Thursday, October 26, 2006

the butt crack of dawn

Hola! Esteban es porque muy nosotros un zapatos pequeño, y tu? Therefore, let's meet at Union Station at 6:45AM this Saturday.

I know some of you are thinking, "Who was the idiot who had the idea of doing a sunrise shoot?!" Well, it was Kacey's idea. =) No, really, it was! BUT I will back her up and say that the first time we did a sunrise shoot was hands down the most successful shoot for me personally. The lighting for the 30 minutes before and after sunrise and sunet is simply beautiful. In photographic terms, it's called the Golden Hour. Brilliant, warm lighting and long, distended shadows can sure make for some sweetness photographs.

For what it's worth, this shoot was strategically planned with Daylight Saving to be the latest possible sunrise shoot we could do. I don't want to hear excuses about it being too early for a Saturday and all the nonsense. I can confidentely say that none of you are more of a night-person than I am, yet I am totally stoked about this shoot!

As of right now, the weather is looking kinda iffy. You can call me on Saturday morning (any time) to double check if we are good to go. Otherwise, I'll see you there.

In conclusion, meet at 6:45 at Union Station (left side, by metro). We'll move out from there. Look forward to seeing you all again!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

maize maze mayz meighz

Oh boy! Are you guys ready for some sweetness maize maze action?! Never mind the fact that the last several weeks for the photo group have been sporadic at best. Now is the time to embrace the present! (Those looking to analyze the redundancies of that statement need not comment.) Put on your lucky shoe laces and let's get lost!

Here's the dealyo: We'll meet in Crystal City this Saturday at 11AM. You can either metro here, or park your car in the garage for free on the weekends. The maize is a little ways out (near Dulles), so we'll pile in as few cars as we can and carpool over. Admission is $8. Bring a couple extra bucks for gas and the toll road.

Invite your friends! Let's get a big group together cause it's gonna be fun! Even though we are the "photography group," I'm not considering this to be one of our photo shoots. It's just a fun chance to enjoy some fall festivities with good people. The more the merrier.

Please let me know if you plan on coming; post a comment or shoot me an email. We will need an idea of how many drivers we'll need.

Lastly, there is a costume party on Capitol Hill later that night. Check the message board for details.

I can feel the ants in my pants already! Good times will abound a plenty! See you all Saturday!

Friday, October 13, 2006

A Walk in the Park

Hey photographers,

This Saturday is supposed to be sunny. Our leader, however, is supposed to be absent again.
But that's OK. Here's what I suggest:

Meet in Woodley Park, at a coffee shop called "Cafe International" at 2pm (yes, two pm) and join me for a walk along some of the trails in Rock Creek Park. I am no park ranger, so don't expect me to identify any flora, OK? The trees are supposed to be turning colors, so that should be pretty. I think if we walk south, we run across some nice bridges and little winding paths near the creek.

If you are up for it, the NCC Bike DC group is going for a ride through the upper part of the park, starting at 10:45, and meeting under the Taft Bridge (below Connecticut Ave.). I'll be joining them in the morning. If you can make it to that (you know you want to), please let Paul Elbo or Kathryn Parent know, so we can be sure to wait for you.

So yeah, meet tomorrow, at 2pm, at Cafe International, 2633 Connecticut Ave in Woodley Park. I've, um, actually never frequented this joint...but it is a coffee shop as far as Google tells me. The online review is ridiculous...but, maybe we'll just stick to having bagels without cream cheese and no coffee. There is a Chipotle on the corner, if you want to grab a late lunch (or an early is Saturday after all.)

Maybe I'll see you at the park!


Monday, October 02, 2006

I spilled mustard on my pantyhose

Wait a minute. Stephen posted something new on the blog. It can't be Monday.

Now, before you panic and start thinking that the week is nearly over, let me calm your fears and remind you that it is, in fact, Monday. Sorry guys, the weekend isn't as close as it normally is when you're 'round these parts. Anyway, on with my point...

I would first like to direct your attention to a shiny new link on the right. That's right; we've got a calendar for the semester laid out already! Those of you who have been around a while know that this is a huge milestone for the group =) Now, this is in no way set in stone, but at least it gives us a guide to work from.

This Saturday is apple pickin' goodness! I would love to get a huge group out there 'cause it's a rowdy good time! Feel free to invite your friends and spread the word. Needless to say, this won't be one of our most photo-driven events, but it'll be a fun chance to hang with friends, eat some apples, and take pictures if you're feelin' it.

Unfortunately, there is a very strong possibility that I won't be in town this Saturday =/ Therefore, I need one of you to step up and spearhead this event. I've done it a couple times before, and I would recommend meeting somewhere near Pentagon City, then cramming people in cars and heading out 66. It's about 45 minutes away, so you'll want to carpool (riders can chip in a couple bucks for gas). You might also want to grab lunch near Manassas on the way back (Big Joe's Pizza and Subs, off Sudley Rd. is pretty good).

In a perfect world, I would reschedule the event so I could make it (well, in a perfect world I wouldn't be out of town this weekend, but whatever) but I wouldn't want the apples to be picked over by then. So yeah, if somebody would be willing to take the reins this week, that would be most excellent indeed!

A couple other things to note about the schedule: I would highly recommend clearing your schedule for both the Corn Maize and the Portrait workshop. The maze is just good ol' fashion fun times, and the portrait workshop (why do I keep spelling it "workship"?!) will probably be one of the most useful and different photo shoots we've ever done! Lastly, I will vouch for the Sunrise shoot too. I'm about the farthest thing from a morning person, but the last time we did a sunrise shoot, I got some of my favorite pictures I've ever taken. Seriously, it's good stuff.

Otay, that is all, and now I must go. You may now resume your regularly scheduled lives (only this time with a sparkle in your eye knowing that apple picking will be fun times this weekend!)

Calendar of Events - Fall '06

September 23: Old Town Alexandria
September 30: National Cathedral

October 7: Apple Picking
October 14: Rock Creek Park
October 21: Corn Maize
October 28: Sunrise shoot (Location TBD)

November 4: Alexandria Marina
November 10: (Friday) Night shoot in Federal Triangle
November 18: Sunset at Tidal Basin
November25: no meeting

December 2: Portrait workshop
December 1 - 17 (tentative): Photo Exhibit at Ebenezers

Januaryish: Photo Exhibit at Mocha Hut