• Dispatches

    Dispatches: A pleasant summer in Minnesota & a recipe for Swedish egg coffee

    Summertime is pleasant in Minnesota. Having spent most of my adult life sweating through sticky DC summers the thought of a comfortable summer had never really crossed my mind until my partner and I decided to spend the season in Minnesota. Working from home has many advantages and a big one is having the flexibility to pick up and leave–that’s what we did this summer (and extended into the fall). Turns out Minnesota is also a good place to take a break from DC politics. It’s been a summer spent exploring new places as well as seeking out some of Minnesota’s roadside attractions with my trusty Roadside America app. Much of…

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    At 100 years old, the National Park Service is looking marvelous

    To celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service, we asked members of the DC Focused photography community to share their favorite image and memory from a national park. Of course, some of our members were quick to point out that the NPS does far more than manage America’ 59 national parks. It also oversees many national monuments, historic places and, of course, the National Mall here in D.C. While the images are stunning, what we love about these photos are the memories they evoke and the emotions associated with them. To the men and women who help protect and preserve our shared heritage, thank you…

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  • Dispatches

    Dispatches: Anger & Grief in St Paul Minnesota

    The morning after Philando Castile was killed in his car after being pulled over by police for a broken tail light in the Falcon Height neighborhood of St Paul, Minnesota, a protest rally was held at the Governor’s residence on Summit Avenue in St Paul. Diamond Reynolds, Castile’s girlfriend, who shot the iPhone footage after Philando had been shot was at the rally and spoke to the crowd, “He was loving, he was caring.” Since then, there has been an ongoing presence of protestors in front of the residence as well as a number of rallies in and around St. Paul. Over the weekend, I went back to the Governor’s residence and to…

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  • Dispatches

    Dispatches: Colorful Explorations in Austin

    A long weekend in Austin paired with a rental bike was a fortunate break from DC’s streak of cloudy, rainy spring days. My explorations took me all over the city on little journeys to photograph a bit of Austin’s creative colorfulness. With a “major fun” recommendation from my trusty Roadside America app, Vince Hannemann’s Cathedral of Junk in South Austin does not disappoint. Hidden in his suburban backyard is Vince’s wonderful towering creation that he started building in 1988. You could wander through for days and continue to make new discoveries. When faced with the inevitable question of why, Vince’s basic explanation is the answer of a true artist with a…

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  • Featured,  Pic Five

    Our #DCFocused_tinyshot challenge proves it’s a small, small world, after all

    [nectar_dropcap color=””]O [/nectar_dropcap]ur photography challenge this month was inspired by Lorie Shaull’s miniature figurine photo shoot, which, in turn, was inspired by Slinkachu’s The Little People Project. The challenge was to grab an action figure, toy or trinket and get creative with forced perspective, bokeh and depth of field. There’s almost no way not to have fun with this challenge, which is obvious from the responses to this assignment. Here are some of our favorites, which were posted in the DC Focused Facebook group. 1. Pablo Raw | Godzilla on the Rampage   Pablo took his Godzilla toy (with movable limbs!) to the National Mall where he let it loose on…

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  • Protests

    Democracy & Demonstrations on The Hill

    It was a busy Monday morning on Capitol Hill with continued Democracy Spring demonstrations & arrests at the Capitol as well as enough demonstrators at the Supreme Court for police to block off First Street between SCOTUS and The Capitol. This morning the Supreme Court heard the immigration case, United States v. Texas. For some good explainers on the case (it’s complicated) take a look at Vox and SCOTUS Blog. I’ve photographed a fair amount of demonstrations at the Supreme Court & I always like getting to see the handmade creations that protesters bring to make their point. Both events didn’t disappoint as far as creativity is concerned; the giant…

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  • I-have-a-dream
    Cherry blossoms,  Macro Photography,  Monuments, Memorials, Statues

    Out on a Limb

    This year as cherry blossom season rolled around I decided to try something a little different…with an emphasis on ‘little.’  When I first saw street artist, Slinkachu’s ingenious photographs of little people out in the world I think I was maybe equal parts charmed and jealous. What a great idea! Why didn’t I think of that?!? Since Slinkachu started photographing little people in 2006 a whole slew of photographers have been charmed into their own little photography projects.  There are a number of Flickr groups dedicated to them and some truly ingenious work with little people and big food by photographer Christopher Boffoli. Following in the tiny footprints of all the little…

  • Events

    Inside AIPAC

    Much of my interest in photography and videography comes from a curiosity about getting to explore what goes on behind the scenes. When I was able to get media credentials to photograph at AIPAC via PoPville, I had the opportunity to get a closer look at the candidates and check it all out from inside the Verizon Center. The conference was well-run and organized–so well organized that, as photographers, we weren’t able to move very far from press locations and escorted visits down to the floor while speakers were on stage. My photos of the event are inside those parameters.  Of course, after hearing that Trump had decided to speak, I…

  • Weekend Focus

    Weekend Focus: Flight of the birds, snow caps and a urinal

      Hopefully, you’re surviving winter’s last gasp. Hang in there. Warm weather and spring is just around the corner. If you’re in Virginia and looking for events to photograph, you can get an early start on the St. Patrick’s Day festivities with Alexandria’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. And not to be out done, Annapolis is hosting its own Irish Festival. Featured image, Navy Yard – Old 933 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=””]…

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  • Events,  Protests

    Supreme Court hears challenge to Texas abortion law

      Supreme Court justices heard arguments in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, one of the most significant abortion rights cases to come before the Court in years. At issue is a Texas law that regulates facilities that perform abortions. If a lower court ruling is upheld, the law would effectively force the closure of all but 6 of the 40 facilities in the state where women can get abortions. You can learn more about the case here. [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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  • Weather

    Scenes from last night’s crazy storm

      Wednesday’s violent storm ripped through the DMV right around rush hour, making it an ugly commute for a lot of folks. Of course, it also offered photographers a chance to capture some gripping images. Featured image, commute by Kevin Wolf 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=””]

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  • Architecture,  Events

    DC bids farewell to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

      These are photos from Friday when Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s body was brought to the U.S. Supreme Court where it lay in repose overnight. His funeral was Saturday. Featured image © Tapan Bhargava was posted to the DC Focused Facebook group. More images from DC Focused community members below. [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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