• Uncategorized

    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,  Featured,  Nature

    Dispatches: Death Valley National Park & The Alabama Hills

      [nectar_dropcap color=””]L [/nectar_dropcap]ast month, I flew out to Las Vegas for 3 nights of photography. It had been a long while since I took a trip dedicated to photography! As a new father, my world turned upside down and I found it to be much harder to spend extended time away from home. Every moment is so special and I find it hard to be away to miss even the slightest thing. But being out in the environment and doing photography helps me clear my head and mind when the rush of life overwhelms me. Taking the time to travel and explore is worth it for me. I had…

  • Cherry blossoms,  Featured

    One last (maybe) look back at #CherryBlossomsDC 2016

      This year, I probably went out for cherry blossoms more than I had any previous year that I can remember. I woke up for a few sunrises, stayed for a few sunsets, and spent some time exploring during the day. As a landscape photographer, there is a fine line between capturing what is presented to you (in weather, blooms, people) and creating something with what you have. Lately, I have been focusing on the latter — trying to create an image given the available elements. Sometimes those elements are inherently beautiful, and therefore popular. Think a blazing orange and pink sunrise – not many people wake up for those,…

  • Cherry blossoms

    Our giant, expanding 2016 #CherryBlossomsDC Roundup

      The cherry blossoms are back, which means it’s time once again for our super-sized cherry blossom photography roundup. Better than last year? You be the judge. But one thing that we will say based on the great contributions to the DC Focused flickr pool is that, perhaps (just perhaps), the reports of flickr’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Want to join the fun? Add your cherry blossom photo to our flickr pool. And be sure to check out the DC Focused Guide to Cherry Blossoms. [Updated: 1:10 a.m., March 30] [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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  • 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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  • Weekend Focus

    Weekend Focus: Saying farewell

      Somewhat lost in the aftermath and digging out from Snowzilla this week was the passing of Concepcion Picciotto, who had held her peace vigil in front of the White House since 1981. If you’ve photographed the front of the White House, then you’ve seen her ramshackle tent and protest signs calling for world peace and nuclear disarmament. Ms. Picciotto died Jan. 25 at a facility run by N Street Village. We’re not likely to see someone with her perseverance pass our way again. RIP Concepion Picciotto. Featured image, RIP Connie by Bill, is part of the DC Focused flickr pool. More images from the pool below. [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””]…

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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”…

  • Weekend Focus

    Weekend Focus: A boy, a dog and a marshmallow snowman

      Our weekend photo roundup returns from our holiday break with a sweet mix of portraits, action, street, landscape and bokeh. As far as photo ops for this weekend, it’s time for the annual “no pants” ride on the Metro. It’s this Sunday at 3 p.m. on a Metro car near you. You’ve been warned. Featured image, pipe smoking man by Jamelle Bouie, 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…

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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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  • Weekend Focus

    Weekend Focus: Winter is coming but, for now, enjoy this weather

      Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so that means it’s time for the National Harbor tree lighting on Saturday night. Of course. After all, in the immortal words of Ned Stark, “Winter Holiday Festivals are coming.” If you have an Instagram account, then you’ve probably been seeing the flood of photos in your feed this week from the Renwick Gallery. The photos have been amazing but now all of us who didn’t get invites to the pre-opening festivities can visit the Renwick, as well. And if you haven’t checked out FotoWeekDC, what are you waiting for? The week-long festival draws to close this weekend. Featured image, Sunset at the Martin Luther King…

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  • Weekend Focus

    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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  • Dispatches

    Dispatches: Finding artistic inspiration in the Great Sand Dunes

      Photography is a journey. You’re most likely a different photographer today than you were five years. Skills are refined. Styles evolve. Interests change. Navin Sarma talks about his journey as a landscape photographer in a recent post on his website. He says that journey is evident in these photos, which he took on a recent trip to Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes National Park. They reflect the maturation of his style from a landscape photographer chasing grand, dramatic scenes to a fine art photographer who concentrates on “lines and shapes, however large or small.” But Sarma says he couldn’t have gotten to this point without first having chased the images that…