Sunday, August 30, 2009
I first came upon the confederate camp - around the old Brawner Farm House.
They were finishing up breakfast and getting set up for the day.
I shot a few more images of this area but ... the farm house had window air conditioner units - how authentic is that?!!!
After spending a little time talking with some of the reinactors, I headed to the Union camp. They were finishing up their morning coffee and getting ready for the events of the day.
Next weekend we are off to Atlanta for some Hokie football and sightseeing fun. I'm not sure if I will be taking my big camera ... who am I kidding, of course I will be.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
The photo seems to have been cut off - perhaps a glitch in publishing to the blog directly from Flickr. To see the whole image, click on the image. But read my witty banter first!!!
We picked up our new car today, a Red 2010 Toyota Prius. Here she is all shiny and new on the Koons Tysons Toyota lot. Charles disagrees and does not think that a car has a gender - and he doesn't think that "she" should have a name. I disagree. I suspect she will have quite the personality. I will wait to figure that out before naming her. ;)
This is our salesman Don Evans. He was a great salesman. What every car salesman should be. He was not pushy. He was helpful. We really liked him and would recommend him to anyone. An added plus (for Charles): he is a Jayhawk and was in the Air Force (Charles, in addition to being a Hokie, is also a Jayhawk, and his dad was in the Air Force).
This is a grab shot that I took. These events and the people that make a difference should be memorialized!!!
Saturday, August 22, 2009
One of the first things that you see as you enter the park is the Denzel Carousel. It wasn't open yet but the building itself is very colorful - especially with a little HDR processing. Although I had to move a few trash cans out of my shot.
There are lots of neon signs around the park. I am going to have to go back at night and catch the lights on. This is the sign for the main park entrance. I shot several versions of the sign from different angles. I was stuck by how quickly the sky was changing in the background. This shot is also an HDR image.
The sky was changing for good reason. Storms were moving in and out of the area. While shooting it started to rain so I took a break in the "Cuddle Up" pavilion to wait it out. While sitting there one of the park maintenance men, John, showed up to start power washing the concrete floor. The Cuddle Up pavilion is used for all kinds of activities from performances to art classes. John had these great yellow boots and was kind enough to pose for a portrait.
I'm going to have to head back to Glen Echo because there is lots to shoot there. Lots to feed my creative spirit.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
While packing the car to head out, we noticed "Giggles." I had to get a shot of a boat named "Giggles!"
Then I noticed this larger boat and its reflection. I didn't like the background of smoke stacks (even if they did have stripes - which you can't even see in this shot) but I always love water reflections so I shifted my camera and shot the reflection. Not the best that I've ever seen but I like it.
Moral of the story: there is always something to shoot - you just have to look for it (even if you only have a few minutes to shoot).
Monday, August 17, 2009
I did get some good shots. And thank goodness for Photoshop plug-ins. At least some of the shots could be saved somewhat. If you like some of the creative stuff.
I did shoot about 80 images so it will take a little while to process them all. In the meantime ... the couple of honor - my mom and dad!!!
The morning after the party - before we all headed on our separate ways - we were able to have breakfast together - my parents - my sister and her family - and me and my family. Joe's friend Billy shot the images. Unfortunately the autofocus was not turned on and not one shot was in actual focus. I love the Topaz Simplfy filter for an artistic family portrait.
My parents. 50 Years Together ... and still very much in love!!!
Saturday, August 08, 2009
Sometimes photography needs to be silly.
I've been wanting a bubble level for my camera. I even went so far as to go to the local camera store to purchase one. But they were out. Then, one of my favorite fun photo related sites, www.Photojojo.com, had one on sale for a reasonable price (hope it is a good one). It came yesterday. In a big box about 50 times its size and included in the box was Rawwwwrrrr!!! (it actually said Rawwwwrrrr on the invoice (he was free).
Sometimes the inspiration for a photo just hits you in the face. What fun.