I took a little time to take a “tour” of DC. I boarded a bus and headed off. The order of the pictures is generally the order of the tour. We started at Arlington Cemetery, crossed the 14th Street Bridge and then around DC. It was a beautiful spring day, bright sunshine, not many people. I put a few of the shots into a slideshow with music. If you’d like, you could turn the speakers up a bit and enjoy a brief tour of DC.
While on the walkabout yesterday, we had a glimpse of the Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial. I took this shot from the steps of the Jefferson Memorial. Standing at the Jefferson, the MLK Jr Memorial seemed to blaze in the sunlight. When I looked at the shot on my computer, I didn’t have the same feeling until I converted the image to black and white. That sharp contrast was what I actually saw when looking at the Memorial. Kyle didn’t feel well enough to walk around the Tidal Basin so we will have to wait for another time. Frankly, however, I am not sure that would improve the shot’s perspective.
Kyle and I went on a walkabout in DC. Just for a few minutes. He was hurt last week and can’t watch TV or play games or read until he is a little better. So since he can’t go to school, I drove downtown and we spent a few minutes at the Jefferson Memorial. I actually had two cameras with me–one was an old Nikon FILM camera with Black and White. Wasn’t sure it was going to work and guess what…it didn’t. But the camera put me in the mood for “film.” So I had Kyle pose next to one of the columns at the Memorial and then converted to this stylized film like cast. He was worn out so we ate a quick dog and went home. Looking at the shot, it could be a Nike ad. Of course, they would probably want to charge me for having the logo on my site. I took a couple of more, am adding them late. We were in a parking lot below the 14th St bridges. This is of the metro rail bridge. I do love bridges…symbols for crossing, protection, hiding… Again, converted to film with contrast.
On a short walkabout in New Mexico, I boarded a tram and went to the top of Sandia Peak. T’was very cold, 15 degrees! But the views were spectacular and I wished I had brought my “big camera” but…I didn’t think I’d have time. Riding up the tram I sort of expected that James Bond would show up and jump from tram to tram. But no such luck. There was a bar and restaurant at the top. We spent a little time at the top and I definitely needed to have an O2 hit! But I had fun seeing the sites. This is a shot of the tram with Albuquerque in the background.
I just can’t get out to a walkabout! So…here I am in the backyard again at sunrise. I probably have the same shot, different year, someplace on this blog. I would guess within a week all of these trees will be green. The cherry blossoms are at their peak and since I am on travel next week, I will have missed them again!! This is my low end mid-range lens (I don’t have the high end). It’s the 24-85 and I actually like the lens because of the small size. I can carry the set anywhere and not look like I just dropped off a paparazzi bus. This is ISO320, 50mm, f/4.5, 1//400. I am going to work in a few minutes and will take the camera with me, that’s as close to a walkabout I will get this weekend. Sigh. Whimper. Whine.
Sitting on the back deck in 80 degree weather in March!! Who would think this was possible. The birds (and the pollen) are out in force. I took my camera out to see if I could capture some of the woodpeckers but instead found this Red Tailed hawk. Amazing.