It’s always refreshing to find an experimental shot that features an oft-photographed subject such as the Washington Monument. Wait… and is that the Capitol peeking out from the bottom left corner? Double winner!! Photographer David Abizaid mentions in the description that he was toying with long exposure (1.8 seconds, to be precise) and zoom to achieve this dazzling sci-fi movie-like effect.
Great photographs leave you wanting to know more, and if this photograph does anything, it begs a question or two. We have no idea if this woman is clued into what is happening behind her, but either way it is very interesting. Could these be two homeless men wrestling in the park? Possibly. Could the man in the trash bag be offering free pony rides to any man carrying a sheet of foam? Also possible. Is this the best live reporter camera bomb we’ve seen in a long time? Gosh I hope so.
Aside from the funny content, photographer John Ulaszek does a nice job of framing the image. He shows us enough to set the scene, but not so much that it would give away what is actually happening. While I’m sure that John would be happy to tell us what’s going on in this shot, it’s sometimes better to let the imagination wander.
Today instead of one great photo for In Frame, I give you three:
Kevin Wolf was in our annual Exposed show for the first time in 2013, with this stunning lightning-on-the-Mall shot. Perusing his Flickr stream shows photo after photo of technically perfect, poster-worthy shots of Washington, D.C. I have no doubt that Kevin, like any of us, takes lots of clunkers, too, but what his stream shows is not only that he’s a good photographer and image editor, but he’s an excellent content editor, a skill too many photographers don’t value enough. I watch what’s uploaded to our Exposed DC pool every day, and have been impressed with the way Kevin has approached his submissions. Instead of going forward and uploading the three photos that floated to the top of his pile for the day or week, he’s been going through his history and finding groupings – a mini-series, really, to share. He submitted these three above to the pool most recently, taken in January, February, and May of this year.
How much time do you spend working on your photography skills after you’ve clicked the shutter and put the camera down? Do you upload everything that comes off your SD card, or the 15 “best” photos of a so-so roll, or do you use a critical eye and toss everything that doesn’t work, even if it only leaves you with one or two – or zero – truly impressive shots? Do you go through your history to see how your ‘eye’ has developed and changed? To find patterns to your photos that you didn’t even realize were there at first? To recognize your failures so that you can consciously work to improve them?
Shooting weddings can be a lot of fun, particularly when you’re not the official wedding photographer. It seems likely that Robb Hohman was playing the role of guest when he snapped this vibrant candid shot of two fellow revelers engaging in the usual kinds of reception shenanigans. This pricelessly evocative image was captured on film using a Voigtlander Bessa-R3A rangefinder.
I love a deceptively simple-looking architectural photo. John Griffiths worked some magic with the exposure of Eastern Market’s ceiling, managing to fill the darker walls and market stalls under the overhangs, without overexposing the rafters near the skylight. The soft light gives the large warehouse the aura of a cathedral.