This year, I probably went out for cherry blossoms more than I had any previous year that I can remember. I woke up for a few sunrises, stayed for a few sunsets, and spent some time exploring during the day. As a landscape photographer, there is a fine line between capturing what is presented to […]
Last night, I went to the Memorial Bridge to capture the moonrise after sunset over the Washington D.C. monuments. I had a photography workshop to capture the same moon on Sunday, and had canceled because all forecasts pointed to heavy, consistent rain near sunset. Not even a drop fell, by my count! Anyways, I had […]
Lead a private workshop yesterday evening… an it wasn’t until very late that a sliver of sky cut through the clouds. I didn’t think it had much potential but I was duped — pink soon surrounded in the sky. The extreme water levels at Great Falls made this section look especially strong & violent. Awesome […]
Last week, our area was pounded by Winter Storm Jonas and its nearly 30″ of snow. It took a few days to dig out, and I was finally able to get to do some post storm shooting. I tried on the few days after the storm and found some of the parks I hoped to […]
Yesterday afternoon, I geared up in my warmest waterproof winter gear and spent 5 hours on the National Mall photographing the onset of the 2016 Blizzard nicknamed “Snowzilla”. Unless someone can offer me transport today, it looks like yesterday was my only opportunity to travel down to the city to capture the falling snow before […]
Here is my opinion of my best work of 2015! I whittled it down to 10 images — tougher than I expected but a good exercise in curation. This year, I didn’t get to travel much for photography but still was able to capture a decent variation of scenes. I hope to travel much more […]
I’m on a roll — going through images from my hard drive and finishing those I have never presented. Here’s a set of nature images, including one from the White Mountains of the Eastern Sierra. I tried processing this photo several times in the past and never liked the results. Finally, I have something worth […]
I have continued to search through my archives to present images I had not finished before. In this set, I present several shots that show how colorful the city can be. Using water, such as the Potomac River and the Tidal Basin, can help to exaggerate color through reflections where colorful light is mirrored below […]
Another shot from the vault, an amazing sunrise at the Tidal Basin and the Jefferson Memorial as seen from the Martin Luther King Memorial. I used a fast shutter speed here to catch the light in the ripples of the water.
Yesterday, I went out for the sunrise at the World War II Memorial in honor of the anniversary of Pearl Harbor. The World War II Memorial is one of my favorites in the city, though relatively hard to photograph. The key is to hone in on the most graphical elements of the scene, which for […]
Now that November has come, DC is seeing peak fall foliage envelope the city. Alongside the foliage was a really nice sunset last night at the Martin Luther King Memorial and Jefferson Memorial
I recently finished a large project where I supplied 5 large format fine art canvas prints to a law firm in Washington, D.C. The sizes ranged from 40″ x 60″ to 55″ x 83″! It was great to see so much of my work selected for this modern and chic looking downtown space.
A couple of weeks ago, I flew out to Colorado to tour the amazing landscapes there during early fall. In fact, we decided to take the trip for my moms birthday. To this point, all of my photography trips have been solo affairs where I am completely focused on shooting. That involves staying as close […]
We just came back from a one day trip in Blackwater Falls State Park and Canaan Valley in West Virginia! Though it was wet and foggy, it was really nice to see the sights in the park. I think too often, landscape photographers worry about “great” weather and colorful sunsets/sunrises. Weather like this challenges you […]
I had been planning to shoot the late evening, crescent moon for some time. Finally, conditions and situations aligned and I took myself down to DC to shoot the sunset and moonset at the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, and World War II Memorial. It was definitely one of the nicer evenings I can remember being […]
Last night was clear, but beautiful as a soft pink hugged the horizon below deep blues and the clear sky, If you haven’t been to the Air Force Memorial, you’re missing out on one of the nicest structures in the city
As a landscape photographer, often times I must plan and travel to capture a shot I want. Sometimes, it is a grueling process that involves skimping on sleep, hiking long distances (perhaps in the dark), carrying gear, and finding the way home. This process is essential to create many provocative photographs. But it’s not the […]
You know the spot. I know the spot. I’m lucky to be the official photographer for the Air Force Memorial, one of the most majestic memorials I know — in Washington, D.C. or elsewhere!
I recently finished a project to stock a prominent Washington, D.C. law firm with 5 large format canvas works! It was an awesome project and the designer did a wonderful job with the entire office (not just photography). Here’s a sample of one of the works, a 51″ x 82″ print of the U.S. Capitol. […]
Today, we witnessed an excellent sunset as some storms passed over Washington DC. It was a while since I have been out, and I definitely had fun catching up with all in the my workshop group. Hope to see some of you soon!
