In the City

I lived in Washington, DC for a couple of years a long time ago. It’s a gorgeous city and it’s especially exciting for a photographer. But, there’s so much going on visually that it’s pretty hard to be disciplined enough to get good shots when you’re out in the street with just your camera and serendipity. At least it is for me. I’m easily distracted as my long-suffering husband will tell you. (Um, honey, what was that you said?)

Do I shoot buildings, people, gardens, or any of a million other things that might catch my eye? I’ve found I do much better if I have a shot list or give myself an assignment. This isn’t to say that I wouldn’t throw it all away if presented with a fantastic shot or two, or even a better idea. But on this trip I had other things I had to do (my daughter’s med school graduation – four solid days of events) and I knew I would have very limited time to sneak away and take pictures. Mostly I was able to slip out early in the morning before anyone else was awake, which, because of the quality of the light (the golden hour and all that), is a great time to take pictures, especially in a city, especially on the weekend. The only other time I got away was when my daughter pretended that she needed my help and then told me that the next two hours were mine to do as I pleased. And, of course, I was more than pleased to take pictures. Thanks, Sarah!

I decided that my assignment would be to shoot repeating shapes or patterns. Here I’ve organized them in pairs where the shapes or patterns echo each other more or less obviously.

They came in circles:

Rain Barrels

And in triangles:


Three Peaks

They disappeared into the distance:

Silver Chairs


And because I like odd numbers, here’s one more:

Copper Relief

There was so much more I wanted to shoot. I could have spent days just in Georgetown alone where the first three shots were taken, but I’m happy with what I ended up with. And I doubt I would have gotten as many good shots as I did in just a few hours of shooting without narrowing my choices.


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