We asked photographers from the DMV to send in some of their favorite images from this year so far and we were impressed by the variety of what they shared. They captured portraits and protests, sunsets and abandoned buildings, furry creatures, kites, and of course, cherry blossoms.
Rodney D. Cunningham
I took this picture on The Wharf in DC. I choose to believe that this woman was using a moment of quiet reflection to center herself in a world that often seems full of chaos.
I took this picture on the beach in Ft. Lauderdale. I choose to believe that this man was using a moment of quiet reflection to center himself in a world that often seems full of chaos.
(IG: guayilandia; website)
These two photos represent the rebirth of the city after the winter, nature is reborn and people are out to enjoy the streets, to retake them after long months of absence. This special place is an important part of my neighborhood and what it means to me to be a Washingtonian.
(IG: joeflood; Website)
Ideal weather for being outside, like these two enjoying car-free 20th Street by Dupont Circle.
I have the tulip mania, driven mad by the profusion of tulips everywhere. The Smithsonian Castle makes a perfect backdrop for the flowers.
I had the chance to celebrate Women’s History month in March by attending my friend Angela’s photo lab session at the Apple Carnegie Library on capturing candid moments. Angela guided us in an exercise to take some images within and around the Carnegie Library with a few principals she gave as guidance. This was one of the images I took during that exercise. The lighting in the Library was amazing and lent itself well to this candid moment.
This image represents a morning moment of calm amongst the cherry blossoms after the hoards of crowds the day before. I enjoyed the blossom snow, the morning light, and the beauty of the Tidal Basin.
I’ve gotten interested in long exposure photography, especially with the ND filter I got in late 2022.
In 2023, it seems as though I have been mostly photographing nature’s beauty. I photographed the cherry blossoms during peak bloom and the evening’s sun this particular evening while out walking along the C&O Canal.
(IG: mikijourdan; Flickr)
Duckling season at Constitution Gardens is one of my favorite times of year.
In February, my wife and I took our first true vacation since the pandemic began, flying to California. At the San Diego Zoo, we encountered this mandrill. According to one article, the bared-teeth displays occur mostly “in positive interactions, in which case they could advertise the sender’s peaceful intentions.” We came in peace as well.
Both photos don’t necessarily have captions except for travelogue. I’ve been trying to document my life while traveling by capturing any and all things that catch my eye. Looking beyond what most of us ignore in our busy travel and work days.
The return of the wood ducks and the drum circle mark the beginning of spring and summertime fun in D.C.
Inhaling the fragrance and healing of nature. Simple pleasures.
Sunset life! The warm golden sun perched beautifully over the Caribbean Sea. It has been a while since I visited the Caribbean, my home, and simple delights like this sunset and the beach brought so much peace. A reminder of how nature is so awe-some and we should be guardians of our planet.
This is an unexpectedly violent thunderstorm over the James Island Maryland State Park on Thursday, April 6th. I took this photo while camping with my son during spring break.
On April 13th, 2023, Vice President Harris welcomed veterans and lead ceremonies to celebrate the Wounded Warriors Project ride at the White House.
(IG: angelaon; Flickr)
The National Zoo’s newly renovated Bird House and the American Trail’s new Andean bear cuts have been keeping me busy!!
Between the change in year, my shutter finger still loves derelict buildings and homes. That will explain snapshot number two. However, I did get to visit family whilst on a trip to New York City. Among the lookup architectural snaps, a street vendor’s in real life call to action was too good to pass on.
Snapshot number two is of an abandoned home close to King of Prussia. It was a roadside attraction that brought many questions such as how many families have lived there prior to abandonment, how did they put up with the influx of traffic and where are they now?
(IG: sdotpdotmedia; website)
This image marks the return to warmer weather and posi vibes for the DMV. My daily canvassing of the city is filled with these select, inspiring, one-off moments of culture and history.
(IG: @vpickering, Flickr)
With the on-going political and legal turmoil of this era, one of my favorite places to take photos is on the plaza of the Supreme Court, where many different viewpoints are represented.
I shot these with Ektachrome medium format film. I decided to try something different this year instead of shooting digitally. I like how slide film renders colors and gives a slight vintage look.
Orchids from 2/19/23 at the U.S. Botanic Gardens.
My trusty kite flying at the National Kite Festival on 3/26/23.
[Editor’s note: Rimma is a reader of this blog from Ukraine.]
I think it was the most incredible sunset l have ever seen in Western Ukraine.
This cat is my member and l am very grateful to him for being so patient model.
(IG: jeff.vers2.0; Flickr)
My wife and I took a month-long road trip to the Southwest beginning in late February. The scenery was fabulous and the weather was all over the place, as can be seen in these two photos: The Rio Grande River running along the Mexican border in Big Bend National Park, TX (80 degrees that day); and four feet of snow almost covering fence posts at Cumbres Pass (10,063 feet) in southern Colorado.
What breathtaking photos!
I absolutely loved the variety of images shared by photographers from the DMV. The cherry blossom photos were breathtaking, and the abandoned building photos had a haunting beauty to them. My question is, what sparked your interest in long exposure photography, Roland? Was there a particular moment or image that inspired you?
What a talented, interesting and diverse community of photographers! I feel very fortunate robe included. Thanks to The Uncommon District for uniting us in this way.
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