• Cherry blossoms

    Here come the cherry blossoms: Peak bloom is (almost) here

      Peak bloom is coming. Exactly when … well, that’s another matter, entirely. The National Park Service seems to change its peak Cherry Blossom projection daily, which goes to show just how difficult it is to determine when the majority of the Yoshino cherry trees along the tidal blossom will be in bloom. The NPS first predicted peak bloom would be between March 31 and April 3 but changed the projection to between March 18 and March 23 only to change it once again to March 23 and 24. The fluctuating weather can play havoc on the projections. Here’s how the National Cherry Blossom Festival describes peak bloom: “The Peak Bloom…

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  • Events

    Lots of shiny new cars, not a lot of people at Washington Auto Show

      The first thing that struck us when we dropped in Thursday on the Washington Auto Show was the lack of crowds. The annual show is heading into its final weekend and it was dead. There were people milling about, checking out the shiny new cars but nothing close to the crowds you might expect. Snowzilla ruined the opening weekend and probably contributed to the sluggish week, overall. Some floor workers we talked to said it was even worse the day before. Of course, the silver lining is that if you like photographing cars without a lot of people hanging around in your frame, you might be in luck. [divider line_type=”Small…

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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

    Get ready for a blizzard of snow photos

      So, it begins — the avalanche of snow photos in our flickr feed. We can’t wait. Remember to stay safe and warm! And if you’re on Instagram, be sure to tag your photos #dcfocused_snow to enter our Snomaggedon 2016 Photo Contest. Featured image, Snow Train by Rob Cannon is part of our 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

    Getting their ink on at the DC Tattoo Expo

      The DC Tattoo Expo returned this year in its words “bigger and better” than ever, with hundreds of artists and thousands of aficionados coming out to Arlington to check out the vendors, shows and other activities. DC Focused photographers were also on hand to document the action. [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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  • Sports

    A rough and tumble Thanksgiving weekend with the DC Rollergirls

      Photographing roller derby in a dimly lit skating rink, adorned with disco balls and a mirrored wall? Yeah, no sweat. Give us the choice between less than ideal lighting conditions and the rough and tumble world of roller derby and, well, we’ll stay right there on the sidelines. These are some of the photos from our DC Focused Meetup group at Sunday’s DC Rollergirls scrimmage. We were lucky enough to have official DC Rollergirls photographer Pablo Raw on hand to give us some tips on the finer points of roller derby photography.  You can see the full set on Facebook.. [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small…

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  • Events,  Featured

    Flame on! Fire performers and spinners take over at Artomatic

      There’s nothing like the promise of fire-breathing performers to bring out the photo crowd. The DC Focused Meetup group crashed the Artomatic Fire Performance and Spin Jam on Saturday night. Performer Danny “Sunshine” Goldberg organized the event, which brought together local fire performers and poi spinners at the annual art event. Artomatic, which this year is being held in Hyattsville, runs until Dec. 12. Below are some of the photos from the meetup. [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…

  • Weekend Focus

    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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  • 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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  • Weekend Focus

    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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