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So excited it’s Friday! YES!  This weekend is going to be so fun. I get to spend it with some of my best girlfriends and then Andrew and I will be going to New York. We’ll be gone for most of the week next week and it seriously couldn’t have come at a better time. Time to refresh and enjoy the views 🙂 If you have any photo recommendations, let me know. I’d love to get on to some rooftops while we’re there.

But speaking of views, I love this one. I photograph DC a lot. Sometimes it can be difficult to come up with new and original compositions. Either other people have done it before or I have. The key for me is to walk in different directions, in different environments, and go frequently. This is probably something I’ve captured before during cherry blossom season or something like that, but on this particular morning it was foggy. Taken just 20 minutes after this image, you can really see how drastically the sky changes. But with the fog and the green leaves on the trees, it looked completely different to me. It was very muted and so quite. I love that branch that looks like it’s slicing the Jefferson Memorial and it’s reflection in half. It’s probably my favorite part. At first I was unsure about the puddle on the sidewalk, if it was really necessary or if I even liked it. But the more I look at it, the more I felt like it tells the complete picture. It tells the whole story of what it was like being there. The entire morning I was dodging giant puddles like this all around the tidal basin.

My camera settings for this image was F/6.3 at 1/6th of a second and ISO 200 handheld.

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The first morning we were in St Thomas I woke up early to catch the sunrise. It wasn’t the best sunrise I had ever seen but its just so calming to listen to the ocean waves while taking pictures. The original plan was to wake up Sue so she could come out and watch the sunrise with me. That was not happening. So Sue, this was your birthday sunrise! I hope you like it 🙂

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I couldn’t help it. I had to post this image from last week’s ah-mazing sunrise after the storm. It kind of reminds of the Lion King with the colors and birds meets San Andreas with all the flooding on the right hand side of the image, except wayyy less dramatic.

PS. Today is my half birthday. Am I the only nerd who likes to celebrate their half birthdays? I feel like I get a pass since it only comes around every four years. CUPCAKES for everyone!

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I think I say this every Friday but just for consistency I’m going to say it again. YAY! So excited for the weekend. I don’t have much going on but it’s just a great time to catch up on the things that I didn’t get a chance to do during the week.

Here are 3 things I was grateful for this week…

1. My super awesome graphic designer, Anelise. She rocks.
2. My super awesome cohorts in the Arcanum. Seriously makes my day to socialize with such amazing photographers everyday.
3. A new public speaking opportunity in February. More about that soon…