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As you may know, I’ve been on the hunt for fall colors in the city and the US Capitol never disappoints. However sunrises can sometimes be disappointing. The night before, as I was getting ready for bed, I checked my weather apps. All signs pointed to a colorful sunrise but when I got up in the morning I knew it wasn’t going to happen. Usually when you get a colorful sunrise, you have to have clouds and there was not a cloud in the sky. So since I was up, I decided to make my way down to the Capitol anyway. I was a little discouraged because I had my hopes up and I really think that played a part of how my images turned out while I was on the east side of the Capitol. I didn’t really come out with anything that I really liked. I even stopped by Lower Senate Park but it was all closed for construction. As I was leaving, I felt like it must have been one of those days where I wasn’t going to get much. It’s ok because those days happen more often than I’d like to admit but then something magical happened.

I was on my way home and I just saw this gold glow coming from the street right ahead of me. It just happened to be this amazingly beautiful tree covered in yellow leaves and I had to pull over. Don’t tell anyone but the only spot available was for government officials only, but I was only going to be there for a second 😉 So glad I did because I love the way this turned out. Images like this is what makes me super excited for the seasonal change. So in the end, it all worked out. I really believe that if you come out with even one good image that the photo session is totally worth it.

My camera settings for this image is F6.3 at 1/1250sec and ISO 500 with my Sony A7II and 16-35mm wide angle lens.

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I was still on a photo high after the IGDC Anacostia Photowalk. The weather was beautiful, the leaves were colorful, and I did not want to stay home. So before we went out to eat pizza, I asked Andrew if he wanted to go out to take pictures. What I mean by us going out to take pictures is me taking pictures and he just follow me around while he’s looking at his phone. Thankfully, he’s a great husband and agreed to go.

I figured the National Cathedral would be a fun place to go. I love the architecture and wanted to see if the trees around the area were colorful. They were, but what caught my attention was the beautiful warm light of the sun setting on the building. I was on the side, minding my own business and finding cool lines when I saw this couple and photographer walking around too. I think they were taking engagement pictures or something but for some reason the photographer had them going inside the arches, into the dark shadows instead of photographing them in the warm sunlight. It was so odd.

I’m glad I was able to capture this one. This is one half of the couple but I love how her outfit matches perfectly with her surroundings. The shadow that’s casted on the building is of the photographer. I thought the two figures were pretty interesting so I snapped a few images and kept it moving. Photographing the National Cathedral at sunset satisfied my photo itch and the pizza was so good. Overall, a great day in the city 🙂

My camera settings for this image is F6.3 at 1/320th sec at ISO 400 with my Sony A7II and 70-200mm ultra zoom lens handheld.

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Last week I just happened to run into my friend, Albert. He casually mentioned how he had the day off of work so I asked him if he wanted to join me on a little photowalk in Anacostia. I was preparing for our IGDC photo walk over the weekend so I thought it would be fun to do together. The little photowalk ended up being a photo adventure and the last stop was at the Francis A Gregory Library. I have heard about this library before but honestly, being there in person is nothing like the photos. It is breathtaking. The whole front facade is made up of diamond shaped reflective pieces. So the front of the building looks like a mirror with windows in between the diamond shapes and the interior of the building is wood paneling.

Albert and I spent some time taking pictures in the front and the interior of the building. All of that was so fun. But when we were leaving, I asked him if we could take more pictures of the reflections. He agreed but somehow we ended up walking around the side of the building and then eventually to the back. Both of our mouths dropped in amazement when we saw A WHOLE WALL OF REFLECTION and the best part about it was that there were fall colors on the trees so I feel like it made it even more special. It’s like a double whammy of color right in your face. It was so hard for me to contain my excitement. I’m pretty sure both of us said “Wow” at least 20 times. I immediately asked Albert to stand in the center and pose a little bit. If you ever need someone to give you some fierce posing, talk to my friend, Albert.

