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New Single-Subject Blog: After Happy Hour

So, earlier this year I started going into DC more often.  I live 15 minutes by metro from one of the most diverse cities in the country, but I rarely go into “the city”.  I’ve been trying to change this, as I want to experience DC a bit more, especially since Marc and I have been trying to transfer to somewhere less urban, or at least less expensive.

Even though I could drive, I enjoy taking the metro into the city.  It’s a great people-watching opportunity.  Plus, since I am usually going in in the evenings, I get to watch all the stragglers coming home after the ubiquitous DC happy hours.  One night I started taking black and white photographs of the passengers, both on the trains and waiting at the stations, and I was inspired to make this new Tumblr blog.  Take a look at the blog through the link below, as the photos on this post are just a small sampling of what I have over there:

After Happy Hour

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Have Camera, Will Travel

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In a few short weeks here, I will be flying to Texas to pick up the car that my parents are giving me.  In order to get the car back to Virginia, I have to drive it back, and since I’ve done the “southern route” many, many times and am generally focused on getting where I’m going as fast as I can, I’ve decided instead to take a few extra days and take a more leisurely trip this time around, with my friend Rose as my driving companion.

The map above is *roughly* our driving route.  Since I don’t make it out to the midwest all that often, and I know that I have fans all over the country, I am posting my route so that folks can know if I’m going to be in their area.

My route is very flexible, and I’d love to book a session or two to cut down on costs as we drive through.  If you’re interested in booking a session with me, please let me know ASAP.  I will be offering a special rate to those who book a session to be held during this trip, and will offer a free 30 minute session to anyone who is able to put me and my friend up for the night.

So, if you’re a family, a couple, a reenactor, a pet owner, or just someone who wants some good photos taken of them, and you live somewhere within a couple hours of that route…let me know!

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Playing with the Tokina 11-16mm F2.8

For my shoot this weekend, I decided to test out a “super wide” lens, so I’ve rented a Tokina 11-16mm F2.8 lens.  It’s one I’ve looked at before, but I had never gotten to shoot with it.  Rentals are actually a great way to test out a lens you’re thinking about buying, though the flip side is that it can lead to an awful lot of temptation!

The lens arrived later this evening, after most of the light in the neighborhood was gone, but I took a couple test shots inside our ill-lit apartment and pestered my favorite test subjects: our cats River and Simon.

I am astounded at how wide this lens is, and how much light it’s able to take in.  I’m seriously impressed for right now, but I’ll be sure to post a fuller review later.  For now, witness how utterly nonplussed our cats are:

 

Though I am mostly going to use the lens to capture Fort Ticonderoga’s architectural beauty, I may also use it to take some unique portraits, or heck, just to take some super wide landscape shots!  Just to give you an idea of how wide the lens is, here’s some “selfies” taken at the fully wide 11mm length:

 

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Review of Prints from Prinstagram

A few weeks ago I discovered a new photo printing company that focuses heavily on printing iPhone photos, called Printstagram.  Their prices were cheap and the product looked high quality, so I figured I would give them a test run to see how good they really were.  My prints arrived on Thursday, and I was not disappointed.  I should note that I was not given anything for this review, I was just so happy with what I received that I felt other folks should know about it.

The review is below the cut.  I hope you find it helpful.

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