More Photos from Washington, DC

After getting positive comments about my photos from Washington, DC thought I would post a few more. Especially since Facebook where I normally post most of my photos changes my vertical shots sideways. Not sure that is a great way to present a photo and not fun for people to have to turn there heads or turn there computers sideways!

Metro SubwayA really cool looking station but had no AC.

Sunset on the RoofThis was a shot off of the roof of a parking garage.

White House Up CloseThought this was an interesting shot with the fountain balancing out the flag.

Framed MemorialThought this was a great way to frame a memorial photographed thousands of times.

Storm CloudsInteresting storm clouds just not sure of the post hard to change angles when in a car though.

Hope everyone enjoys the additional photos. I am very much enjoying my new hobby. I am absolutely delighted with my camera and my chance to express myself through the lens. I always love a challenge and will continue having fun for a long time to come. Next up though is the purchase of a flash and better macro lens. Hope to have those by the end of the summer or at least the flash in time for my cousins wedding the first week of August.

Next photos will be from the camping trip in Algonquin and this will be a whole new challenge. I will have my Dad with me who is an excellent photographer and is fully loaded when it comes to flashes and lenses. I may have the newer camera but my Dad can take some incredible photos with an older digital SLR.


Long Journey Home

So the long journey home started on Friday morning at 10 am in Virginia. We decided that we would take our time getting home. Erica decided we should go visit the sweetest place on earth and make a stop for some chocolate restocking. After stopping for a late breakfast or early lunch we made it to Hershey, PA. It is a very pretty town and the light posts are Hershey Kisses. The tour at the factory was very interesting. It is hosted by an animated cow and features a bunch of singing cows. Apparently cows are very important to the making of chocolate. I agree but not so sure about the singing part!

Singing Cows

After a great time at Hershey and getting our next six months supply of chocolate we started for home. My sister decided based on Nigel that we could make it home around 12:30am in the morning. She unfortunately forgot to calculate in construction and a very busy border.


It was a gorgeous drive home. We hit a few flash storms, got to watch the sunset and even got to watch some fireworks. It was a extremely long trip but it was nice to finally be able to sleep in my own bed. We also had very happy cats. We didn’t crawl into bed till about 2:30 am though so it has been a weekend of just recovering. Our family has a tendency to need vacations from our vacations.

sunset on the road

I have learned a few important photography skills on this trip. I really need to master taking photographs in low light with no flash. I know for low-lighting I can correct some of the issues with a flash but there are going to be occasions where flashes are not permitted. I also need to figure out how to keep a camera steady when you are in a moving object. Figured out how to do it from the back of a car but very different when you are on a ride. I did realize on this trip that my purchase of what I thought was a bit of an expensive camera bag from Kata, turned into an excellent idea. The bag is not an immediately obvious camera bag and has just enough pockets that I can turn the bag into my purse too. The bag was also incredibly water proof so even in a down pour my camera stayed dry (unlike myself).

My next adventure will be taking the camera camping and on a canoe. I am just crossing my fingers that we do not have any accidents since we will have two SLR’s in the Canoe!

Adventures or better yet misadventures with Nigel

We started our road trip on Saturday and arrived in Washington, DC this afternoon. It took a little longer than expected since we took a detour to do a little shopping on the way.  It is par for the course when traveling with three ladies.

Nigel is the name of our TomTom (GPS system) and is usually very reliable until we arrived in Washington. Poor Nigel even found this area confusing. Our first adventure was trying to get into Washington. We had to do some sort of weird u-turn off a main highway onto a side highway then a sharp right turn. Nigel went silent at the wrong time and we went left which then caused us to do a twenty minute backtrack to try the whole weird thing again. This time just as we did the u-turn we saw a beautiful light brown deer on the side of the highway. After an incredible gorgeous drive through the suburbs of Washington we managed to get into downtown and Nigel failed us again. We were trying to get to the convention centre unfortunately Nigel was horribly confused by the one ways, no rights except from service roads and no left except during certain times. After going around the block several times we did reach the convention centre … phew!

Thankfully we managed to get to the hotel from the convention centre without incident although driving on Washington’s highways are like taking your life into your own hands. It is bit like driving a Nascar circuit. The adventure from our hotel to the shopping area was a different story. Nigel apparently didn’t know that in Fairfax, VA maps change daily. We asked it to find some box stores on Lee Highway. We followed directions and started driving down Lee Highway. We quickly realized that we were driving through a Civil War Battlefield which is a heritage site. After ten minutes or so Nigel announced we had arrived. Apparently our box stores had magically transformed into a large battlefield. We were wondering if maybe they had been accidentally destroyed by canon fire. I unfortunately did not have my camera but it was a very interesting area with civil era homes, fences and monuments.

We did eventually find the box stores and restaurants and realized Nigel had taken us the long way. I am just not sure why. From this point forward we are taking the Metro, Washington’s subway system. This will be a whole new adventure since it is apparently having a lot of issues, including accidents, service outages and track problems. I have a funny feeling this is going to be an interesting week for travelling.