• Cherry blossoms

    The great, expanding #CherryBlossomDC roundup

    Whether you love going down to the tidal basin for cherry blossoms, or you stay as far away from the crowds and traffic as you can, it will all be over soon enough. Fortunately, we’ll have these terrific photos to last us all year long. We’ll be updating this post throughout the week as new photos find their way to the DC Focused flickr pool. [Final Update: April 17, 1 p.m..] Featured photo, The Perfect Frame, by Z.Lewkowicz is part of the DC Focused flickr pool. More photos from the pool below. [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] 4/11/15 dawn by Kevin Wolf [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] Blossoms at the National Arboretum by Joe Newman…

  • Weekend Focus

    Weekend Focus: Opening day, pillow fights and a boy in a cage

    We are now at T minus 1 day until peak bloom for this cherry blossom season. Good luck to all those brave souls venturing down to the tidal basin this weekend. If you’re going, make sure you’ve read our 5 essential tips on photographing cherry blossoms and if you need even more help, there’s an app for that. Featured image by DiManis is part of the DC Focused flickr pool. More images from the pool below. [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] Tamagawa University Taiko Drumming and Dancing Troupe by Victoria Pickering [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] Opening Day Flyover by Kevin Wolf [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] Happiness is a Warm Pillow by Z.Lewkowicz…

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  • Weekend Focus

    Weekend Focus: That ain’t no Love Boat

    Is it our best weekend roundup of photos ever? It would definitely make our Final Four. Whether you’re out hunting for eggs this weekend, taking in some baseball, doing the cherry blossoms thing or checking out one of The 20 Best Places to Make Out in Washington, crush it. You’ve earned this weekend. Feautred image, The USS Barry destroyer, by Joseph Gruber is part of the DC Focused flickr pool. More photos from the pool below. [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] Hands by The Amazing Mr. Ripley [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] Closer by Miki J. [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] Morning jog by Kevin Wolf [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] Sousa by Jim Havard [divider line_type=”Small…

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  • Sunrises and Sunsets

    Photo Op: D.C. Henge

    A few years ago, Neil deGrasse Tyson, inspired by Stonehenge, discussed Manhattanhenge, a spectacular phenomenon when Manhattan’s street grid is in alignment with the sunrise or sunset.  Last June, Joshua Tauberer pointed out that D.C. has a “double-henge” – when sunrise and sunset occur in alignment with a particular street. As we near the vernal equinox, the sun begins to align with more and more D.C. streets, monuments, and memorials.  For example, yesterday, sunrise and sunset aligned with Calvert Street at Connecticut Avenue for a double-henge.  Sunset on March 16th will align perfectly with the Reflecting Pool, which (surprisingly) isn’t quite parallel to Independence and Constitution Avenues.  Thanks, Senator James McMillan.…

  • Misc.

    A Crack in Time by Z. Lewkowicz

    If you look at Z. Lewkowicz’s flickr stream, you ‘ll see a lot of recent photos taken along the Anacostia River near The Yards Park. A lot of sunset photos show the river with the ballpark in the background — it’s the composition that most of us would probably be drawn to. But on a recent outing, Lewkowicz aimed his camera at the river, itself, particularly the massive cracks forming in the ice as the river thawed. The result is the stark abstract above. “When I got to editing, I realized how cool it would look to crop the photo to just the crack in the ice with the reflection…

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  • Weekend Focus

    Weekend Focus: Ready to spring forward

    DC United kicks off the 2015 season with its home opener on Saturday at 3 p.m. It’s actually a great place to bring a camera because you can often get seats close enough to the field to get some decent action shots and then, there’s always the action in the stands with the various supporters’ clubs and in Lot 8 before the game. Otherwise, with temperatures flirting with 50 degrees on Sunday, it’s time to get out and shoot some photos. Featured image by Z. Lewkowicz is part of the DC Focused flickr pool. More photos from the pool below. [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] Mirror images by John J Young…

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  • Misc.

    The last, great snow post of the year (hopefully)

    We totally surrender to the snow. No more griping. This post is about celebrating snow in all its frosty glory, like these young sledders did, defying a ban on sledding at the Capitol. And yes, that’s a reporter with a microphone next to the kids. In the business, we call that nat sound. We’ll be updating this post throughout the next day or so with photos from Thursday’s snow day. Post your photos in our flickr pool to join in. [Updated: 4:06 p.m., March 6] Featured image of Sledding on Capitol Hill by Joseph Gruber is part of the DC Focused flickr pool. More photos from the pool below. [divider…

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  • Monuments, Memorials, Statues,  Museums & Galleries,  Sunrises and Sunsets,  Weekend Focus

    Weekend Focus: Thawing out with lion dancing, roller derby

    It’s going to be downright balmy this weekend. Maybe a little rain. Maybe a little snow. But these ridiculous arctic temperatures should be behind us. So what are the best bets for photos this weekend? Probably tops on the list is the annual Lunar New Year celebration in Chinatown on Saturday Sunday. The parade starts at 2 p.m. at 6th and I Streets NW and ends at the stage at 6th and H Streets NW, where traditional lion dancing is scheduled for 3 p.m. But if standing out in the cold isn’t your idea of fun, head over to the Armory on Saturday and check out the DC Rollergirls. Doors…