• 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…

  • 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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  • Featured,  Meetups,  Nature

    Spending a chilly weekend with Assateague’s wild ponies

      Camping out on Assateague Island National Seashore in March is always a roll of the dice. You might end up with great spring weather … and you might end up under a foot of snow. The recent DC Focused outing to Assateague probably fell somewhere in between. Temperatures dipped into the 40s but the windchill made it a lot worse. Still, we were there for the ponies and they didn’t disappoint. The 48,000 acre National Seashore is on the Maryland coast, just south of Ocean City, and about a two and half hour drive from the district. From the National Park Service: “Human activities also exert a strong influence Assateague’s natural…

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  • Protests

    Donald Trump pays the District a visit; DC is not impressed

      Protestors at the annual AIPAC conference are nothing new. This year, however, there was the added element of the not-quite-yet presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump making his first visit to the District this year. But unlike most of his campaign stops where he whips his supporters into a lather, Trump got a mixed reception from the bipartisan pro-Israel lobby group. There were no major disruptions reported during his speech as has often happened on the campaign trail. Instead, the protests happened outside as a small group of protestors waved signs and chanted as conference goers made their way into the Verizon Center. [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line”…

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  • Macro Photography,  Meetups

    It’s always sunny in the Butterfly Pavilion

      While we’d much rather be down in Central America photographing butterflies in the wild, hanging out at the Butterfly Pavilion in the National Museum of Natural History ain’t so bad on a cold afternoon. The DCFocused Meetup group gathered at the Pavilion this past weekend to do some macro photography. If you go: Bring a macro lens for best results. Macro lenses allow you to get within a couple inches of your subject. However, you can get great shots with any lens or camera (even a camera phone). While there’s plenty of light in the Pavilion, using a flash can help. If you’re able to go with a friend, and…

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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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  • 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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  • 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…

  • 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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  • Events

    High heels, lipstick and a whole lot of strutting at Dupont’s annual drag race

      The 17th Street High Heel Race returned to the Dupont Circle neighborhood Tuesday night bringing thousands out for one of the city’s most cherished Halloween week traditions. The race is really secondary to the festive parade of high-heeled men in drag and costumes who walk up and down 17th Street before the race, posing for pictures with fans and otherwise strutting their stuff. [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] #highheelrace is fabulous madness. A photo posted by Madeline Marshall (@maddiepmarshall) on Oct 27, 2015 at 6:51pm PDT [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””]   The legs of a… man dressed as a woman. Delila B. Lee in red…

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