Friday, April 06, 2018

First Photo of the day
 April 06--Tidal Basin, Washington, DC--The annual early morning photo excursion to photograph the Cherry Blossoms.  It is a challenge to try to make something different each year as well as find something someone else isn't doing.  A hard task on both fronts.  This year decided to use only one lens and utilize short depth of field.  A Friday morning, overcast and a chilling low 40s, arrived at 6:20am, 25 minutes before sunrise, only a few parking spaces were left on Ohio Drive.  Seven situations made in about 40 minutes. Didn't rush, just tried to walk slower to observe and enjoy.
Washington Monument
Jefferson Memorial
Morning View

Martin Luther King Memorial
Where bad trees end up going
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Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 From My Window Seat

Departing from Chicago O'Hare
From My Window Seat.  Images made in 2017.  Flying over 60 flights per year can get tedious,  how many magazines, movies, or boring passengers can you deal with.  Always taking a window seat alleviates some of the boredom.  Always something interesting to see, even if it is a cloud formation, it helps to think or dream.  It is a challenge to make an interesting photo, usually it occurs after departure or before arrival.  The other task is to practice downloading the image immediately from the camera to the iPhone.  The next step is to use phone apps to make adjustments and upload to Instagram. All something to keep me busy, sharpen skills and make some fun photos. 

Departing Newark Airport
Off the Florida Coast, Atlantic Ocean
Arrival in Havana, Cuba
Railroad yard, O'Hare Airport in Chicago
The National Mall, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and US Capitol
Shadow over Chicago
Seems a little to close for me.
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Joe Kennedy III

Joe and Lauren
Three assignments this year with Representative Joe Kennedy III. Joe participated in the Best Buddies Challenge in Boston, Massachusetts.  He played football and rode in the ride from Boston to Hyannis Port.  Joe was the invited guest luncheon speaker for the German American Business Council. The third event was meeting Sister Olga of the Sacred Heart, as she lobbied with In Defense of Christianity.
GABC Luncheon Speaker
Joe with Sister Olga on Capitol Hill
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Saturday, June 03, 2017

Joan Jett Performs at the Best Buddies Challenge

Joan Jett, a classis on stage performance. 

June 03--Hyannis Port, MA-- Rock n'Roll icon and trailblazer Joan Jett and her band the Blackhearts performed before a an enthusiastic Best Buddies Challenge audience.  Jett sang her popular hits.  She is known for her influence in the world of rock music.  She was a pioneer as one of the first females in the dominated world of rock music.

Song list posted on the stage
Entering the business at age 15, with the punk-pop band the Runaways, she wrote and recording many songs, including, "I Love Rock n' Rock" additionally, she founded Blackhearts Records which continues to produce and promote female singers and bands.

With her early band, the Runaways, was a hard rock sound in the age of disco.  However they help set a trend of five women singing about sex, rebelling and partying.  Jett appeared in what is now her trademark, red leather jumpsuits.  The band faced an uphill battle of breaking into mainstream music but they persisted, they had many music successes,  their song "Cherry Bomb" was a punk hit. They gained notoriety in Japan, with three gold records.

Microphone stand 
After 1979, Jett and her band the Runaways disbanded.  Going solo was a hard road, 23 different record companies rejected her new album.  Thus she founded Blackhearts Records in 1980 with her producer partner, Kenny Laguna.  With help from, "The Who" Their first album Bad Reputation was picked up by Boardwalk Records.  Although her sound didn't catch on, the second album with "I Love Rock n Roll" with the title track reached #1 on the pop charts in 

The way people view concerts with their phones
She continues with her three cord rock and roll, and has continuously worked on writing and producing music & releasing albums.  Her last studio album Unvarnished was in 2013.  In 2015 she was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Her record label still promotes "girl bands" and female artists.  Jett also participated in USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tours.  

