The three spires of the U.S. Air Force Memorial.
The three spires of the U.S. Air Force Memorial.
A perfect morning to capture a sunrise over the Potomac River. The wind was practically non-existent so the water was very still, making for an unbelievable reflection. The clouds in the air were refracting the sunlight just right and creating so many diverse colors. The only thing that could've been better was if I had a wide angle lens, as there was also nice sand with driftwood on it that would've acted as a great foreground element for the photo. This was shot with my Tamron 24-70mm 2.8, which is an amazing lens, but not quite wide enough to get the better shot. #aovtamron @tamronusa @artofvisuals
Twice I've been to Oregon during the early part of fall, and twice I ended up somewhere in the state that had just gotten hit by a blizzard. This was in central Oregon near the town of Sisters. This photo doesn't really do it justice, partly because of the gigantic road, but the area looked like pure desolation. Underneath that thick coat of snow was volcanic rocks, all with dress trees scattered here and there. You could've described it as he'll frozen over. That said, there was definitely still an undeniable feeling of grandeur and awe as I drove through the area.
My photo "Gloomy Night" was just selected as one of the winning photos of the 11th Annual Exposed DC Contest. It will be exhibited as part of Exposed DC's Photography Show, starting on March 9th. Visit @exposed_dc for details!
This is a photo from a series I exhibited in Dumbo, Brooklyn back in late 2015, which also included the photo in my previous post. Shot in an old plantation manor that's been abandoned since the 90's, it's still one of the coolest settings I've shot in. The manor recently was bought by a couple in mid-2016 and are currently working in renovating the place. Prior to its abandonment, it was often used as a social/wedding venue. it'll be interesting to see what it'll look like once the renovations are complete. Model: @queserasahra
A second photo of mine, "Despair" will also be on exhibit during ArtSpace Herndon's annual Fine Art Photograph Exhibition. Exhibit opens February 15th, with a reception on the 25th. Model: @queserasahra
My photo "Among the Madding Crowd" will be on exhibit at ArtSpace Herndon starting next month in its annual Fine Art Photography Exhibition.
The other genres of photography that's always captivated me was storm photography. There's a duality to these photos in that you're taking a subject that inherently dangerous and tense and presenting it in a beautiful manner. a lot of the photos in this genre that really inspire me are taken by professional storm chasers, and I have no delusions as to ever getting to that level of commitment, but even taking simple shots of a lightning storm such as this one over DC can accomplish the same goal of turning fear into awe.
There are two genres of photography that I'm most interested in, and ironically, I've yet to do either one. This is my attempt at one of them, surf photography. Of course, there's only so much you can do from a fishing pier versus being in the water. There's quite a bit of a hardware barrier to entry in terms of having to get underwater housings for your camera and such. There's also just a physical barrier to entry given that you have to learn how to safely navigate getting pounded by waves on a continuous basis and being at least an above average swimmer. Some day...
Hidden underneath the busy streets near Columbia Heights is this jewel of DC history. Used to filter the city's water for most of the 20th century, it's been decommissioned for about three decades now, and has remained off limits to the public since World War II. Recent developments have called for at least parts of the historical site to be demolished, some of which had been underway, so I wanted to go and take some photos of the place in case it all gets removed.
Another view of the Palouse region, earlier in the day and further from sunset. I think this is one of the few situations where having sun, and the shadows it creates, actually accentuates the photo. the shadows really highlight the individual hills and gives the image it's depth. Once the sun went down, that depth and dimension kind of went with it, and while the landscape itself was still nice to look at, it wasn't the same.
This is a simple scene I took in the Palouse that reminds me of the old Windows wallpaper. It was one of the few fields that had been re-planted after the fall harvest and had already started growing new crops. What caught my eye were the curves from the tilling done by the farmer. Now, I'm no agricultural expert, but I can't think of any practical reason to till your land in such a way. I think somewhere out there in rural Washington, there's a farmer whose an artist at heart.
I only spent a day in the Palouse, and consequently, only really saw about a fifth of the region. I found what worked for me was exploring every nook and cranny of the place, focusing more on the details of the region, instead of sticking with the main roads. This often meant driving into unpaved areas such as this one. Much of the Palouse is actually private property, but it's general understood that the locals are okay with people using their private farm roads such as this one, provided you show respect for their property and don't drive or walk on the actual farmland. In this case, the tilled land on both sides of this dirt road.
This is a shot I took of the magic of the Palouse region. This is well after the harvest, so the lush greens that's usually associated with this region is gone. Some of the fields had been sowed already for the next crops, but most fields were either in the process of being tilled or awaiting to be tilled. This resulted in a very warm color palette and as can be seen in this photo, some very interesting and distinct lines. This was shot with the relatively new Tamron 85mm 1.8 lens, which is a brilliant portrait lens, but not what I usually use for landscapes. However, that just shows how expansive this area is if this photo came out of a medium telephoto lens.
Last one for now 😃. This is from Fairy Falls, which is another great cascading waterfall in Oregon. Unfortunately, due to the rainfall, the volume of water flowing through the river and down Fairy Falls was enough to make it lose a lot of its cascades. Instead of the water gently falling down, parts off it kind of just "jumped" off. #aovtamron