• Meetups,  Sports

    Rain, soggy field can’t stop the DC Breeze

      The DC Breeze romped their way to a lop-sided 28-14 victory over the Montreal Royal on a dreary, rainy Sunday afternoon. While the conditions weren’t terrific, it didn’t keep some of our die-hard Meetup members from coming out to shoot the Breeze, one of two professional ultimate frisbee teams in the DC area. The 6-2 Breeze currently stand in 2nd place in the American Ultimate Disc League’s East Division. They play their home games at Galludet’s Hotchkiss Field. [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””]…

  • Arts,  Events,  Meetups

    Paint Jam Comes to Rhode Island Ave.

      “We are Hip-Hop in all its forms,” says Words Beats & Life, a non-profit arts and educational organization. Last weekend, the Hip-Hop form on display was the mural. Since its founding in 2000, artists working with Word Beats & Life have created thousands of feet of public art around the District, including major installations in Storey Park and Edgewood.  On Saturday, the Fine Lines Paint Jam came to Rhode Island Avenue NE, with dozens of artists leaving their marks on a 900 foot concrete canvas just off the 500 and 600 blocks. With art unfolding before one’s eyes, it was the perfect time for a photo meetup. Several DC…

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  • Featured,  Meetups,  Nature

    Spending a chilly weekend with Assateague’s wild ponies

      Camping out on Assateague Island National Seashore in March is always a roll of the dice. You might end up with great spring weather … and you might end up under a foot of snow. The recent DC Focused outing to Assateague probably fell somewhere in between. Temperatures dipped into the 40s but the windchill made it a lot worse. Still, we were there for the ponies and they didn’t disappoint. The 48,000 acre National Seashore is on the Maryland coast, just south of Ocean City, and about a two and half hour drive from the district. From the National Park Service: “Human activities also exert a strong influence Assateague’s natural…

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  • Macro Photography,  Meetups

    It’s always sunny in the Butterfly Pavilion

      While we’d much rather be down in Central America photographing butterflies in the wild, hanging out at the Butterfly Pavilion in the National Museum of Natural History ain’t so bad on a cold afternoon. The DCFocused Meetup group gathered at the Pavilion this past weekend to do some macro photography. If you go: Bring a macro lens for best results. Macro lenses allow you to get within a couple inches of your subject. However, you can get great shots with any lens or camera (even a camera phone). While there’s plenty of light in the Pavilion, using a flash can help. If you’re able to go with a friend, and…

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  • Architecture,  Meetups

    Exploring the forgotten Capital City Market

      You can find beauty everywhere, even amid the trash strewn alleys and graffiti covered walls of the old Capital City Market. The four to five block area used to be a center of  activity as a wholesale and retail hub for fruits, vegetables and meats. A 2006 blurb in the Washington Post described the bustle of forklifts, trucks and cars and an array of concessions selling “hot food such as crab cakes with french fries and halal or kosher turkey sausage and half-smokes.”  As the Post put it, “The mix of cultures and diversity of food stuffs is aesthetically stimulating.” These days, there are still some businesses operating in the old…

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  • Events,  Featured,  Meetups

    Día de los Muertos: A time to remember

      The DC Focused Meetup group had a pretty simple assignment on Sunday — tell the story of the Día de Muertos Festival in Mount Pleasant. Simple enough, except with a couple conditions: Each person could use only a 50mm fixed focal length lens. No zooms allowed. And to make things a little more difficult, they had to turn in photos that were uncropped. They needed to show the world what they saw through their viewfinders when they snapped the shutter. The idea behind the challenge was to force the group members to be deliberate as they approached their shots. No zoom meant, in many cases, that they needed to move…

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  • Meetups,  Monuments, Memorials, Statues,  Sunrises and Sunsets

    Sunrise challenge at the Marine Corps War Memorial

      Sunrise photography isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Getting out of a warm bed a couple hours before dawn is hard enough for most folks but when the temperatures outside are near freezing, it can be downright agonizing. Our Sunday morning meetup at the Marine Corps War Memorial was one of those days. But in this case, the payoff meant hanging out with other die-hards and getting a gorgeous shot of the sun rising over the city. One of the lessons you learn from these outings is how important it is to work quickly when you’re shooting sunrises. The best light is often in that half hour before the sun…

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  • Events,  Meetups

    DC photogs joined thousands around the world for #500pxGPW15

      One of our favorite things about photo walks happens after the walk is over and you get to see everyone’s images. What did they capture that you missed? What angles or perspectives did they find that you wish you had seen? How did they interpret the same scene differently? There’s always something you wish you had thought of, which, of course, makes you a better photographer by helping you see things in a different way. These are some of the images taken in DC during Saturday’s 500px Fujifilm Global Photowalk, an annual event where thousands of photographers in more than 200 cities around the world go out and celebrate their art together. You…

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  • Events,  Meetups

    The Pope comes to Brookland

      The faithful and the curious came to Brookland on Wednesday afternoon. Those with a lucky ticket got to see Pope Francis say mass at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The rest of us got to watch the show on the other side of the fence. Our DC Focused photography Meetup group was there to document the scene. [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””]…

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  • Events,  Meetups

    Trey Ratcliff’s Photo Walk Across the USA stops in DC #TreyUSA

      Nearly 200 photographers came out to the National Mall on Saturday — at least one from as far away as California — for what may have been the largest photo walk ever held in Washington, DC. No offense to our iconic photo ops but most of the photographers weren’t really here to shoot images of the Washington Monument or Lincoln Memorial — they were here because of Trey Ratcliff, the HDR pioneer who has built an international brand around his Stuck in Customs blog. More recently, he has launched his virtual, global photo academy dubbed The Arcanum. Ratcliff, an American who now lives in New Zealand, is holding photo…

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  • Meetups,  Misc.

    Exploring the historic U Street Heritage Trail

      Our DC Focused Meetup group spent a recent Sunday afternoon exploring the U Street Heritage Trail, which highlights some of the important historical sites in the greater U Street neighborhood. Our mission was to tell the story of the neighborhood, which stretches a couple blocks on each side of U Street. From the Cultural Tourism DC’s description of the area: “For the first half of the 20th century, this neighborhood inspired and sustained the rich social, civic, and cultural life of Washington’s African American community. During the years of segregation, U Street was Washington’s “Black Broadway” and the heart of African American business and culture. Here people of color responded with…

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  • Events,  Meetups,  Sports

    DC’s Soap box Derby brings downhill thrill to Capitol Hill

      Baseball and apple pie really don’t have much on the Soapbox Derby when it comes to American traditions. The soapbox derby has been a rite of passage for countless boys and girls ever since the first race was organized in Ohio in 1933. Back then, some kids built their cars out of orange crates and actual soap boxes. It’s unlikely that any had hot-pink flames painted on them like one of the cars at this past weekend’s 74th running of the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby. Boys and girls 7 through 17 brought their kit-made cars out to Capitol Hill on Saturday to compete in three divisions for the…