Fans rocking to Joan Jett in the big tent celebrating the Best Buddies Challenge
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Thursday, May 11, 2017

GABC Maifest

Former German Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger keynote speech
May 10--Top of the Hay, Hay-Adams Hotel, Washington--The Washington DC Chapter of the German American Business Council. 12 annual Maifest Dinner to present the GABC Leadership Award.  The award recognizes commitment to fostering strong transatlantic partnership.

Ambassador Ischinger with Leadership Award Honoree Dr. Stefan Oschmann, Chairman of the Executive Board & CEO of Merck KGaA, and GABC Chairman Lynn Taylor 
Senator Mark Warner spoke to the group. 
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Photos made with Nikon D810  24-120mm Nikkor and 70-200 mm Nikkor Lenses

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Maria Shriver Testimony

March 29--US Senate--Washington, DC--The senate hearing room was standing room only.  Every seat was filled.  The senators were in their seats waiting for the last senator to arrive.  As she came out of door, the audience in unison rose to their feet and gave her a standing ovation.  In the many years of attending congressional hearing, rarely does a senator get that type of reception.  As Senator Elizabeth Warren approached her chair, she took out her iPhone to photograph the audience.

Senator Elizabeth Warren, photographed from the well in the Senate Hearing Room. 
This hearing was a Special Committee on Aging, to discuss “The Arc of Alzheimer’s: From Preventing Cognitive Decline in Americans to Assuring Quality Care for those Living with the Disease”  Members of the Alzheimer's Association were in attendance. The first panel speaker was Maria Shriver.  She is part of the Women's Alzheimer's Movement.  Her testimony described the destroying elements of Alzheimer's as she experienced from her father's affliction.

Maria Shriver receiving a standing ovation after delivering her testimony.
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Shot with Nikon D810, 24-120mm Nikkor, ISO 4000

Monday, March 27, 2017

2017 Cherry Blossoms

Tidal Basin, Jefferson Memorial 
March 27--Tidal Basin, Washington, DC--Each spring seems different, through the years of rising early to capture the cherry blossoms, there are times of perfect skies, bright sun, overcast sky or as in the case of this year a thick fog and limited visibility.  Every time you hope for something different to make the images unique.  In 2017 was an incredible day that made wonderful images. 

Early Light, 6:09am
Look Close, See the Washington Monument
 Stopping, waiting & patience, the photo comes to you.

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Shot with a Nikon D810, 24-120 mm Nikkor and 70-200mm Nikkor Lenses

Thursday, February 09, 2017

The Optical Society--Winter Leadership Meeting

Eric Mazur, President OSA
February 7--Washington, DC--The Optical Society holds an annual Leadership meeting bringing in notable speakers to discuss current trends, findings and technology developments.  Podium shots can look the same, the goal is to work each situation, searching for angles and capturing moments that make the speaker look good and interesting.
Dr. France A Cardova 
Rush Holt
Walter Isaacson
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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Colors in Havana, Cuba

Looking up
January 2017--Havana, Cuba--One of the magical places on earth, one can see the majestic architecture that is still flourishing.  Although, some renovation is needed, you can see the potential.  You notice the craftsmanship in the structures.  Colors are everywhere. they are saturated in the bright Cuban sunlight.  Cuban architecture was influenced by diverse colonialization over the centuries.  Blues, Art Deco, stained-glass windows, then a Modernist Movement, Cuban Style of native artists and materials enriching the city.  You can't help to find incredible images everywhere you look
Old Havana
Open Door in Old Havana
Mural Art
US Embassy 
Malecon, know officially as Avenida de Maceo, is the esplanade,
 seawall and roadway along the Havana coastline 
Transportation #1
Transportation #2  Chevrolet Bel-Air Taxi

Transportation #3
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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Special Olympics Maryland and UMD Terrapins Basketball

January 21--College Park Maryland-- The University of Maryland Men's Basketball team held a basketball clinic for players from Special Olympics Maryland.  The day began with stations with both  UMD players and coaches providing skills training.  Then unified play with both SOMD athletes and UMD players.  A fun and inspirational day.

Together we are better
UMD and Special Olympic MD Athletes 
My referee partners

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