Photowalks, books and photographers oh my!

Over the past couple of weeks I have continued my personal goal that I gave myself back in March which was to continue to step outside of my comfort zone.  My good friend Angela Pan announced that she would be releasing a book, Snap DC is for anyone who wants to take great photos of DC but doesn't have the time to research where to shoot, when's the best time to go, or how to take them.  As part of her launch she partnered with the good folks that run #IGDC to have a photo-walk starting at the Jefferson Memorial.  The water was high and a little rain but the turn out was great and just so happened to be prom so tons of really dressed up kiddos before they went to prom all around.  Congrats on the launch Angela!

Slide forward a few more weeks and I think you see a theme here but I joined another Photo-walk with Angela that she again was leading with the Focus on the Story International photo festival but this time starting at the Lincoln Memorial.  Another great turn out and some more fun was had. 

The thing that I have really enjoyed about this is of course seeing success for an amazing person but just how much the photo community around DC rallies around one another and is extremely supportive.  I have got to meet some great people on these walks and even help in a few ways with some folks that have technical questions around the Sony Alpha cameras as I have dove pretty deep into the entire line. 

I am looking forward to more outings in the upcoming months and adding a few little challenges for myself as well, mainly because it helps push me to actually accomplish something.

  • Visit 1 new photo location per month - Still need to accomplish this for June, better up my game! 
  • Start the work on my 30sec Monument time-lapse idea - 30 second time-lapse for each of the monuments, the goal will be at different times of day so I can show the variety but it will be a work in progress.
  • Post one blog a week starting from July 1st. 

Now the more important stuff, the photos!

 Angela doing her thing and kicking off the Jefferson photo-walk

Angela doing her thing and kicking off the Jefferson photo-walk

 My beautiful wife striking a pose for me under some dramatic skies

My beautiful wife striking a pose for me under some dramatic skies

 One of the best trees around the tidal basin, reflection isn't to shabby either.

One of the best trees around the tidal basin, reflection isn't to shabby either.

 Lincoln Memorial on the second photo-walk around 4:40am

Lincoln Memorial on the second photo-walk around 4:40am

 Amazing reflection, texture in the clouds, and nice pink early morning light.  Around 5:20am at the Lincoln Reflecting Pool

Amazing reflection, texture in the clouds, and nice pink early morning light.  Around 5:20am at the Lincoln Reflecting Pool

 A little bonus image that I took this week that I had planned but never had a chance to shoot it as typically I never find the Lincoln empty enough to get it.  This week I got the shot and I really like how it came out.

A little bonus image that I took this week that I had planned but never had a chance to shoot it as typically I never find the Lincoln empty enough to get it.  This week I got the shot and I really like how it came out.