• Celebrations,  Festivals,  Music

    Let the beat funk you up — music festival is big part of parade’s fun

    The Funk Parade is sort of a misnomer. While a raucous parade down U Street is certainly the eponymous moment of the day, the day-long event is as much free music festival as it is parade. The bands played at 12 stages and performance areas during the day and 15 venues into the night — and DC Focused photographers were at most of them. Be sure to check out our Music Project for bonus coverage. Featured image © 2016 Jeffrey Morris. Chelsey Green © Clif Burns The Ron Holloway Band © Zack Lewkowicz Reesa Renee © Sean Kennedy Lucky So & Sos © Rob Cannon Nappy Riddem © Joe Newman Funk Ark © Zack…

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  • 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…

  • Music

    #DCFocused Pic 5: Introducing the Music Project

    Of all the different photography niches, concert photography is one of the more challenging, mostly because of the light, which is constantly changing and often not very good. Yet, it’s also one of the most exciting kinds of photography because of the energy of the performers and crowd, and, well, it’s as close as most of us will ever get to being rock stars. We’re using today’s Pic 5 to introduce the DCFocused Music Project. The project’s goal is to chronicle the DMV’s vibrant music scene, introduce readers to music they might not otherwise know and offer an outlet for local concert photographers. Check out the Music Project and get in touch…

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  • Weekend Focus

    Weekend Focus: We’re doing the double double Dutch

      This is one of those days where we really appreciate DC’s amazing photography community. The photos in our flickr pool were amazing. The featured image is actually a self portrait that frequent contributor Zack Lewkowicz did at the Lincoln memorial. Here’s his description: “This is a back facing self portrait I took last night behind the Lincoln Memorial. To the left is the Arlington Memorial bridge and to the right is Rosslyn,VA. I used a 10s shutter release to give me time to jump down from Lincoln and get in frame. Then I stood still for 20s to get the full exposure. I can’t believe how well this turned…

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  • Weekend Focus

    Weekend Focus: Passing through the wormhole

      We woke up this morning to temps in the 70s. Did we somehow end up in San Diego overnight? Enjoy it because it won’t last. Featured image, Classical DC by John J Young, 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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  • Celebrations,  Fourth of July

    Scenes from DC’s Fourth of July Celebration

      There’s nothing like the Fourth of July in DC to remind us what we hold dearest: Life, Liberty and the pursuit of the three-day weekend. We hope you enjoyed your Independence Day. Featured Image, Party On, Uncle Sam by Geoff Livingston, is part of the DC Focused flickr pool.  [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=””] Light Show by Michael T. Ruhl [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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  • Celebrations,  Festivals,  Parades

    Say it loud and proud DC: Scenes from Capital Pride

    We love the Capital Pride Parade and Festival because it’s one of those weekends where this ladder-climbing, suit-wearing, self-important city lets its hair down. And because you get such wonderful photo opportunities. Featured image, Freedom – Pride 2015  by Pablo Raw, 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=””] Freedom – Pride 2015 by Pablo Raw [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: Bugs, big boats and beautiful sunsets

    We hope you’ve rested up because it’s the weekend, and not just any weekend, but Capital Pride weekend. But before you do anything else, be sure to check out Victoria’s tips on shooting Saturday’s Pride Parade in DuPont Circle. You can see the schedule of events here. The question that is weighing heavily on our minds is whether there’s enough time this weekend to photograph the parade and festival and still make it up to Bawlmer for Hon Fest. Life is cruel. Also, if you were one of the lucky few who scored a ticket to the Prince concert at the Warner Theater on Sunday, take a picture for us, will…

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  • Weekend Focus

    Weekend Focus: Smile like it’s Friday (because it is)

      It’s Memorial Day weekend and you’re either out of town at the shore or some other wonderful location enjoying the tranquility. Or you’re here, where peace and quiet will be in short supply. It’s that weekend of the year where thousands upon thousands of motorcycles, each apparently with their mufflers removed, descend on the district. Well, at least our friends at the Capital Weather gang are predicting that we’re going to have amazing weather this weekend. We suppose it’s better to have Rolling Thunder in town than actual thunder. Featured image, happy, muddy child, by Kevin Wolf is part of the DC Focused flickr pool. More photos from the…

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  • Weekend Focus

    Weekend Focus: Getting down with dandelions

      So how does the old wives tale go? If you can blow all of the seeds off a dandelion in one breath your wish comes true? It’s the weekend, take a deep breath and give it your best shot. What will you wish for? Of course, with it also being Horton Hears a Who Day, you might want to listen closely before you blow. [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=””] Funk Parade 2015 by Jeffrey Morris [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line”…

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  • Events

    Vintage WWII aircraft take a victory lap over DC

    Just past high noon on Friday, a makeshift squadron of World War II-era fighters and bombers flew across the National Mall to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Allied victory in Europe. The Arsenal of Democracy flyover brought out thousands of spectators, including many DC Focused contributors. Be sure to click the links to see higher resolution versions of the images. Featured image, The Missing Man formation by Victoria Pickering is part of the DC Focused flickr pool. More photos from the pool below. missing man by Beau Finley [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] #ww2flyover, by John Sonderman  [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] Arsenal of Democracy. WWII Victory Flyover by John Jack…

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  • Weekend Focus

    Weekend Focus: After the bloom

    We survived another cherry blossom season. For the blossoms that gave us such great photos this past week, we salute you. And with the blossoms falling and the multitudes departing, it’s time to wander down to the National Mall for the Earth Day Concert, where you shouldn’t expect any crowds at all. Or not. Featured image, Blanket of Blossoms, by Nathan Jones is part of the DC Focused flickr pool. More images from the pool below. Emancipation Day 2015 by Victoria Pickering [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] Airport waiting by Kevin Wolf [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] Requiem for the Cherry Blossoms by Geoff Livingston [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] Float Away by…

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