Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sunday January 31st, 2010

Arlington, Virginia, USA

The setting sun sending long shadows, across the fallen snow, from the headstones in Arlington Cemetery. The muffling effect of the snow emphasising the reverential atmosphere of the National Cemetery where even the graves of the unknown are treated with respect.

f/4, 1/2000 sec, ISO-100, 18mm

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Saturday January 30th, 2010

Arlington, Virginia, USA

Blowing snow, trees black against the whiteness, snowflakes collecting on branches emphasising the contrasting tonal values.

f/20, 1/30, ISO-100, 25mm

Friday, January 29, 2010

Friday January 29th, 2010

Washington, D.C., USA

I seem to be drawn to stairwells. The curving lines of the stairs and banister rails and straight lines of the steps, shadows and window contrast strongly and emphasise each other.

f/5.6, 1/10 sec, 18mm

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Thursday January 28th, 2010

Washington, D.C., USA

Another space that normally would be passed by, but the atmospheric light on the columns and roof transformed it.

f/5.6, 1/50, ISO-1600, 18mm

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Wednesday January 27th, 2010

Washington, D.C., USA

Worn tiled stairs are lit by the sunlight that streams through the window, framed by the arched ceiling making the space somehow more significant.

F/5.6, 1/640, ISO-1600, 22mm

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Tuesday January 26th, 2010

Rosslyn, Virginia, USA

Sugar-sweet, creamy icing topped with tiny coloured balls and birthday candle on a vanilla cupcake.

f/5.6, 1/2500, ISO-1600, 53mm

Monday, January 25, 2010

Monday January 25th, 2010

Rosslyn, Virginia, USA.

In the evening, as the sun sets, windows catch reflections of the evening sky creating an abstract patchwork of colour.

f/8, 1/500, ISO-1600, 300mm

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sunday January 24th, 2010

Rosslyn, Virginia, USA.

Dark Star Park sculpture by Nancy Holt.

f/7.1, 1/4000, ISO-1600, 22mm

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Saturday January 23rd, 2010

Washington, D.C., USA

At the end of Memorial Bridge stands the Lincoln Memorial, its Greek Revival architecture reminiscent of Greek temples in ages past, with a portico supported by massive Doric pillars. The statue of Lincoln gazes out down the Reflecting Pool to the WWII Memorial and Washington Memorial with the dome of the Capitol visible on the horizon.

f/16, 1/2000, ISO-1600, 150mm

Friday, January 22, 2010

Friday January 22nd, 2010

Washington, D.C., USA

Union Station is a wonderful building with no end of architectural surprises. Along the front of the building are graceful arches on either side of the pillared main entrance.

f/9, 1/1250, ISO-1600, 37mm

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Thursday January 21st, 2010

Washington, D.C., USA

From tall to small, from round to flat with spiny needles against green flesh, adapted to endure the driest drought.

f/5.6, 1/800, ISO-1600, 55mm

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Wednesday January 20th, 2010

Washington, D.c., USA

Cascading water on ebony rocks, water drops sparkling in the sunlight.

f/29, 1/5, ISO-100, 55mm

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Tuesday January 19th, 2010

Netherlands Carillion, Arlington, Virginia, USA

The Netherlands Carillion stands tall and stark against the sky, bells tolling hourly, gifted by the people of the Netherlands.

f/71, 1/3200, ISO-1600, 105mm

Monday, January 18, 2010

Monday January 18th, 2010

Rosslyn, Virginia, USA

People standing waiting, watching, trains arriving, doors opening, people leaving, entering, doors closing, trains leaving.

f/35, 1/30, ISO-1600, 10mm

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Sunday January 17th, 2010

Arlington Memorial Bridge, Washington, D.C., USA

From the Washington side of the bridge there is a straight view to the Women's Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. And looking the other way you can see the elegant Doric columns of the Lincoln Memorial and the massive, gilded bronze statues that flank the Washington end of the bridge.

f/9, 1/1600, ISO-1600, 140mm

Saturday January 16th, 2010

Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C., USA

Inside tall columns and under the domed roof stands the statue of Thomas Jefferson staring out across the river tidal basin to the White House.

f/9, 1/4000, ISO-1600, 205mm

Friday, January 15, 2010

Friday January 15th, 2010

Georgetown, D.C., USA

The shadow fell almost down the centre line of the door, almost as if dividing the entrance from the exit.

f/10, 1/2500, ISO-1600, 49mm

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Thursday January 14th, 2010

Georgetown, D.C., USA

A good sign is one that is so explicit it needs no words to complete the explanation.

f/5.6, 1/1250, ISO-1600, 49mm

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Wednesday January 13th, 2010

Rosslyn, Virginia, USA

Little birds perching in the sunshine, feathers fluffed out against the sharp winter breeze.

f/8, 1/3200, ISO-1600, 300mm

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Tuesday January 12th, 2010

Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, USA.

