Thursday, January 28, 2010

Beauty in nature

It was warm and sunny today so I decided to grab the old camera and spend the afternoon at Glen Echo Park near Bethesda, Maryland.  The area was originally a giant amusement park in the early 1900's and has since been converted to an arts educational center.  Many of the original buildings are still being used for offices and classrooms.  There is a small creek that runs along the side of the park and feeds into the Potomac River.  This is where I spent much of the afternoon - precariously balancing on rocks in the creek trying to get the perfect shot without falling in the water and destroying my ankles or my precious equipment. 

This is the first time that I feel my nature photos actually do justice to the real thing.  Normally I photograph some pretty trees or water and it comes out looking flat and boring.  Somehow everything came together today to produce something that might even make Mother Nature proud.

Monday, January 18, 2010

DC Rollergirls Bout

Here are a few photos from the DC Rollergirls bout at the Armory on January 16.  I had spent a couple weeks photographing the rollergirls during their practices back in November so I was familiar with the league and the action on the track.  But I was not prepared for intensity of an actual bout.  The skating was fast and the blocking was furious as the two teams battled it out on the track.  At the end of the day it was Cherry Blossom Bombshells over the visiting Harrisonburg Rocktown Rollers while the DC DemonCats fell to Scare Force One.

I am currently working on a multimedia piece showcasing the DC Rollergirls and the craziness that is a rollerderby bout.  Stay tuned.

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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Washington Wizards

I am now on month three of my Washington Wizards photo internship.  It's been an interesting experience.  These large sports arenas are like little cities, and just like any new city it takes a while to get used to the layout.   There are places I can go where no one pays attention to me, there are places I can go where I get a stern warning, and then there are places I go where someone immediately escorts me away under threat of violence.  Guess which places produce the best photos??  That's probably true for a lot of photography.  You gotta have thick skin for this business.

Anyway, my actual internship consists of photographing the scoreboard but I occasionally point my camera toward the court for a little variety.  Here are some samples... (click on photo for larger version)