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

eyeview
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

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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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Imagine Dragons in your Neighbourhood

Dan Reynolds
Shutter: 1/125, Aperture: f/2.8, Lens: 15mm, ISO: 1600

I’ve really been enjoying Imagine Dragons recently (you know their hit Radioactive), so I was ecstatic to be able to shoot them at Merriweather a couple of weeks ago. Added bonus, The Neighbourhood (you know their hit Sweater Weather) opened for them. Give both of their albums a listen, they’re pretty tight. And Merriweather is my favorite amphitheater venue, so this was an amazing concert experience for me. I don’t have a ton to tell you, but do have plenty of cool shots to share. Click below.

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Miss America returns to Atlantic City

Miss Maryland Christina Denny
Shutter: 1/160, Aperture: f/2.8, Lens: 70-200mm, ISO: 800

I got to return to the Miss America Competition in Atlantic City this last weekend and it was amazing. Yes, for the obvious reasons, but I feel I really knocked it out of the park and had a great time. I have a ton of photos below, check it out!

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Muse and Cage the Elephant

muse_04
Shutter: 1/125, Aperture: f/2.8, Lens: 15mm, ISO: 1600

I got to shoot Muse at Verizon Center last week, on behalf of DC101. This was cool because I had never shot a concert at Verizon Center before. This is where the biggest acts perform when they come to DC. Welcome to the big leagues.

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Uproar Fest – Jane’s Addiction and Alice in Chains

Dave Navarro
Shutter: 1/100, Aperture: f/2.8, Lens: 15mm, ISO: 1600

One of my ultimate wish list items was crossed off the other week, I got to shoot Dave Navarro. There’s a danger to building up something so big in your head, you keep anticipating it, and then you get there and it’s no where near your expectation. Unless you’re talking about taking photos of Dave Navarro. Then you find it’s everything you expected it to be. Oh, I also got to shoot Alice in Chains. So there’s that.

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The Lumineers

Wesley and Jeremiah
Shutter: 1/2000, Aperture: f/1.4, Lens: 50mm, ISO: 1600

I have lots of shots below in glorious color and great edge lighting, but I really like this moment I caught with Wesley and Jeremiah, so I dropped it to b&w to make it focus more on the frozen moment. I seem to know how to get the standard “concert photo” shot, but I’m constantly looking for new and better photos to take. Click below for more.

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Washington Kastles

Look at the fuzz flying off the ball
Shutter: 1/640), Aperture: f/2.8, Lens: 160mm, ISO: 200

I shot another Washington Kastles (pro tennis) match the other week. This shot, while very, very lucky, came out as my favorite. Check out the fuzz flying off the ball as Bobby Reynolds returns a serve from the Sringfield Lasers. I’m working on trying to cover the Olympics in 2016, and I need to add unique, challenging shots like this to my sports portfolio. Click below for more photos from this match.

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