The settings for this image is F4.0 at 1/125th sec and ISO 500 with my Sony A7II and 16-35mm wide angle lens.

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I need to start marking my calendars better because I feel like I’m always missing the moon phases. Last week there was an amazingly beautiful full moon rise and I found all about it on social media. It’s all good though because I would not have been able to capture it on the best day to see it but I still would have like to know. Lol.

My invitation must have gotten lost in the mail or something. So I went out the next morning way before sunrise to photograph the full moon setting and it was still so beautiful.

In my head I wanted to capture the moon in the corner of the Lincoln Memorial so I started off by the WWII Memorial. I figured the opposite end of the reflecting pool may be a good place to start and probably where I’d stand the entire time. After about 10 minutes I got bored so I started walking along the edge of the pool to see what if there was anything more to offer. The more I walked the more I realized all the compositions I was missing by just standing at the reflecting pool edge. I’ve learned my lesson though. Next time I want to photograph the moonset, I need to start at the Lincoln Memorial and move backwards.

This image was taken when I finally arrived at the Lincoln Memorial. As you can see, I was so close to it that it almost looks like the moon is almost ready to dip below the horizon. Had I started here earlier, then it would have probably been a little more interesting and something more of what I had in mind. Regardless, I still like it 🙂

My camera settings for this image is F6.3 at 1/500th sec at ISO 320 with my Sony A7II and 70-200mm ultra zoom lens.

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I’ll be honest, since being back from Norway I haven’t gone out to shoot that much. I’ve woken up for a few sunrises here and there but nothing too serious. So last week I was getting that itch to go out shooting again.

I met up with my friend, Birch and we headed to the Memorial Amphitheater in Arlington National Cemetery. It’s been on my to do list for a while now and I’m so glad we made it out there. It was a beautiful, sunny day after days and days of rain. It felt so great to just be outside and enjoy the crisp autumn air.

When we had made the plans, I immediately had a vision of what I wanted one of my shots to look like. Although this one isn’t it, I love the way that it turned out. These two were just sitting there. They weren’t really talking, they just looked like they needed a little break from walking around. So they were the perfect focal point to break up the repetition of the seating area and the columns behind them.

If ever plan on visiting the amphitheater in real life, I think you would be immediately impressed with the grandness of everything. I love the beautiful lines and the light that reflects off of the white marble. Everything just seems so bright! I definietly want to come back when the leaves start changing in the Washington DC area and photograph this place again. The Arlington National Cemetery is a beautiful place to capture the leaves changing.

My camera settings for this image is F7.1 at 1/2000th sec and ISO 320 with my Sony A7II and my 70-200mm zoom lens. I think next time I come back to this spot, I may shoot more with my wide angle 🙂

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Just going through some older images of the US Capitol building, I ran across this one. Most of the time when I look at these images, I remember EXACTLY when I captured them, what I was feeling, etc. But for some reason, I don’t remember with this one. Did I even capture this images? LOL of course but I’m not sure what happened. Maybe I was just busy that day or something and didn’t have time to go through them all and eventually I just forgot about them? OR maybe I’ve just been to the US Capitol so much that all my memories are starting to mush together into one? I know it had to have been a sunrise. Either way, I’m glad found this image.

This is actually the original.

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I really like the way that it came out but as I was waiting for my computer to save the image, I thought about what it would look like with a vertical crop. I tested it out. Which do you like better?

Either way, I love the two bright colors right next to each other. It’s so unexpected but very interesting to me. And the most unexpected part about the image is being able to see the inside of the dome! Look in the windows. You can see a little bit of the interior. So COOL!

PS. I’m still trying to get a tour of the interior of the US Capitol dome. Those shots would be AH-Mazing. I think I’ve written to my representative at least 3 times and still no answer. If anyone knows how I can get in, let me know the time and place and I’ll be there.

My camera settings for this image is F4 at 1/50 sec and ISO 500 with my Sony A7II and 70-200mm zoom lens.