While we’ve been enjoying the gorgeous close-ups of our resident D.C. eagles and their new offspring, Phil has been keeping tabs on their neighboring cousins in Alexandria, Virginia. Based on his caption of this stunning shot, we can look forward to new arrivals for this raptor family before long!
Some of you like to put your work together at the end of the year to look back at where you’ve been and what you’ve seen. We’ll use our editorial privilege to highlight our pal Sanjay Suchak, a multiple time Exposed winner before he came to volunteer with our team briefly, and then heading down to Charlottesville to be UVa’s official photographer. Have you put together a highlight reel from 2015? Show us and we’ll link to some more throughout December. Oh and look, now you have your selections ready to enter into the 10th annual Exposed DC photography contest. How convenient!
- Nobody knows Bao Bao or Bei Bei better than Juan Rodriguez, the former National Zoo volunteer turned veteran panda-keeper. He shares what it’s like to spend a day with Washington’s most obsessed-over animals. (Which made us nostalgic for a similar story our own James Calder shot for DCist four years ago, A Day In The Life: National Zoo Animal Keeper.)
- Wired magazine has The Grisly, Fascinating History of Crime Photography.
- “I’ve never seen anything like this, and in such perfect symmetry.” Capital Weather Gang has an incredible photo of Kelvin-Hemlholtz wave clouds taken by Brad Peterson.
- In Sight takes a look at what John McDonnell, a Washington Post staff photographer, shoots on the periphery while on assignment.
- Dronestagr.am announces the winners of its “Small Drones, Big Changes” climate themed drone photography contest.
- Slate’s Behold photo blog offers up its 10 Best Photography Books of 2015.
- The House Armed Services committee has banned photographers from in front of the witness table because of the loud camera shutters.
- “My biggest fear is the Corcoran turning into a hub for people to do their creative minors.” A year later, the Corcoran is still figuring out its new place.
- A chance encounter with several Chinese girls being raised in Montana led Meng Han to explore the world of Chinese adoptees in the United States.
- Print that baby! Classic contact sheets from 1960 to now. MoMa let the Guardian into its cavernous vaults, sharing everything from Stephen Shore’s shots of a vintage car stranded in the desert to Lorna Simpson’s candid 1950s African American pinups.
- Apply to be a photo editing intern this summer at NPR.
- The Comedy Wildlife Awards will ease you through the rest of your workday.
Well, owl be damned! Whoo would have thought a snowy owl would be perched atop a drugstore in downtown D.C.? Luckily, Philip Yabut was there to capture this photo of the beautiful bird. The snowy owls are heading farther south than normal this year. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is tracking the owls on the website eBird. You can see where they have been seen this year, and in previous “irruption” years. What a hoot!