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 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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Photos made with Nikon D850 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Social Media Portraits

Selected Portraits
March 13-15--San Diego, CA--The Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition held in San Diego attracts thousands of attendees.  As an attraction to their lounge, The Optical Society wanted to provide free portraits for people to use in their social media profiles.  In a small space we made a portrait studio, two continuous light, (Westcott Flex Lights) with a seamless white background, within 2 days, over 150 people took advantage of this offer.  Each person was given personal attention, many shots were made to get that one best image. The photos were made with a Nikon D850 in the RAW file format. The best image was selected, minor adjustments were made and emailed to each person within 3 days.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

National Guard Youth Foundation Portraits

February 20--Washington, DC--The National Guard Youth Foundation 2018 ChalleNGe Champions Recognition Reception is the annual event that recognizes many of the individuals and sponsors that make the ChalleNGe successful for nearly 10,000 young people throughout the country, every year.  A red carpet was set-up and these are a few of the portraits of the cadets who benefit from this program.  

Four continuous LED Lights were setup for this step and repeat (Westcott Flex Lights and Ledgo) This combination provided sufficient light to capture a broad area.  There was a little red pickup from the red carpet, but it all seemed to work well.  Using Continuous lights, you see how the light wraps around the subjects.  You can make adjustments easier than using flash.  Plus your subjects react each time a flash goes off, thus continuous light makes a better session and keeps the subjects relaxed.

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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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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

People’s Rally Against the GOP Tax Scam: Let the People be Heard

Senator Elizabeth Warren
December 13--Capitol Hill, Washington, DC--Over twenty sponsoring organizations, so one would think, there would be a massive crowd in attendance.  Maybe it was the cold temperatures, (low thirties), but the crowd was not as large as anticipated.  It seemed like 300 people, with a lot of journalists who were covering the event.  The magic of staging, in the photographs it seemed like a larger crowd.  It was up close a with Speaker in Waiting, Nancy Pelosi, Senators Sanders and Warren, Rep. Doggett, all who were rallying the converted, in protesting the tax cuts for the richest Americans.  
Senator Bernie Sanders
Leader Nancy Pelosi
It looked like a big crowd

Representative Lloyd Doggett
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Friday, December 08, 2017

National Guard Youth Foundation

Color Guard
December 05--Laurel, MD--The National Guard Youth Foundation supports the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program. This program provides opportunities to young people who need a second chance for their education.  Forty sites throughout the United States provide educational opportunities for students to earn their GED as well as physical training, mentoring and life skills.  The Capital Guardian Youth ChalleNGe Academy located in Laurel, Md serves the Washington, DC metro area.   Participants apply to enroll, there is a 5 1/2 month residential program.  The "structured" program is  military style where each person will earn their District of Columbia High School Diploma, develop job, leadership and academic skills as they improve their confidence, self esteem and pride.
Competitive Basketball Team
Honor & Service
Team Work
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All photos made with a Nikon D850.  The great thing working with young people is their ability to be patient and enjoy being photographed.  Plus getting them out of their daily routine, they were happy to "do it again" and "again.  Fun day with the cadets.

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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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

in Defense of Christians Annual Summit

At the press conference, His Beatitude John X Yazigi, Patriarch of Antioch and All of The East,  with His Beatitude Moran Mar Bechara Boutros al-Rai, Patriach of Antioch, and head of the Maronite Church

October 24-25--Washington, DC--Each year In Defense of Christians gathers religious leaders from around the world to advocate for the safety of the Christian minorities in the Middle East. They have a press conference at the National Press Club, Ecumenical Prayer, Policy Symposiums, and lobbying effort on Capitol Hill. Throughout the Middle East, there is a genocide happening, people are being persecuted because of their religious belief. View the issues on the IDC Website.

His Excellency Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Ecumenical Prayer Service at St. Matthew's Cathedral
The Vice President speaking to the IDC Solidarity Dinner 
Lobby photo #1, Mother Olga of the Sacred Heart with Representative Joe Kennedy
Lobby photo #2, Mother Olga with two Representative in the tunnel.  
Lobby photo #3, Mother Olga with Representative Barbara Comstock.
Everyone stops for Mother Olga,  she is a powerful lobbyist. 
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Photos made with a Nikon D850 with the 24-120mm lens.  Mostly shot in low light, and high ISO.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Frontiers in Optics FIO Annual Meeting

Over 1200 attendees from all over the world
Sept 18-20--Washington, DC--Frontiers in Optics FIO, OSA’s Annual Meeting, encompasses the breadth of optical science and engineering and provides an atmosphere that fosters the exchange of information between those working on fundamental research and those looking for solutions to engineering problems. Special symposia and other major events further highlight major advances in many selected areas.  Throughout the conference there are Plenary Sessions, Visionary Speakers,  academia and research presentations, vendors halls and parties. 

Jason Eichenholz, Luminar Technologies, addresses the session, entitled
"Building the Vision for Autonomous Mobility"
Visionary Speaker Evelyn Hu of Harvard University
Answering a question, Rush Holt, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Science and Industry poster presentations. 
Participants in the OIDA VIP Industry Leaders Speed Meetings Lunch 
Celebrating 100 years of OSA
Presentations of findings and scientific achievements highlighted the conference
Photos made with Nikon D850 and D810, 24-120mm Nikkor and 70-210mm Nikkor.  All shot with various ISO but on the high end in RAW files.  It ceases to amaze me how well these cameras shoot in poor lighting conditions.  With a little post production work in Lightroom, the images look good.

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