January 8th, 2010
The beautiful (in my humble opinion) images that you see below are my submissions to the 2010 DCist Exposed photography show. This is my third year submitting photos to the contest – fingers crossed! The entry pool for the show this year includes 1,130 photos from 435 photographers. Tough competition would be an understatement. Exposed will open on March 6th at Longview Gallery (1234 9th St NW). It is a great showcase of local photographers and most certainly worth visiting.
This image is taken with a Holga at the Dupont Circle North metro station. I love how the long exposure was able to pull a fire out of the evening sky.
We watched the fireworks from Meridian Hill park this year. The gentleman that climbed the Joan of Arc sculpture had the best view in the house. His focused gaze up towards the theatrics is the sky is eerily similar to the look on Joan of Arc’s face as she charges into battle.
My final submission was snapped during my morning commute. It is taken with a Vivitar Ultra Wide and Slim, a junk camera with a wide angle plastic lens. Even in the blustery weather that we have had recently, my morning rides always put me in a good mood. I think this photo captures the pure enjoyment of a leisurely ride.
(belated) leap day photo
March 8th, 2008
I blew the opportunity to use this shot of Lori doing “star jumps” on request at the National Zoo for the 2/29/08 post. However, the picture from my Oktomat makes me laugh and I didn’t feel like waiting 4 years to properly embrace the Leap Day opportunity.
Please enjoy Lori in all her leaping glory!
January 16th, 2008
chinatown double exposure – clack, originally uploaded by m hoek.
The lovely foks at DCist are having the 2nd Annual DCist Exposed Photography show on March 7th at Civilian Art Projects.
The photo above is one of the 3 that I submitted in hopes of getting selected to show at the exhibit. This shot is taken from an old Agfa Clack camera. The Clack is a ‘vintage’ camera that was made at the Agfa Camera-Werk AG in Munich some time in the 1950′s or early 60′s. It is a funny little rudimentary camera that shoots 6×9 medium format shots (unfortunatly, 8 shots to a roll is not terribly economical). Honestly, the “Clack” name is pretty money and I bought it for the novelty of the name but it has turned out to be a camera that is really enjoyable to shoot with. There is a “Click” version out there but I haven’t been able to put my hands on it just yet.
This shot is a double exposure of the Chinatown Gateway Arch on H St. NW. My favorite parts of the shot are how the crosswalk that cuts diagonally across the rhythm of the windows, the metro pylon that is nestled in the corner of the shot, and the areas near the top of the shot where the terracotta roofs overlapped. I’m very happy with this shot, I think it captures the hectic energy that is around the Verizon Center/Chinatown on a busy night.
I also submitted a shot from the Ellipse at Dumbarton Oaks that was also taken with the Clack. The third shot I submitted is a Holga night shot from the corner of 7th and F St. I made the decision to go with the medium format theme for my submissions this year, hopefully it pans out.
We attended last year and it was really impressive to see just how much photographic talent DC has. So….wish me luck and I’d encourage everyone to attend and support the local photogs!
Veni Vidi VIVI
January 7th, 2008
So, a while back I picked up a little 35mm toy camera off ebay called the Vivitar Ultra Wide and Thin. The Vivi is a tiny little silver plastic thing that has a very wide lens and is apparently very prone to breaking after a few uses. However, while it is still alive it takes some pretty awesome photos, particularly when shot directly into the sun (usually a photography faux pas). So, take a look and be sure to tell me how much you enjoy the results of my new toy. Other general comments of praise and admiration will also be accepted.
The picture above is looking west on Fairmont St. NW right near the Cummins abode.
I hope I can get a few more rolls out of this guy.