Count On Me

I’ve wanted to shoot this abacus for a long time.  The bright colors surrounded by the natural wooden frame really draws my eye.  I hadn’t photographed anything for about a week, so I set up a backdrop on the kitchen counter and fired off a few frames, this was my favorite.  No HDR this time, just a slight inverted S curve to separate the blue beads from the background (a blue shirtbox lid), and a mild vignette.

The Concorde

Tonight I dug into the archives for a trip to the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center.  I love this place!  My kids love it as much as I do, so it makes for a great Saturday outing. I could wander around for hours looking at planes, reading descriptions, and taking photos.  The planes make a great subject for HDR photography, and the hanger environment has a tremendous amount of background detail that really pops with careful tonemapping.  If your ever in northern Virginia, drop me a line and maybe we can take an excursion.

WPA Plaque, Thomas, WV

Thomas is a small (really small) town at the base of West Virginia’s eastern panhandle. Like a lot of mining and railroad towns in the region, the Great Depression all but rolled up the sidewalks in the early 1930s. I’m not sure if this wall served a greater purpose in 1938, but today it still keeps the northbound side of Rt. 32 from sliding down onto the southbound side.

Lil Red Ford

Every Saturday evening at the Burger King near the Manassas airport they come out.  The folks of Bull Run Street Rods show up to show off their rides.  There’s everything from antiques to brand new, fresh off the showroom floor cars and trucks, and owners only to too happy to tell you all about them.   Add a BK burger and shake and you’ve got a great evening.  The only problem is deciding which one to shoot next!