Miss DC Pageant – Don’t Mind if I do

The 2014 Miss DC Contestants wait for final tally
Shutter: 1/640, Aperture: ƒ/2.8, ISO: 1600, Lens: 15mm

As you’re aware, I absolutely love shooting the Miss America pageant, but I longed to get in on a more individual level, so I reached out to the people behind the Miss District of Columbia pageant to see if I could shoot this one. The winner from this night’s event would then go to Atlantic City in September to compete for the title of Miss America. The first added bonus of shooting a local pageant is getting to tell the winner that we’ll meet up again at the big pageant. I love knowing someone on the other side of the ropes. Also, this is the first time I had images published on our local NBC affiliate. I had to pick out fifteen images from the entire night to tell the whole story. Click below for more.

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Playing “Journalist” on the Red Carpet

Katherine McPhee
Shutter: 1/320, Aperture: f/1.8, Lens: 18-35mm, ISO: 640 (no flash)

I’ve shot several celebrity news events before, like Miss America and various press conferences, but this was my first A List Celebrity Red Carpet job. Hollywood came to DC this past weekend for the annual White House Correspondents Dinner. If you’re not aware, it’s a once a year event where real celebrities come rock out with local “celebrities” and listen to the President riff on himself and others. I got credentialed to shoot the Netflix/Google Pre Party on Friday night. I decided to go for a unique look to my coverage and even had a run-in with “real” journalists! You know, at a red carpet event. Click below for more.

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Paper bag challenge

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Shutter: 15 seconds, Aperture: f/5.6, Lens: 18-35mm, ISO: 6400

This week’s challenge was to take a photo of a paper bag using only one light source. We could do whatever we wanted as long as you could still tell it was a paperbag, and we used only one light. Also, preferably in a manner never done before. Above is my take. I did a long exposure of a life sized glow-in-the-dark skull. The only light source was the light coming off of the skull. Click below for the set-up.

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Photo Challenge: Shoot from the Hip

Ascension
Shutter: 1/80, Aperture: f/6.3, Lens: 15mm, ISO: 100

Our latest photo challenge in my local Lens Group was to nab a great photo, shooting from the hip. To take it further, we instituted a “no chimping” rule. Meaning you can’t look at what you shot, until you got home and unloaded all the photos on your computer. This was a challenge to force us to think about composition and timing, by stepping outside our normal methods. Click below to see my thought process.

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GroupLove & I got a “bucket-list” photo!

Christian Zucconi
Shutter: 1/400, Aperture: f/1.8, Lens:18-35mm, ISO: 1600

This is my second time shooting Grouplove, as they headlined the New Years Eve party I shot two years ago. I loved the energy and enthusiasm they brought to their show, and I wanted the chance to capture that in a proper club setting. I got some great stuff, but I finally nabbed one of my elusive “bucket list” items. Ever since I started shooting concerts, I was convinced you could not get a kick-ass photo of someone on a keyboard. Then I saw this shot and realized that I had just simply given up, and it was still achievable. So for the last two years I’ve been trying to get a great photo of keyboardist. And I think I finally nailed it. This was an itch that was too tough to scratch, but I got it. Apparently you need smoke and lights. Check out the rest of my shots from this show below.

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Shooting the Neighbourhood in B&W only

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Shutter: 1/80, Aperture: f/1.8, Lens: 18-35mm, ISO: 6400

I had the pleasure of shooting The Neighbourhood again last week. You probably know their songs Sweater Weather and Afraid. I shot them once before as they opened for Imagine Dragons earlier this summer. So here they are headlining their own tour, and they had a very unusual request that I had never heard before. Black and white photos only. This was written on my pass envelope and conveyed to me in email. So all of my photos are in b&w. It doesn’t matter too much, as their set was very spartan, and the lights were only white spots anyway. After going through all of my photos, I don’t think I got anything that would only work in color. I’m actually pleased with a quite a few of these, let’s check it out.

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National Zoo with a 100-400mm f/5.6

Om nom nom nom
Shutter: 1/160, Aperture: f/5.6, Lens: 100-400mm, ISO: 6400

I rented the Canon 100-400mm f/5.6 for some wildlife photography this weekend. My travels took me to the National Zoo in Washington DC. This is my favorite shot from the day. The golden tamarins are my favorite animal at the zoo (especially when the red pandas are off getting prepped for breeding). I love the expression and moment that I captured (it’s hard, these guys scamper off very quickly), and the colors complement each other great. This was my first time shooting at 400mm, so let’s see what I got.

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Abandoned National Capital Trap and Skeet Club

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Shutter: 1/30, Aperture: f/1.8, Lens: 18-35mm, ISO: 6400

I, ahem, had some unscheduled time off from work back in October, so I set out to do some exploring during the day. In my research online I heard about the National Capital Trap and Skeet Club. It used to be a club where people would take rifles and shoot at clay pigeons. There were some structures there succumbing to neglect, and would make for some cool pics. So I grabbed my 18-35mm and decided to check it out.

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80s Photo Shoot

Bubble trio
Shutter: 1/100, Aperture: f/7.1, Lens: 18-35mm, ISO: 1000

White Flint Mall, just outside of Washington DC is on its way to becoming abandoned. Right now there are only two or three stores left in the entire mall, but a scheduled closing date has not been set. So you can go there and walk around a completely empty mall. It’s open to the public, and there were surprisingly, a handful of people walking around, but otherwise you have the mall to yourself. So naturally I wanted to set up a photoshoot there. Check it out.

