One thing I love about photowalks with groups of other photographers is that they get me out to explore places I haven't been to, or even thought about visiting. This image is from a recent outing to the National Arboretum in Washington DC with the Instagram group, WalkwithLocals. It was bright. It was hot. But it was fun. Especially shooting in infrared.
Continuing from last week's post about the National Cathedral, here's a departure from most images you see from that iconic location. As I was exploring some of the lower level hallways of the cathedral, I came across this beautifully lit and textured arch. Even with all of the ornateness surrounding me, I gravitated toward this very simple area. It's actually one of my favorite images from that trip.
I recently had the honor of joining Angela Pan and a small group of other photographers for early entry into the National Cathedral in Washington DC. We got to walk around most of the building before tourist hours started. On top of that, we got to see the early morning sun shine in through the stained glass windows and project multiple colors on the walls and columns of this east-side hallway. Such a great experience to have the place mostly to ourselves and watch the light change as the morning passed.
A little more architectural fun to continue from the last post...here's an infrared detail shot of the Lincoln Memorial. Since it's best to use an infrared camera in the middle of a sunny day, I obviously had to deal with the hundreds of tourists enjoying the monuments. No problem. I just had to be creative and figure out some unusual angles or focus on certain details. The interesting thing about the sky in this one is that it looks stormy and ominous, but it was really just light overcast.
It was a pretty nice, though cold, day in DC yesterday, so I headed over to the National Mall with my trusty infrared camera. Though it was an overcast sky (not too pleasing for infrared), there were some nice textures in the clouds. The Washington Monument was crowded, as usual, but that was okay. All I needed was to get close enough to shoot up and find some unusual angles. This one turned out to be one of my favorites - wacky angle, nice cloud texture, good contrast between the two sides.
During a recent trip to Arlington National Cemetery with some photographers from the Arcanum, I put the infrared camera to use. With infrared, the green grass looks white, so I wasn't sure how the tombstones would contrast with the grass. Luckily, they contrasted nicely and I got some nice lines leading to the trees in the background.