As far as the eye can see, row on row, precisely placed, white headstones with names of the fallen. There is such peace here amongst the graves, peace only shattered by the occasional volley of rifle fire and lonely sound of a bugle drifting with the wind to marking the passing of another.

F/7.1, 1/3200, ISO-1600, 105mm

Monday, January 11, 2010

Monday January 11th, 2010

U.S. Marine Corps Memorial, Arlington, Virginia, USA.

Just outside Arlington National Cemetery stands the Marine Corps Memorial, with bronze figures 32ft tall. The statue was based on the photo taken at Iwo Jima of the raising of the US flag above the beaches by Marines. The names of every engagement in which the USMC has fought are engraved in the granite plinth on which the statue stands.

f/7.1, 1/1600, ISO-1600, 270mm

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Sunday January 10th, 2010

Georgetown, D.C., USA

Burst of colour on M Street, Georgetown. Surprisingly this is not the ground floor but the 2nd floor and it makes you wonder where this door was supposed to lead.

f/13, 1/2500, ISO-1600, 52mm

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Saturday January 9th, 2010

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, Georgetown, DC, USA.

We walked across the Key Bridge to Georgetown today crossing the Potomac and then the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal that runs parallel to the river. The sun was shining brightly belying the bitter cold wind that was blowing, freezing everything.

f/13, 1/2000, ISO-1600, 31mm

Friday, January 8, 2010

Friday January 8th, 2010

Potomac River from Key Bridge, between Rosslyn VA, and Georgetown, DC, USA

Icy wind blowing down the river, freezing all in it's path. The Potomac River was covered in ice with a blanket of snow, from the Virginia shoreline to Georgetown. Small breaks in the ice showed the grey water with little wind-created ripples that lapped at the ice edges.

f/11, 1/2500, ISO-1600, 18mm

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Thursday January 7th, 2010

Rosslyn, Virginia, USA

Reflections in glass windows, made into mosaics, abstracted shapes, warped distortions of reality.

f/5.6, 1/800, ISO-1600, 21mm

Wednesday January 6th, 2010

Somewhere over the mid-west, USA

Flying across a snow-covered countryside glimpsed between banks of clouds.

f/10, 1/4000, ISO-1600, 28mm

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Tuesday January 5th, 2010

Smithville, Missouri, USA

There has been a stillness in the air today with not a sound to disturb the peace. The setting sun turned the sky into a blend of the most delicate shades of blue and pink and apricot over the pristine landscape of frozen snow. As the sun sets the shadowed snow turns blue, at the horizon the sky has turned a delicate shell pink, thin clouds are delicate apricot against the palest of blue.

f/32, 1/80, ISO-1600, 80mm

Monday, January 4, 2010

Monday January 4th, 2010

Smithville, Missouri, USA

I love the sound of footsteps crunching through freshly fallen snow, like the sound of a bite into a crisp apple, leaving a shadowy trail across a virgin landscape. The powdery snow puffed into the air and sparkles with each step. The sun was shining brightly today from a pale blue sky, reflections off the snow were blinding, the air bitterly cold.

f/16, 1/3200, ISO-1600, 22mm

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Sunday January 3rd, 2010

Smithville, Missouri, USA

Woke this morning to more snow falling gently, covering the tracks made yesterday. By early afternoon the sun was shining and the snow was sparkling brightly. Occasional gusts of wind blew the snow off the roof, looking like a little shower of diamonds in the air. The shadows cast are deep blue contrasting starkly with the pristine whiteness. The world seems to have been quietened by the snow, like a dampener has been placed over the countryside.

f/22, 1/1250, ISO 1600, 150mm

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Saturday January 2nd, 2010

Dried flower heads against snow, Smithville, Missouri, USA

A bleak and cold day with temperatures well below freezing. Sullen, grey clouds turning the landscape monochrome, the frozen snow brilliant white against a steely sky.
Today's photo of dried flower heads reminded me of snowflakes. I've always loved black and white photography and using monochrome today seemed a good representation of the way the day felt.

F/11, 1/2500, ISO 1600, 210mm

Friday, January 1, 2010

Friday January 1st, 2010

New Year's Day, Smithville, Missouri, USA

Woke up early to greet an icy, icy New Year's Day with temperatures of -15 degrees Centigrade (5 degrees Fahrenheit). The sun was just tinting the horizon in the East and the Blue Moon of 31st December, 2009 was setting in the West. I couldn't resist going out to capture the new dawn even though I was barefoot and there is still deep snow around the house. I was torn as to which photo to post as my first - the setting moon or the rising sun but as the first day of the year and the promises of new beginnings I had to go with the rising sun.

F/4.5, 1/100, ISO 1600, 22mm