How I Want You to See DC

We live in an area that is so easy to photograph, yet so difficult at the same time. Sure, anyone can point their camera at the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, or at the Capitol and come up with a decent shot, but it takes a good eye, good timing, and the right equipment to come up with that “postcard” shot.

My hope in contributing to Metroblogging DC is to highlight some of our local photographers who have what I feel it takes to come up with unique shots that make you see our town in a different light. I hope to share with you not only photos of our main attractions, but also of scenes that are off the beaten path.

For now my main photo source will be Flickr, so I encourage all of you to post your best shots to our pool for all of us to see. The shots I choose won’t necessarily be current either, I’ll be digging through the archives to see what I can turn up. Also, if you have your own photo site, I’d love to see it!

So without further ado, I’d like to start things off with this photo by Andertho:

Now some of you may be thinking, “Great. An airplane. How exciting.” Others might be thinking, “Cool shot! I like airplanes.” But there are a few basic things that make this shot of a plane departing from DCA great:

– The composition. There’s a thing in photography called “the rule of thirds” which basically means that the focal point of your photo generally looks better when it isn’t centered. The nose of this plane is in the top left third of the frame which (whether you realize it or not) does a good job at catching your eye. That isn’t to say that things should always be off center.
– The color. I’m personally a fan of very vivid, saturated colors and probably would have tweaked them in Photoshop if this were my photo, but the pink sky and the lighting of the plane really give it some punch.
– The depth of field. Some shots benefit from having as much in focus as possible, but I like how the clouds are blurred out in this shot.
– The location. Andertho got off of his couch and made an effort to get a shot that most people wouldn’t. That’s a big part of photography, the dedication it takes to go out and shoot to get that view that no one else has seen.

Enough of what I think…what about you?

7 Comments so far

  1. Doug (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 10:39 pm

    Great to have you on board Max, we’ve all been big fans of your photography for some time–and it’s nice now to have your words behind how you create such amazing images.

  2. wayan (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 11:02 pm

    I’d like to say that I love Spirit Air, the flight photographed. Unlike other carriers, you can catch flights at the last minute or one way for the same price or 1/2 price of a normal round trip bought 14 days in advance.

  3. esther (unregistered) on August 11th, 2006 @ 7:51 am

    Max, you have a great eye and you picked another great shot to post. I like the how the airplane is suspended almost like you can pick it out of the sky. i agree with you on maybe tweaking the color for a little more pop factor though. I look forward to more posts!

  4. Jenn L (unregistered) on August 11th, 2006 @ 9:24 am

    Welcome aboard, Max!

    I love how this photograph has a slightly unreal quality – acutally at first glance I thought it was an illustration. I love the color as well – how the grey and pick contrast.

    Looking forward to more of these posts!

  5. Bin_round (unregistered) on August 11th, 2006 @ 10:48 am

    I love it – someone who wants to talk about photography because he loves it. Glad to see you on board. That original post Wayan did of your sun with the flying plane was awesome. LOOking for more of your creativity.

  6. Sweet (unregistered) on August 11th, 2006 @ 11:05 am

    Yeah your photos are amazing. I’m looking forward to seeing what you dig up. As it happens I just started my own photoblog. Very amateur at this point, but I hope to learn more by doing.

  7. andertho (unregistered) on August 21st, 2006 @ 9:50 pm

    Wow, thanks so much Max for the compliment!

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