The weather turned cold with temps in the 50s, the rain came in annoying sprinkling wave, and the winds were blustery but all that couldn’t dampen our spirits as we set off on our photowalk this past Saturday. It certainly wasn’t what I had imagined when I selected my location or walk time. I was thinking, “It should be really beautiful on the National Mall in October, with some of the trees starting to turn and the late afternoon sun bathing all the monuments in a warm glow. It was anything but that. But, for the few that showed up, we certainly made lemonade from the lemons the weatherman had tossed our way. As one of my walkers said, “It looks like it’s going to be a black and white and HDR kind of day.”
And so it was. We shot lots of great scenery, many of it with bracketed exposures.
We worked the scenery from every angle. We even managed to ignore the fact that the reflecting pool was in no shape to reflect anything.
Apparently the pool was in need of a complete makeover and someone forgot to tell me.
But you know what? Despite it all, we had a great time. I got to see some familiar faces and meet some new friends too. I think we even managed to take a few decent photos along the way. As I told the group before we started, anyone can take a pretty picture in DC on a nice day but this is the kind of situation that makes you push yourself as a photographer. From what I have seen of the pictures coming in to my Flickr group, everyone was up to the challenge.
I want to thank everyone who came out on Saturday and made it such a great day. I also want to thank my buddy Scott Kelby and all his staff for organizing such a great event. It really is a pretty amazing thing when you think about it. Photographers from all around the world, doing the same thing on the same weekend. No politics, no hate, no agendas, just a worldwide community getting together to do something they love. It just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Now I can’t wait to see all of the amazing photos that everyone took.
If you would like to see some of the images taken by the folks on my photowalk, you can click on over to my Flickr Group [LINK]
Here’s a few more of mine –