Photos can convey a lot of different emotions—loneliness, courage, frustration, excitement, for example. But being able to capture and preserve a moment of joy is something truly spectacular. In this image, Lorie Shaull memorializes the smiling face of this young member of Greenbelt’s S.I.T.Y. Stars Jump Rope Team, at the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade this past weekend. You will not always be able to predict such moments of happiness, so you might want to keep a few things in mind. When it comes to your point of view, think outside the box! In this photo, Shaull is at a low position capturing her subject in action. Also, the brightness and bold colors of the subject’s outfit and the background of the image bring out the joy in the image much more than muted tones would. Thanks for sharing, Lorie!
This image is not your typical cherry blossom season photograph but what a great long exposure shot taken by Kevin Wolf at the Tidal Basin! He maximizes the long exposure by combining the stillness of the cherry blossom trees with the movement of passersby. When taking shots like this, it is best to use a tripod for maximum stability as well as a timer or wireless remote so that you do not shake the camera. The main setting you will have to play with is the shutter speed, which is the length of time your camera shutter is open, and this will vary depending on how fast your subject is moving. A slower shutter speed may mean lowering your ISO and using a smaller aperture to get the proper exposure.
Get your tickets now for our huge May 11 opening of the 12th annual Exposed DC Photography Show! You don’t want to miss the 40 winning photographs displayed and projected throughout the Dupont Underground.
- Head to the National Gallery of Art this afternoon and tomorrow for a program on history, photography, and race in the South.
- National Geographic’s special monthly happy hour on April 19 will focus on Unexpected Origins, 5:30-8 p.m., $20.
- Dayanita Singh, frustrated with the conventional gallery format, has taken to creating portable “pocket museums” instead for her latest exhibition.
- George Rodriguez talks about his experience with photography of two very different types in L.A.
- Elaborately made-up toy cars are the star of Carlos Hernandez’s recreated movie scenes.
- WTOP reviews the biography of Berenice Abbott out this week by Julia Van Haaften, founding curator of the New York Public Library’s photography collection.
- If you ❤ analog photography you will probably ❤ this mini-documentary tribute to it.
- It’s plastic as far as the eye can see in this series by conservation photographer Pete Oxford.
- “The key to storm chasing is to not end up being chased by the storm.”
- Diane Arbus: A box of ten photographs opens today at the Smithsonian American Art Museum with a slideshow and panel discussion, 4-7 p.m.
- AP photographer Pablo Martinez Monsivais revisited parts of D.C. that experienced rioting after Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination 50 years ago and found a city showing few traces remaining from those days of rage.
- The Zeiss Photography Award winner has been announced, along with nine shortlisted photographers.
- The CBRE Urban Photographer of the Year competition also announced its winners, who were asked this year to focus on examining cities from a perspective of connectivity.
- Aidan Williams is literally taking his photography to new heights as he documents slackliners around the world.
- Adobe has revamped Lightroom and Camera Raw’s treatment of raw files. Some photographers are calling the update major.
- Tim Franco uses an old wooden 4×5 camera to photograph defectors from North Korea in “Unperson,” his new portrait series.
For all our bird watching aficionados, check out Mike Maguire‘s photo taken at the Georgetown Waterfront! Mike does a great job of isolating his subject and eliminating elements that could detract from it. Using a vintage Canon 200mm lens, he captures the softness of the bird’s feathers and the detail of its pattern. It is quite challenging to get up close to a bird without them flying away, so having a longer focal length lets you photograph birds from farther away. Additionally, a greater focal length enables you to create a more blurred background, putting emphasis on the subject. Thanks for the excellent nature shot, Mike!