Monday, April 29, 2013

Charleston - three diverse items

Charleston has detail where ever you look - here is an interesting nautical knocker

She's a cutie but does not have much to say...

Another obvious architectual detail is the use of iron work through out the city. They even use it to inlay wooden doors.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Charleston Street Scenes

This is an formal entry way by way of an alley off of a main street in Charleston.  Note there is a seperate residence in the back.

Windowbox flowers in Rainbox Row which is a block of highly painted houses which draws attention.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Charleston brick details

There is quite a bit of architecturual detail in Charleston as well as any other Colonial/Civil era town on the east coast.  Walk down an alley and many detail wait for you.  Here are two.


Brick detail - shutter and mortar

The Golden Hour - shining on tiny one inch ferns growing in the moss on a brick corner.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Cherry Blossoms at Washington and Jefferson

Early morning cherry blossoms frame the Washington Monument which is undergoin repair due to the 2011 eartherquake.

Pre-dawn if the Jefferson Memorial framed in cherry blossoms and it's reflection.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

'Artistic' Cherry Blossoms from Wahsington DC

Looking toward the sky - a nice big cherry tree, actually one of the biggest around the Tidal Basin.

An oil rendition of a favorite cherry tree on the Potomac River.

More of a strong bokeh effect that artistic but I like it.

Friday, April 12, 2013


Cherry blossoms from this morning at the Tidal Basin, Washington DC. Here is my story and I'm sticking to it. I got up at 4:00 the last two days and headed down to the Tidal Basin. Getting there it was obviously dark, quite dark. What do you do? I didn't bring any flash units, no flashlights to light paint, I used what was available to me. Over by the paddle boats they had two BIG generator powered flood light towers for the consession stands. What is next to the lights? Cherry blossoms. This is a single shot, NON hdr single processed photo. I will post another one. Lesson learned: use what is available to you.




Here is my second 'use what you have available' photo. I posted a landscape version last night. Again, got up at 4:00 and trudged into DC. Again, no flash units with me and it was very dark. In one regular location the TV crews like to hang out for the morning news. They have money and equipment - much more than I have. They have one of the brightest and smallest spot lights, it was generator powered. Every 15 minutes or so he would move the flood light and take more vidio. He lined up the Jefferson, these trees and his camera & flood light. I got in the middle and shot the Washington Monument with the trees he had lit up.

Several cherry trees hang over into the tidal basin. The curve in the basin offers a nice opportunity to catch more blossoms in a single shot.


These trees are hangin into the tadal basin which offer nice reflections in the water.


Another nice reflection shot.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Early morning cherry blossoms from the tidal pool, Washington DC

Pre-sunrise shot of the Washington Monument with scafolding to fix the 2011 earthquake damage.


Very old cherry tree with it's root system exposed.


Another view of the Washington Monument after the sun came up.