• Dispatches

    Dispatches: Strange days and cool nights on Venice Beach

    Venice Beach — about midway between Santa Monica and Manhattan Beach — is named for the canals that run through it. Once the most eccentric and bohemian of the Los Angeles beach communities — the Doors were founded here in 1965 — it is rapidly succumbing to an onslaught of gentrification. Even so, people still fish on the fishing pier, superannuated hippies ride colorful bikes, and there is a beautiful sunset every night. All images ©  2016 Clif Burns. You can see more of his work on his website. Dispatches is our occasional look outside of DC at the places local photographers have traveled. Have a set of photos you’d…

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  • Dispatches

    Over the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach

      It’s tempting on a clear August day in Rehoboth Beach to look at the ocean and the blue sky from the Boardwalk. But that would be a mistake because there are plenty of things going on all over the boardwalk itself and plenty of photo opportunities. All images ©  2016 Clif Burns. You can see more of his work on his website.

  • Contests,  Drink City

    Cocktail Photo Contest Results

    Featured image by Beau Finley The first Drink City cocktail photography contest is over!  Thank you to all who participated – the variety of cocktails and photos submitted were truly inspiring.  As mentioned in the announcement, the winning photographers will receive a 2016 D.C. Passport.   Grace C. submitted several photos of vodka cocktails that look perfect for warm summer evenings.  Clif Burns teased us with four different cocktails in his submissions, including some classics as well as the resurgent Burmese drink, the Pegu Club Cocktail.  Rob Cannon opted for a highball, but pedantry aside, his photo of a vodka soda was too pretty not to include here. Without further…

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  • Celebrations,  Festivals,  Music

    Let the beat funk you up — music festival is big part of parade’s fun

    The Funk Parade is sort of a misnomer. While a raucous parade down U Street is certainly the eponymous moment of the day, the day-long event is as much free music festival as it is parade. The bands played at 12 stages and performance areas during the day and 15 venues into the night — and DC Focused photographers were at most of them. Be sure to check out our Music Project for bonus coverage. Featured image © 2016 Jeffrey Morris. Chelsey Green © Clif Burns The Ron Holloway Band © Zack Lewkowicz Reesa Renee © Sean Kennedy Lucky So & Sos © Rob Cannon Nappy Riddem © Joe Newman Funk Ark © Zack…

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  • Arts,  Celebrations,  Events,  Festivals,  Music,  Parades

    On this day, it was the District of Funk

    U Street was all about the funk on Saturday — music, dancing in the street, drum lines and tens of thousands of people turning out for the all-day party and music fest known as the Funk Parade. The festival of funk took over the U Street corridor, as old and new DC came together to celebrate the city’s cultural heritage. The Mayor of Funk Town was even there throwing beads to cheering constituents, walking just a few hundred yards ahead of parade participants carrying a gigantic, inflatable joint. The parade slogan, after all, was “roll your funk.” Spread along the corridor from the Howard Theater to 14th Street, the festival included…

  • Weather

    The District Strikes back!

      We survived the Great Blizzard of 2016. Now, it’s time to dig out and get back to work. Okay, maybe work can wait another day or two, but our intrepid DC Focused photographers never rest. Here’s our final installment of Snowzilla vs. the DMV. [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=””] [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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  • Events

    #Snowzilla Act 2: In the belly of the blizzard

      Hopefully, you survived Snowzilla with no major damage or power outages. DC Focused photographers were out and about documenting the storm in DC, Maryland and Virginia. Here’s what they saw. [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=””] [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”…

  • Uncategorized

    Go, go, go #Snowzilla! Scenes from a blizzard Act 1

      Snowzilla rules the city. Might as well just hunker down and chill. Here are some photos from the DC Focused community. [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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  • Weekend Focus

    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

    Should old acquaintance be forgot: A look back at our favorite images of 2015

      2015 was an amazing year for photography in DC — from historic moments seen by millions to those little moments like the one above that you just happen upon. We asked members of the DC Focused community to show us their favorite images from the last year and to tell us why. What they showed us drives home a point that we believe is at the heart of why so many of us love photography. Our favorite images are often more than beautiful photos — they show us a deeper connection between photograph and photographer. It’s the moment that really matters — it’s how capturing that image made us feel at the time and how the…

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  • Weekend Focus

    Weekend Focus: Welcome to the blue hour

      This week’s roundup is brought to you by the colors blue, purple and pink. With a golden sunrise thrown in there for good measure. Featured image, Tidal Basin Blues 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 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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  • Featured,  Misc.

    Finding the holiday spirit in Old Town Alexandria

      For photographers looking to capture the holiday spirit, Old Town Alexandria offers a little bit of everything — tree-lined streets decked with holiday lights, colorful window displays, festive street entertainers and a lot of happy people enjoying the shopping, dining and ice cream. The DC Focused Meetup group hit the Old Town streets recently to take in the sights during blue hour, that period right after the sun sets when everything is, well, blue. To find out more of what Old Town has to offer, check out Extraordinary Alexandria. [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…

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