Sunday, March 22, 2009

Spring Weekend!

I had been looking forward to the weekend since it ushered in the Spring season. The weather was sunny and between 50 and 60 degrees over the weekend, which was welcomed after having colder weather for awhile. I wanted to get together a photo jaunt for Saturday the 21st at National Harbor. It's a new season and a new town, so it was great for exploration. I had never been to the National Harbor before, but after hearing about it and seeing the website, it sounded like a great place to photograph. Besides, I knew that the Awakening Statue was moved over there from Hains Point and wanted to see it at it's new home.

We had 19 people come out for the photo jaunt, with some people joining us later on. We started our jaunt by the Awakening Statue and then went out on the docks where the water taxis come and go. Just before lunch several us went to the Visitor Center which has a scaled model of the National Harbor. It was so cool looking at the detail of it and taking pictures of it. At Noon we had lunch at Potbelly Sandwich Works, which currently seems like the least expensive place to eat there. After lunch we stopped by Art Whino to check out some art and get some inspiration. Then we went to the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center which was felt like a town within a botanical garden. It's such a cool place to walk around. Then we went along the shore and got back to where we started our jaunt. It was a great time and I hope everyone who went was inspired and learned something new about photography.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Shamrock Fest 2009

The National Shamrock Fest is touted as the largest and most exciting St. Patrick's Day festival on the East Coast. It's held on the grounds of RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. It's a full day of music featuring more than 50 live bands and DJs. Rock, Irish, Reggae, Retro and Folk music sounds permeate the air and revelers in green come out to party around the 40 acres of space set aside for this massive event. This was my first time at the event, so I was looking forward to experiencing it.

Despite the forecast of drizzling rainy weather, many people came out. I met up with a group of people for lunch at The Ugly Mug in the Eastern Market area of D.C. After a satisfying lunch, we took the metro to RFK just two stops down and joined the masses. The rain kept coming down and the people kept pouring in to the festival. It was fun just to see the way everyone was dressed, and it was certainly a cultural event with lots to capture on camera. I was able to hear several songs performed by a band called Mr. Green Jeans, and one of the more memorable songs played was Bohemian Rhapsody. It was quite the audience.

I had to leave in the afternoon, but I had seen and captured quite a lot. We'll see about next year.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Busy February , March On

It's been awhile since I've blogged, as the past few weeks have been very busy for me, but I'm glad to back to blogging. I'm finishing up some photos from a wedding I photographed and plan to get those out this weekend. I'm looking forward to this Saturday with Shamrock Fest at RFK Stadium in DC.

I was reading Scott Kelby's blog today and saw that David Ziser kicked off a nationwide tour called “Digital Wake-up Call” A New Dawn. David is an internationally-renowned wedding photographer. His seminar looks impressive and he'll be in DC on October 15. It's good to keep learning and to place yourself in the midst of other photographers in community. Keep on.