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New Deal Redux

by on Mar.09, 2009, under Places, Sunsets, Vistas, Washington DC

Sunset Walk

I snapped this photo on an exceptionally warm day for early March. Temperatures in Washington DC climbed into the high 70s and hints of the coming summer humidity permeated the balmy swamp that is our Nation’s capital. Scott Zaleski, who was visiting from Chicago, and I had been wandering around the FDR memorial. I eventually ended up on the bank of the Tidal Basin. The setting sun cast a warm light on the Washington and Jefferson memorials. When I looked west towards the Potomac, I noticed that passersby were pleasantly silhouetted against the golden sky. I creeped out, zoomed my lens to 200mm and grabbed a few shots of people as they walked (or biked) by the sunset. (continue reading…)

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PWRFL Power at Velvet Lounge

by on Dec.30, 2008, under Music, Washington DC

PWRFL POWERKaz of PWRFL Power at The Velvet Lounge.
Washington DC.
December 9, 2008.

This is not Half Yogurt. This is PWRFL Power. The last time I saw Kazutaka Nomura, he was his other alter ego, Half Yogurt. From what I can tell, Half Yogurt is Kaz’s solo electric guitar performance vehicle. Add vocals to that and you get PWRFL Power. Of course, you can read his blog at There he boldly pronounces that PWRFL POWER is HALF YOGURT. Whatever you call him, or he calls himself, it’s the same brand of inventive guitar finger-picking and quirky lyrics. (continue reading…)

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Biking the District

by on Dec.14, 2008, under Night Photography, Washington DC

Georgetown. Washington, DC. EXIF.
This photo was featured in the DCist.

Last Saturday I hauled out the Marin, packed up my camera gear, and cruised the streets of Washington DC. I was excited to use my new Lowepro CompuTrekker photo backpack, and I stupidly packed it full of everything I could.

Nikon D300, Nikon 18-200mm VR lens, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 lens, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens. Nikon SB-600 flash. Check.

MacBook Pro and Bose headphones. Check.

Manfrotto tripod and ball head. Check.

All kinds of other random photog accessories. Check.

I think I used less gear when I climbed Mount Rainier in 2001. Oh well. (continue reading…)

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Black Cat Saturday

by on Nov.29, 2008, under Music, Washington DC

These United States w/hipster grlThese United States perform at The Black Cat in Washington DC.
November 22, 2008.

Nikon D300. Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens. EXIF.

Thanks to The DCist and Black Plastic Bag, two possibilities were ahead of me on Saturday night. Even though I have only lived in DC for a little more than a week, I’ve already found several blogs to monitor. While neither inspires a “Sharat+Brooklyn Vegan” type relationship (my heart still belongs to Line Out), both provide timely information about hip happenings around The District. Shows were going down at The Black Cat and The Red & the Black. Since I saw Starfucker last month at the latter, I chose to attend the former.
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by on Oct.29, 2008, under Music, Washington DC

Starfucker in DCStarfucker live at The Red & The Black. Washington DC.
October 17, 2008.

Several weeks ago I was in Washington DC on a house hunting trip. Coincidentally, Portland electro-pop-rockers, Starfucker, were also in town. Starfucker, one of the best band names ever, is touring the country right now in support of their self-titled debut record, Starfucker. Fortunately for everyone, Starfucker’s music is just as (if not more) fun than saying the name of their band (Starfucker).
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Washington to Washington

by on Oct.19, 2008, under Night Photography, Places, Washington DC

The United States CapitolThe United States Capitol from The George Washington Monument.
October 17, 2008. 8:13 PM.
Nikon D300. Nikon 18-200mm VR lens @ 90mm.
Aperture Priority. 30 seconds @ f/22. ISO 200. -1/3 EV.

Next month I am moving to Washington DC. For the past few days I have been visiting “The District” to make preparations for the move. Last night I wandered around the city with my camera. While I expect to find all kinds of new things to photograph over the coming months, here are a few DC classics.

I setup the above photo at the George Washington Monument. I used a little Joby tripod (from Cambodia fame) and set the camera on one of the giant stone benches surrounding the monument. After selecting aperture priority, I dialed in f/22 to get plenty depth-of-field and ensure a long exposure. ISO was to 200 and I turned down the exposure compensation by 1/3 of a stop. Since I did not have my cable shutter release, I used the timer release on the D300. The camera chose to leave the shutter open for 30 seconds which captured the movement of the flags blowing in the wind.

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