It’s been an eventful past several months with some pretty sweeping life changes. Some great, some bad, but such is life. While these events have taken my time and thoughts away from photography, lately I have come back around to re-evaluate my plans. I constantly ask myself questions to make sure that I am following […]
My father passed away 2 weeks ago today. While we knew his end was coming, it really did not do much to dull the pain. In the spirit of the future and my dad’s wishes, I have tried my best to think positively about the future. He was an accomplished man and always proud of […]
Last Sunday, I headed back to the MD side of Great Falls, otherwise known as the C&O Canal National Historic Park to shoot the sunset and the Great Blue Herons that populate the park during this time of year. This is my preferred location to shoot the herons over the VA side. If you want […]
This past Sunday, I led a workshop at Great Falls National Park to catch the sunset and the Great Blue Herons that frequent the park at this time of year. I could count at least 15 birds, all majestic and graceful in the way they spar with their rivals, soar, and hunt (successfully) in the […]
A little over a year ago, I shared some paintings that were created with inspiration from my images. It’s really quite humbling and amazing that people can somehow identify with what I shoot and represent it in their own renditions. Cut to this month, when another image of mine, “Girl with Dog” from Cusco, Peru […]
This past Sunday, I ran a workshop at C&O National Historic Park, otherwise known as Great Falls Park on the Maryland side (at least that’s how I refer to it). We initially were at the banks of the falls, looking towards the Great Blue Herons that have begun to gather there. Seeing the potential for […]
I just got back from shooting at the Air Force Memorial for the WWII Victory flyover. While a little bit removed from the action, it was still an amazing sight to see the old planes flying high above the skyline and the memorial and to chat with WWII vets themselves. I love shooting for the […]
After an extended period away from teaching due to the birth of our first child, I resumed photography workshops in Washington DC this past Sunday. I conducted the workshop at the Netherlands Carillion in Arlington, where in the spring time there is a grand showing of tulips facing the Washington DC Skyline, including the Lincoln […]
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Here’s a recent set of images I made from the Air Force Memorial. Not only is it marvellously grand in person, it is also a wonderfully photogenic structure. At wide angles, one can capture the great expanse to the sky and can create interesting shapes with the different angles of the Memorial’s dramatically curved spires. The sheen […]
I find myself always moving to a panoramic when I shoot at this side of the Tidal Basin (near the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and Martin Luther King Memorial). In contrast to my last image, this was slightly later in the morning just after the sun had risen. The brighter and more direct sunlight turned […]
Sunrise at the Tidal Basin offers many opportunities for a landscape photographer. For one, one encounters a very nice perspective when facing due east, where the sun and moon rise and color in the sky would appear on days when weather will allow it. Also, it provides a very nice view towards the Jefferson Memorial […]
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Just a quick plug that one of my favorite images from a sunrise at Great Falls National Park was selected and published on the cover of the 2016 National Park Calendar to be sold in National Park Service gift shops across the country! Keep a look out on your next trip to the parks!
NPS recently announced that the peak bloom for cherry blossoms in 2015 in Washington DC and the Cherry Blossom Festival is April 11-15 2015. You can read more on the National Cherry Blossom Festival or NPS website. The past few years have flipped between peaks in March and April. This picture is from March 2011, […]
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Nice to see my shots commissioned for the Air Force Memorial all over the 2015 Calendar and Brochure! I counted 10 of my images (including the cover) on the calendar, and all of the images on the brochure! Go check it out next time you’re visiting the Air Force Memorial — in my opinion the […]
Sleet and freezing rain, while treacherous, provide a beautiful ice coating to most subjects in the environment. Trees look especially beautiful after such precipitation. I remember being so fascinated by this in my youth – especially at watching the ice come off like molding off of branches and leaves. This sort of ice is hard to […]
Yesterday evening, the forecast called for a cold front and a snow squall to hit our area just around sunset. A perfect time for me to capture a burst of snow at Great Falls National Park! I scampered towards the rocks… a bit treacherous given that they were icy and snow covered. I also had […]
This morning I went down to the Vietnam Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and Washington Monument to check out the snow that had fallen overnight. At first the morning was gray, but soon after sunrise, the clouds began to break. The sun brought a bit of warmth to the scene that contrasted nicely with the blue sky. […]
This past Monday, on Martin Luther King Day, I set out for a quick trip to West Virginia to hike in the snow and capture some winter landscapes. In DC, we intermittently experience snow, but the further west and higher in elevation you go, the weather changes. On average, 160 inches of snow falls each […]