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DC Landmark Photography Challenge

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Shutter: 1/60, Aperture: f/2.8, Lens: 15mm, ISO: 6400

My local lens group had an assignment this week; take a photo of any well-known DC landmark that’s been photographed a million times, and produce an image that is completely new and unique. The challenge? You have to still be able to instantly recognize the locale. No fair taking a photo of just one brick of the Washington Monument. So I went into our trusty Metrorail system to come up with something new. The above image was practice, click below to see my official entry, and what I learned along the way.

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DIY lighting set up for food


Shutter: 1/125, Aperture: f/1.8, Lens: 50mm, ISO: 400

I am putting together a layout featuring employee recipes for my office’s internal magazine. I needed to take a quick photo of this poundcake, but I didn’t bring my flash, remote triggers, reflector, or any type of studio lighting with me today. So I set up a mini studio in our conference room to try and get a glamour shot of the cake. Check out the set-up below.

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Motorcycle Show at the Convention Center


Shutter: 1/50, Aperture: f/1.8, Lens: 18-35mm, ISO: 320

I took my son to the DC Motorcycle Show. Much like the auto show, all the major bike manufacturers show off all the new models, but there was also an impressive showing of sweet custom bikes. Then we took in the local School of Rock concert, and this awesome (indoor!) XDL Street Jam stunt show.

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More human than human – Shooting Rob Zombie

Rob Zombie
Shutter: 1/80, Aperture: f/2.8, Lens: 15mm, ISO Speed: 1600

Just a few days after shooting GWAR I got to go back to 9:30 Club and shoot Rob Zombie, another great show for spectacle. As an added bonus, I was joined by friend and photographer Joshua Hoover. It was cool getting to take ownership of the pit, and check out the pics he got the same time I was shooting. Click below for more.

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Gwar!

Balsac the Jaws of Death
Shutter: 1/40, Aperture: f/2.0, ISO: 1600, Lens: 18-35mm

I finally got to shoot GWAR. This shock-rock band has been kicking ass for almost 30 years. They’re even quasi-local (they’re based out of Richmond) but I’ve never gotten to one of their shows before now. I had heard the stories, and I had to photograph this spectacle. I got some protective gear and dove right in. Prepare to have your face melted.

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J Roddy Walston and the Business

J Roddy Walston
Shutter: 1/200, Aperture: f/1.4, Lens: 50mm, ISO: 1600

I got to photograph J Roddy Walston and the Business at 9:30 Club the other week. I was quite surprised at how much they rocked, as I was not very familiar with their sound. They put on a great show, and gave me some great scenes to shoot. This photo of J Roddy is now one of my favorite Rock photos. Check out my pics below.
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Spotted a hawk

Full body
Shutter: 1/400, Aperture: f/2.8, Lens: 70-200mm, ISO: 100

Serendipity! I have seen this hawk (or one just like it) all over my town, but I never have my camera when I see him. Or I do have my camera, but the whole family is on the way to an event and my wife won’t let me pull over and try to get a picture. A few days ago I was driving and spotted the hawk on the side of the road. He was flapping his wings but not flying, so I thought he was injured. I dashed home to grab my gear and came back. It was at least ten minutes, but he was still there. So I called Animal Control and started clicking away.

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Bow down before the one you serve. Nine Inch Nails

Nine Inch Nails
Shutter: 1/8000, Aperture: f/2.0, Lens: 50mm, ISO: 1600

I loved shooting Nine Inch Nails at Verizon Center. I don’t have a ton to say about the experience, but I got some cool shots. I have to tell you Trent Reznor has certainly still “got it.” He’s looking pretty good for 48. Click below for more.
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It was a– nice day for a– white wedding

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Shutter: 1/100, Aperture: f/5.6, Lens: 70-200 mm, ISO: 100

Typically I don’t do weddings. I love being a rock and roll/ monster truck, type of shooter; but a very good friend of mine was getting married, and I really wanted to shoot it. I knew if I was only there as a guest, I’d get agitated watching the hired photog walking around. I knew that I’d also be overly critical of the photos when we finally got to see them. I had the opportunity to shoot another good friend’s wedding a little over a year ago, but I was nervous I’d be over my head so I politely declined. This time around I felt a lot more confident, and was ready to give it another go. Check out how I did, below.

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PEARL JAM

Eddie Vedder
Shutter: 1/200, Aperture: f/2.8, Lens: 70-200mm, ISO: 4000

I’m getting a little out of order here, but I didn’t want to forget any details about my Pearl Jam shoot. Anyway, Pearl Jam. Pearl Jam. Arguably the biggest band of the nineties, and still selling out arenas. They’re still juggernauts, and this was their first show in Baltimore in their 23 years as a band. This is the biggest show I’ve shot. Even the folks at my office who haven’t heard of most of the bands I’ve been shooting, knew Pearl Jam. I’m only glad I got some images that do the event some justice. Click below for a lot more.

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Atlas Genius

Keith Jeffery
Shutter: 1/800, Aperture: f/1.8, Lens: 18-35mm, ISO: 1600

I had one of those rockstar experiences on Sunday, it came up completely out of the blue, and kept compounding its awesomeness as the day progressed. I am currently a furloughed Fed. I’m doing a lot of bumming around (and a lot of shooting, I have a ton of blog posts coming your way) A local brewery is doing free tours for furloughed feds, and I had started ringing up my non-essential colleagues to see if anyone wanted to hit it. Then as fate would have it, DC101 contacted me and asked me if I’d be interested in shooting an exclusive event with Atlas Genius at that same brewery this past weekend. I said yes. After shooting their acoustic set, I was asked to come along on their private tour of the brewery. It was the band, a few folks from the radio station, and me. That was amazing. After the tour, I casually asked their road manager if there was any room left on the press list for their concert that night at Fillmore Silver Spring. He said “Sure! Want a plus one?”

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