• Weekend Focus

    Weekend Focus: Our special Leap Year edition

      We have no idea what the forecast is this weekend (we’ve reached our limit of free WaPo stories and can’t check Capital Weather Gang until next month) but we’d recommend you grab your warmest coat if you head outside. The H Street Trolley is supposed to carry its first passengers on Saturday and that can only mean that a certain place is about to freeze over. We’ll believe it when we see it. Featured image, Moonrise over Washington DC by Navin Sarma, is part of the DC Focused flickr pool. More images from the pool below. [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider…

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    Tips on photographing buildings

    As we are in the middle of our self-declared Brutalism Week (details on it), we wanted to share some tips on how to take interesting photographs of buildings. 1. Go for something different Most buildings in D.C. have been photographed thousands of times.  For a different photo, look for an interesting juxtapostion, like Rob Cannon did when photographing the historic Franklin School: or this capture by Beau Finley:   2. It’s all in the details Building details can make great compositions:   3. Add people People can add interest or a sense of scale when photographing buildings: Or add pigeons:   4. Look for reflections There are often interesting reflections…

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    Weekend Focus: It’s Bei Bei Time!

      We’re no strangers to celebrity sightings in the District. We don’t bat an eye when we see Barack and Joe scarfing down half smokes at Ben’s. The Big Papa in his Fiat? That’s nice. Ovie out and about? Yawn. Yeah, none of those celebs have anything on Bei Bei, the giant panda cub who makes his public debut on Saturday at the National Zoo. Grab your camera and get down to Woodley Park, though you might have better luck getting interesting shots of the crowd than actually seeing Bei Bei. There are also plenty of events around town to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Remember to tag your MLK weekend…

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    Weekend Focus: Light it up and other holiday activities

      Enjoy the weekend, one of our favorites of the year — past the bustle of Thanksgiving and before everyone gets too wrapped up into preparing for the holiday season. If you’re looking for things to do this weekend, head to the waterfront to catch the 16th Annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights. Featured image, fosythia with lawyer by brunofish, is part of the DC Focused flickr pool. More images from the pool below. [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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    Weekend Focus: the city at night, jumbo crabs and placid waters

      Holiday festival season continues to rev up this weekend with the Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade kicking off at 10 a.m. Saturday in downtown Silver Spring. If you’re up for a drive, head over to Gettysburg, instead, for the Remembrance Day Parade at 1 p.m. on Saturday and the graveside illumination ceremony that evening. You can also check out the Catharsis on the Mall:  A Vigil for Healing the Drug Wars, which kicks off Friday night on the northwest side of the Washington Monument and continues until Sunday morning with testimonials, music, dancing and the burning of a wooden temple at 11 p.m. on Saturday night. Featured image, Leaving by…

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    Weekend Focus: Did you remember the 5th of November?

    Million Mask March by Victoria Pickering   If you’re a photographer in the DMV, then you have absolutely no excuse for not getting to at least some of the FotoWeekDC festivities, which kicks off tonight with the annual bash at the former Spanish Ambassadors house. There’s also still some time to take advantage of this great map that Casey Trees put together showing some of the best tree-lined streets in the District. And if you’re looking for photo ops, head down to Side Yards 2015 on Saturday night. If you need to be persuaded, just read the description: “Three stages of entertainment will showcase the unusual talents of contortionists, magicians,…

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    Weekend Focus: Our-creepy-mostly-monochrome Halloween edition

      It’s funny how your frame of mind can influence how you see an image. Take today’s feature image, for example: A wonderful photo with great contrast, leading lines and light. However, when we put it into a Halloween context, it can be kind of creepy, right? The same might be said for a lot of today’s images if you approach them with that mood in mind. Leave us a message down below with what you see in some of these images. Meanwhile, this should be an epic weekend for photography with Halloween on Saturday and Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, on Sunday. The DC Focused Meetup group…

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    Weekend Focus: Dogs in space and an amazing squirrel

      The past couple weeks have offerred up some terrific photo opportunities. From the Pope, to the big moon, to photo walks to, Art All Night and Feista DC, it’s been non-stop. Here’s hoping you got out with your camera and captured some great images. If you look closely at today’s featured image, you’ll notice that something ain’t right with that astronaut. You can find out more about this photo project here. Speaking of the Metro, be sure to check out the Washingtonian’s guide to snarky Metro bashers. Featured image, woof by Beau Finley, is part of the DC Focused flickr pool. More images from the pool below. [divider line_type=”Small Line”…

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    Weekend Focus: the ready-for-weekend-edition

      [Editor’s note: Yeah, we’re not very good at reading calendars and we’re very preoccupied at the moment with other things so an earlier version of this totally miffed when the Labor Day weekend begins. Wishful thinking, we guess.] We’ve packed our roundup with a couple extra photos this week, which is another way of saying there were just too many fantastic images to choose from. If you’re looking for something to photograph this weekend, check out the annual Capital Dragon Boat Races on the Georgetown Waterfont. It’s also the opening weekend of the Maryland Renaissance Festival. Featured image, I can do reflections by Kevin Wolf, is part of the…

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    Weekend Focus: Shadows, landscapes and a smoking lady

      Thank you restaurant week for taking our minds off of how horrible the DC Metro has become — if only for a few moments. If you’re looking to get out of town for an interesting photo op, you might consider heading over to Frederick, Maryland to check out the water lilies. Meanwhile, just one more month of summer left. We can do this. Featured image, Smoking a Butt by Geoff Livingston, is part of the DC Focused flickr pool. More images from the pool below. [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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    Weekend Focus: Let the countdown for the Fourth begin

      It’s the weekend before Independence Day. And that can only mean one thing — it’ time to eat some barbecue! Are you ready? The best way to prepare for next weekend’s grilling activities is to head downtown and check out the 23rd annual Safeway Barbecue Battle. Meanwhile, cheer on the U.S. Women’s National Team tonight in the Women’s World Cup tonight but even better, check out the Washington Spirit on Saturday. Featured image, Dance lessons, Dupont Circle by angela n., is part of the DC Focused flickr pool. More images from the pool below. [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”…

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    Weekend Focus: Bugs, big boats and beautiful sunsets

    We hope you’ve rested up because it’s the weekend, and not just any weekend, but Capital Pride weekend. But before you do anything else, be sure to check out Victoria’s tips on shooting Saturday’s Pride Parade in DuPont Circle. You can see the schedule of events here. The question that is weighing heavily on our minds is whether there’s enough time this weekend to photograph the parade and festival and still make it up to Bawlmer for Hon Fest. Life is cruel. Also, if you were one of the lucky few who scored a ticket to the Prince concert at the Warner Theater on Sunday, take a picture for us, will…

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