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    #DCFocused Pic 5: Season’s Greetings

    From all of us at DC Focused, here’s wishing for peace on earth, goodwill to all. Here’s some of our favorite holiday images from our Instagram feed. Follow today’s contributors on Instagram at @allie.at.large, @llkoolwhip, @jbsankara, @vpickering and @dccitygirl.  To be featured in our Pic 5 selection, tag your photos #DCFocused. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! A photo posted by Allison (@allie.at.large) on Dec 21, 2015 at 3:38pm PST – Dean could feel an Instagram happening A photo posted by Russ R (@llkoolwhip) on Dec 17, 2015 at 5:15pm PST He’s real, get over it ???? #igdc #acreativedc #exposeddc #dcfocused #dctography #fotodc #dcstyle #jbsankara #sonya7s #washingtondaily #saidawiseafrican #mydccool #vsco…

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    #DCFocused Pic 5: Bokeh in bloom

    We’re celebrating bokeh today — that creamy, delicious, addictive blur. We can’t get enough. While creating a shallow depth of field is essential, it’s the way the blur interacts with the light in the background that takes bokeh to the next level. Follow today’s contributors on Instagram at @bokehisforlovers (naturally), @mikijourdan, @danwlawrence, @pootie_ting and @ulyanadc. To be featured in our Pic 5 selection, tag your photos #DCFocused. #fall survivors #bokehisforlovers #igdc #acreativedc #mydccool #bokeh #fotodc #dcstyle #sunset #dmv #dctography #dcfocused #washingtondc #washingtondaily #passionpassport #artofvisuals #uncalculated #welivetoexplore #bythings #instagood #photooftgeday #dmvnetwork #washingtondc #colors #autumn A photo posted by @bokehisforlovers on Dec 2, 2015 at 9:44pm PST The Color Purple #fotodc #acreativedc #instantdc…

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    #DCFocused Pic 5: Playing with fire

    Photographing fire at night is harder than you might think but these Instagrammers make it look easy. They were on hand Saturday night at Artomatic to document a lineup of fire breathers, swallowers and spinners. Be sure to check out our roundup of photos here. Follow today’s contributors on Instagram at @ashwanibhasin, @humanswashdc, @jbsankara, @ellievanhoutte and @xandysocialx. To be featured in our Pic 5 selection, tag your photos #DCFocused. “So don’t play with me, ’cause you’re playing with fire – #therollingstones” #Artomatic. #dcfocused #dcfocused_firespin #igdc #acreativedc #exposeddc #dcfocused #dctography #fotodc #dcstyle #l4l #photooftheday #canon70d #canonphotography #longexposure #igersoftheday_ A photo posted by Ashwani Bhasin (@ashwanibhasin) on Nov 29, 2015 at 3:12pm PST  …

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    The winners of our “Fall” Instagram Challenge

      For our last weekly Instagram challenge of the year, we have not one, but two winners. Congratulations to Susan Pologruto and Erin Kelly for winning the “Fall” challenge. You can follow them on Instagram at @susanpologruto and @ekelly80.   Our Instagram challenges will return in the new year, bigger and better. Susan and Kelly and all of the entrants who finished in the top five during our weekly challenges will go into a drawing for a $20 Amazon gift card. We’ll have the drawing Wednesday, Nov. 25 and will update this post with the results. Update: And the winner of the Amazon gift card is ….Richard Barnhill.  

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    #DCFocused Pic 5: Minimizing the clutter

    In today’s Pic Five, we’re embracing the negative, space that is. All of the images below make great use of negative space, the area between the subject and the frame of the image. In graphic design, negative space is often referred to as “white space,” but in photography, negative space doesn’t have to be white nor does it have to be empty. But when used effectively, it isolates and draws attention to the subject. It can also create drama and mood in a scene. Today’s images come from @septembersneary, @jbsankara, @vpickering, @manilgarcia and @birdettemurray. Tag your Instagram photos #DCFocused. Sunnier Days #latergram #exposeddc #igdc #exploredc #acreativedc #yardspark #washingtondc #FotoDC #dctography…

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    Pick the winner of our “Fall” Challenge

    The theme for this week’s Instagram challenge was “Fall.”  We wanted people to show us any image that evokes the season, whether it was foliage or pumpkin lattes. Now, we need your help to choose the top image. The top five vote getters will be entered into a drawing for a $20 Amazon gift card, which we’ll draw for next week. [inlinkz_linkup id=579679 mode=1]

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    #DCFocused Pic Five: #VeteransDay (Thank you for your service)

