November 5, 2010

Rams Vs. Warriors


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I covered the WPIAL play-off Rams versus Warriors game tonight for the Observer-Reporter. Despite being freezing and rain-like stuff falling, I survived…. Barely.

November 2, 2010

Wizards Vs. 76er's


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The grand finale of the trip was attending the Home Opener of the Wizards season, at the Verizon Center. I have never attended an NBA game before (it doesn't come up much in Pittsburgh), so I loved it.

Chinatown


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I have always loved the entrance to Chinatown, and make sure to get a new photo whenever I can.

Not Spider-Man


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After we toured the monuments, a few of the players wanted to strike cool poses with their favorites.

Team Monument


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Oops. I forgot to brighten the team up in Camera RAW. I need to go back and do that. There isn't much else to say about this photo.

Washington Monument at Dusk


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Lincoln


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I can never see this monument without thinking about the original Rhen and Stimpy cartoon where they found carmel candy corn in Lincoln's head. It allows me no other thoughts.

Lincoln (Outside)


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Reflecting Pool


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Well, my main goal of this trip was to surpass the photos I took years ago. In case you don't know, one of my first big adventures was with a friend of mine, Lisa. We went down to DC years ago for the Cherry Blossom Festival. This was shortly after I got into photography, and all I had was a film camera and two not-great kit lenses. I also had minimal skills. Having said that, I always felt that many of my best shots came from that day.

Once I went digital, and got better at photography, I started craving going back to try again. Well, I didn't get to shoot as much as I wanted (my favorite place is the Tidal Basin, but there wasn't time); however, if nothing else, this shot alone makes me feel like I truly succeeded.

I'm not sure what it breaks down to as far as what is skills, equipment, and just picking a good day, but today was a perfect blend of everything.

World War II Memorial


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I always thought that this memorial is in a good and bad location. It is hard to get a good photo of it without one of the major ones overshadowing it.

Having said that, I did get a few, but forgot to upload them to flickr, so this will hold its spot in the meantime.

Georgetown Prep


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This is the campus where the team practiced in North Bethesda.

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Past Embassy Row, on the way to Georgetown Prep, this amazing cathedral emerged from behind multi-colored leaves.

Underpass


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This photo has no significance at all, except I played through there in Fallout 3.

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I found this building on the closer side of Embassy row.

Ronald Reagan Building


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This is where we stopped for lunch after the White House, before heading to practice.

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Just a place near the White House I thought looked cool, and also another reason to justify turning my Blackberry back on.

The White House


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So, this is an interesting story.

First, you have to queue up in a pretty lengthy line of reservation only people, while being constantly reminded that you are not allowed to have a camera or even take photos with your phone.

Second, when you are done winding through the lengthy queue, you make it to the first security check-point. Here, they check your ID and if it doesn't match the name on the list exactly, or if you fell off the list, you get placed in a detention pen. Basically, this is where a bunch of people who don't speak English, and myself, have to stand for a period of time.

Third, you make it 100 feet and there is another security checkpoint that is not able to communicate with the first checkpoint at all, and they check your ID again, and possibly place you back in the detention pen.

Fourth, you get inside, and go through the metal detectors, then join the not-real-queue of non-English speaking tourists to look at about 7 empty rooms.

Lastly, you leave, try to take photos of the not-famous side of the White House, and get yelled at. Having said all that, it is a must-have experience, and actually quite enjoyable. Just don't expect to see, let alone have memories of, the famous front-side.

October 31, 2010

Dance-A-Thon


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Today, there was a Halloween Dance-A-Thon that a club I am semi-involved with was having.

October 30, 2010

CALU0317


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I thought this was an interesting play. The IUP player, with the ball, jumped over the massive huddle to score a touchdown.

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Oop


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I was sitting around waiting for the concert to start, and decided to randomly take a photo of the back of this girl's head. However, right as I went to click the shutter, she turned.

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I sadly didn't get this guy's name but he was an amazing performer. His routine was faux-magic tricks with a lot of jokes and camp.

Coal Bowl Concert


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Chirs Higby played a concert as part of the pre-game for the Second Annual Coal Bowl.

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This one made the front sports page of the Observer-Reporter's Sunday edition.

October 28, 2010

October 23, 2010

Yoga Hive


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I did some shots today after class for an article I'm working on for the Cal Times.

Schenely Park


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After yoga, I went to meander around Schenely park, which is one of my favorite places. It is that time of year to get the photos people love, but after an hour and a half of yoga, I was a bit to exhausted to wander far. Also, the trails are all being fixed.

October 16, 2010

King and Queen


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The 2010 Cal U Homecoming King and Queen: Nate Dixon and Jami Williams.

September 26, 2010

Quest For Glory: Sulphur Springs, OH


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Carle's Bratwurst


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Apparently the town of Bucksyrus, has an obsession with Bratwurst?

Tappan Lake


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Road Closures


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Failure two for the GPS was it took us in a massively closed road, and refused to recalculate. The road was closed because they are building a rather large bridge....

Dairy Jean


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So, the GPS we were using to get to Sulphur Springs, Ohio blew a fuse or something, and would only take us on the the smallest roads in the country. I didn't figure this out until it got us lost, and stuck going in circles in Stubeonville Ohio, on the way home though. So somewhere in Ohio we came across a wonderful place called the "Dairy Jean"They severed wonderful curly fries and pumpkin milkshakes. The end.

September 18, 2010

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So, I was shooting a soccer game and there is a running track that goes around it. This woman was running around the track before the game started, so I snapped a few pictures. I did do some post-processing, but it turned out well.


Also a note: If I would have been goofing around shooting her, I wouldn't have realised my camera was bumped into manual mode, and would have likely missed a few good shots of soccer. Just saying.

Soccer


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