• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Events

    Cupid’s Undie runners throw caution to the wind chill factor

      People running through downtown in their underwear in 20 degree weather (colder with the windchill factor)? It would be difficult not getting a great picture at Cupid’s Undie Run, which raises money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Our DC Focused Meetup group members, however, had the added challenge of submitting only four images each that told the story of the event — a portrait, an action shot, a candid moment and a detail shot. [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] Victoria Pickering | @vpickering [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Full Width Line” custom_height=””] Kaitlin K. Walsh | @barefootkait [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small…

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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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  • Weekend Focus

    Weekend Focus: Sunsets, birds and a man on a walk

      Apparently, there’s a big football game this weekend. Featured image, Washington by Davo Muttiah, 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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  • Architecture

    Tips on photographing buildings

    As we are in the middle of our self-declared Brutalism Week (details on it), we wanted to share some tips on how to take interesting photographs of buildings. 1. Go for something different Most buildings in D.C. have been photographed thousands of times.  For a different photo, look for an interesting juxtapostion, like Rob Cannon did when photographing the historic Franklin School: or this capture by Beau Finley:   2. It’s all in the details Building details can make great compositions:   3. Add people People can add interest or a sense of scale when photographing buildings: Or add pigeons:   4. Look for reflections There are often interesting reflections…

  • 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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  • 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

    Should old acquaintance be forgot: A look back at our favorite images of 2015

      2015 was an amazing year for photography in DC — from historic moments seen by millions to those little moments like the one above that you just happen upon. We asked members of the DC Focused community to show us their favorite images from the last year and to tell us why. What they showed us drives home a point that we believe is at the heart of why so many of us love photography. Our favorite images are often more than beautiful photos — they show us a deeper connection between photograph and photographer. It’s the moment that really matters — it’s how capturing that image made us feel at the time and how the…

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  • Uncategorized

    Love the beach but hate the sand? Head to the National Building Museum

      With its Corinthian columns inspired by Michelangelo, and a Great Hall modeled on Rome’s Palazzo della Cancelleria, the National Building Museum atrium is one of DC’s most majestic and elegant spaces. It has hosted inaugural balls from President Cleveland through President Obama, and now, in perhaps its most photogenic role yet, it is the site of a hugely popular ball pit. The National Building Museum’s immersive art installation “The Beach” covers 10,000 square feet, including a 50-foot-wide shoreline, and an “ocean” of almost one million translucent plastic balls. The umbrellas, chairs, walls, and balls are all monochromatic, but when the Beach is filled to capacity with 400 people in their bright summer clothes, it’s a…