We’re hosting a fantastic event with the National Cathedral on September 10. Sign up here to get an exclusive tour around the roof eaves of the building, with an incredible view of the city and a close-up look at the gargoyles. You’ll need to buy a ticket for the concert that evening with singer-songwriter Sarah Borges & The Broken Singles for $15, which includes a free beer from Port City and Right Proper Brewing. It’s going to be a super fun night, so we hope you’ll join us.
Want to be a part of the exhibit we’re curating for the concert hall? If you have any music-themed photographs from around the D.C. metro area–concerts, street buskers, an amazing still-life of your guitar collection–tag them with #ExposedMusic and put them in our Flickr group or on Instagram by August 27 (it’s rolling, so the sooner the better). We’ll let you know if we pick your photo, we’ll print it and hang it in the National Cathedral, and you can take it home when the exhibit is over.
On to Friday Links!
- Submit your aviation and space photos to Air & Space / Smithsonian magazine’s annual photo contest by November 1. Entry is free and winners get cash prizes and their photo in the print issue.
- Toyko is getting Hitchcockian with all these birds.
- “Only white people can resolve the problem of their own prejudice” The New York Times Lens blog discusses race and photography.
- Nikon just filed a patent for this four-eyed monster.
- If you tweet an emoji to this bot created by the New York Public Library, it’ll respond with a photograph or other image from its archives.
- The New York Times has before and after photos of the historic flooding in Louisiana. (The devastation is real: Consider supporting these local charities that are helping victims.)
- Get your best foodie photography into PDN’s Taste competition, open to all skill levels, by August 31.
- A photo of an injured boy sitting in shock in an ambulance after being pulled out of building hit by an airstrike is bringing home the violence Syrians are living with every day.
- Miss the Perseid meteor shower last week? Here’s a great shot of the space rocks coming down over Yosemite.
- Getty photographer Cameron Spencer nailed it when he caught one of Usain Bolt’s epic smiles as he took a light jog down the track during his 100-meter semi-final heat.
- It’s not the first brush fire for the brave photographers at the Los Angeles Times to cover, and it won’t be the last (in fact, it’s one of four raging concurrently in California right now), but the level of destruction by the Blue Cut fire is impossible to deny. After igniting Tuesday, it’s spread out to burn nearly 40,000 acres already.
- A little joy nearby though: The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach has new penguins!