    There isn’t a better place than DC to celebrate national holidays, such as Veterans Day. Tag your Instagram photos #DCFocused. Today’s images come from @cosmicsmudge,  @jenburnett, @jeffhughesphoto, @navinsarmaphoto and @transplantedindc. A moment of reflection at the Vietnam Women’s Memorial #veteransday #dcfocused #sonya7ii #dc A photo posted by Joe (@cosmicsmudge) on Nov 11, 2015 at 3:07pm PST | thank you for your service #veteransday #shotoniphone6s A photo posted by J E N (@jenburnett) on Nov 11, 2015 at 3:46am PST Flags of Remembrance #leica #exposeddc #dcfocused A photo posted by Jeff Hughes (@jeffhughesphoto) on Nov 11, 2015 at 6:59am PST Tribute to Vets Day and the USMC’s 240th birthday #usmc #vetsday2015/#veteransday #rainbow…

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    The #DCFocused Pic Five : #SideYards at the Yards

    Touted as the first-ever “riverfront sideshow extravaganza,” Side Yards at the Yards lived up to its billing. But really, how can you go wrong with “contortionists, magicians, jugglers, fire breathers, sword swallowers and more,” not to mention the “death-defying live music?” Today, we’re proud to introduce our new feature, “the #DCFocused Pic Five,” five images from Instagram that document a recent DC happening. To be sure we see your photos, tag them #DCFocused. Today’s images come from @ellievanhoutte, @jeffreyindc, @vpickering, @mabjustmab and @douglas.it Spectators enjoy the moves of a #burlesque #dancer during #sideyards at #yardsparkdc last night. Intriguing…. #performanceart #costume #dancing #washingtondc #fotodc #washingtondaily #exposeddc #ilovedc #igdc #acreativedc #dcfocused #dctography #seemycity #ig_northamerica #instagramdc #igersofdc…

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    Instagram Challenge: “Fall”

      The theme for our week 6 challenge is “Fall,” as in the season.  Show us an image of leaves, foliage, pumpkin patches, pumpkin lattes or anything that evokes autumn. It can be a new photo that you take specifically for this week’s challenge or something from your Instagram archives. All you need is the URL to the image you want to enter (see the screen shot at the bottom of the page for additional instructions). Starting this week, we’re going to extend the submission period for a full week, followed by a full week of voting. You can still enter up to three images. We’ll accept submissions until  Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 11:55 p.m.…

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    #DCFocused on Instagram: Love More

    Are you on Instagram? Tag your photos #DCFocused and we might show your work here on the blog. Here’s the latest from some of the DC photographers we follow on Instagram. Contemplation #dance #lights #dcarts #dc #danceplace #igers #ig #igdc #dcfocused #exposeddc #instantdc A photo posted by @rpcannon on Oct 27, 2015 at 5:58am PDT [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] ‘ ‘ • feat @gogetblissed • Oct 2015 • Seen in #Chinatown #WashingtonDC and photographed with a #fujixt1 #xt1 #fujifeed • #makeportraitsnotwar #makeportraits #gspc #dcfocused #fujifilm_xseries #streetportrait #bnw_city #bnw_globe #bnw #bnw_captures #igersbnw #instagood #instacool #igersworldwide #igers #fujifeed #igdc #instacool A photo posted by Nana Gyesie (@nanagyesie) on Oct 26, 2015 at…

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    The Thursday Instagram Challenge: “Costume Time”

      Editor’s update: We’re moving the deadline for submissions back to Sunday at 9 p.m. to allow for any photos you take during Halloween or Day of the Dead festivities. The theme for our week 5 challenge is “Costume Time.”  Show us an image of someone in a costume. It can be someone in their Halloween outfit or a cosplayer portraying a comic or fantasy character. It can be a new photo that you take specifically for this week’s challenge or something from your Instagram archives. All you need is the URL to the image you want to enter (see the screen shot at the bottom of the page for additional instructions). You…

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    #DCFocused on Instagram: If you haven’t noticed, fall’s here

    Are you on Instagram? Tag your photos #DCFocused and we might show your work here on the blog. Here’s the latest from some of the DC photographers we follow on Instagram. Return to old watering holes for more than water; friends and dreams are there to meet you • Said a wise African • Make it a great week • • #igdc #acreativedc #exposeddc #dcfocused #dctography #fotodc ##jbsankara #sonya7s #africanproverb #washingtondaily #saidawiseafrican #mydccool #vsco #justgoshoot #fall #friendsinmyfeed #makeportraitsnotwar #portrait #justgoshoot_mpnw #arboretum #autumn A photo posted by Jean-Baptiste SANKARA (@jbsankara) on Oct 25, 2015 at 8:20pm PDT | field study . Awesome morning with #igdcfamily for the #darkfields instameet, exploring Manassas…