• 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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  • Weekend Focus

    Weekend Focus: Fair warning

      We’re in for some freezing temps this weekend. Not that we’re complaining but it’s going to make for a chilly morning for our DC Focused Meetup this Sunday at the Marine Corps War Memorial. With Halloween around the corner, time to read this guide to haunted houses or, if you’re looking for another seasonal photo op check out this handy map to the region’s pumpkin patches. Featured image, Chesapeake Bay Lighthouses by John J Young, is part of the DC Focused flickr pool. More photos 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”…

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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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  • Weekend Focus

    Weekend Focus: Our Pope-free edition

      The Pope has left the building. Featured image, Foggy Potomac Morning by Andrew Pasko-Reader, is part of the DC Focused flickr pool. More photos 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=””]

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  • Weekend Focus

    Weekend Focus: Getting ready for Pope-ageddon

      Are you ready for next week? Have you stocked up on non-perishables? Made sure that you have bottled water on hand? You might want to spend the weekend battening down the hatches. Meanwhile, Joint Base Andrews will be hosting its air show on Saturday. And hey, if fighting the crowds at the air show isn’t enough warm-up for our papal visit, head over to H Street for the annual festival, where you can practice advanced crowd maneuvers. Featured image, Urban Camoflage by Cody Williams, is part of the DC Focused flickr pool. More photos from the pool below. [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line”…

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  • Dispatches

    In Celebration of Travel: Dispatches from around the globe

    Southern California’s Venice Beach is one of the most famous beaches in the world, and one of the best places in the world to people watch. Jeffrey Morris captures a wonderful sunset at the beach’s skate park. Image by Jeffrey Morris. See more of his work on his website. [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””]While this blog’s focus is squarely on life in the District, this week, we’re broadening our horizons. It’s Travel Week here at DC Focused. We’re big believers in getting out of town whenever we can, whether it’s a short trip up the coast or somewhere halfway around the globe. Throughout the week, our contributors will be posting some…

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  • Weekend Focus

    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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  • 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

    Rainbows — everywhere #Lovewins

    Washington, DC From Washington, D.C. to San Francisco, rainbows ruled. Featured image,Two happy couples celebrating today’s ruling #lovewins by John Jack Photography is part of the DC Focused flickr pool. The images below are from the DC Focused flickr pool or are flickr photos used here under a Creative Commons license. [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] New York City [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] Washington, DC [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] Washington, DC [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””]   San Francisco [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] Manhattan [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] Washington, DC [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] Washington, DC [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] San Francisco [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] Portland [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] Iowa City…

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  • Sunrises and Sunsets,  Weather

    The DC sky was simply . . . amazing

      The sky before, during and after Tuesday evening’s thunderstorm was amazing, beautiful, epic. And, we got to admit, a little creepy since this is sort of what we’ve always imagined the end times might look like. [Updated: 11:04 a.m., June 25] Featured image, Epic Sky Over National’s Park by Brian Mosley 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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  • 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…

  • Weekend Focus

    Weekend Focus: Metro moments, Jessica Alba and National Mall sunrises

      We’ve long had a love-hate relationship with DC’s Metro. Stories like this one in the WaPo don’t make us feel any better that we’ll unsuck the Metro anytime soon. But we’re eternal optimists and hope that some day we’ll have a subway system worthy of the City Beautiful. Just a few years ago who would have ever thought Jessica Alba would be hanging out on 14th Street? Featured image, Crowded Metro Center by Kevin Wolf, is part of the DC Focused flickr pool. More photos 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”…

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