar and Dome

U.S. Naval Academy Chapel Dome

U.S. Naval Academy Chapel

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.