Lee Halvorsen: Blog http://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Lee Halvorsen leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) Sat, 14 Jul 2018 18:58:00 GMT Sat, 14 Jul 2018 18:58:00 GMT http://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u754934782-o315646922-50.jpg Lee Halvorsen: Blog http://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog 120 80 Richmond http://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/7/richmond On Tuesday I did a scouting trip for a future, more detailed shoot for my Virginia Project. Virginia has been involved in some of the most important phases of America's history and this building has been a part of each one of those phases. The wings on the left and right side of the core, original building were built in 1906. I had a chance to walk around the 'open' sections and came away with a good feeling about what i want to do when I go back later this year. I also went to the Hollywood Cemetery and St John's Church but I'll post some of them later. The first shot is from the front of the Capitol Building, which was built in 1785!! Of course there's a lot of subsequent history this place has seen. The shot of the desks is the old House of Representatives room in the center building where they met for years until the new wings were put up in 1906. The third shot is really my favorite...a worker taking a newspaper break from painting.


  Virginia State Capitol BuildingVirginia State Capitol BuildingVirginia State Capitol Building designed by Thomas Jefferson





Old Virginia Representatives RoomOld Virginia Representatives Room



Worker on BreakWorker on Break in Richmond

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Paradise Springs Winery http://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/7/paradise-springs-winery Today I visited Paradise Springs Winery in Clifton, VA, the first winery in Fairfax County. The owner is a descendant of the original land grantee in 1716!! Doing the math on that makes my head hurt but over 300 years ago this all started, not as a vineyard of course, probably a farm that's been divided many times over.

I am doing a book project that will release early next year and I'd like this winery to be a part of it. This is the closest winery to DC, the only one in Fairfax County, and is steeped in the history of the land. An original building from two centuries ago is on the property and was renovated in the 1950s by one of Frank Lloyd Wright's associates. There are really cool places to relax, meadows with picnic tables, decks that overlook the vineyards and forests...and...the wine. They actually grow grapes in other places in addition to those grown on this property, but all in VIRGINIA! They have a wide variety of reds and whites and based on my (limited) taste testing, the wine is really quite good...well, actually it's excellent!! And they have a "wine educator" on staff who helps you understand the wine, the process and the grapes. 

I hope to go back soon for photos of bottling, harvesting, processing and more. I also hope to visit without my camera since they have live music three days a week and, of course, wine tasting every day. Want a cool destination...Paradise Springs Winery!!

Young grapes at Paradise Springs Winery in Clifton, VAVery young grapes.Young grapes at Paradise Springs Winery in Clifton, VA

Barrels of wine aging next to Tasting Room at Paradise Springs Winery in Clifton, VAWine aging in Barrels Barrels of wine aging next to Tasting Room at Paradise Springs Winery in Clifton, VA

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Anacostia Watershed http://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/7/anacostia-watershed Today I went to the Anacostia River. I actually started in Bladensburg, MD, where there is a park with rental kayaks, canoes, boats, etc. The Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) hosted a few of us on a boat ride from Bladensburg Park to the Navy Yards. I learned a great deal about the river and about the land around it. The watershed area of the Anacostia is most of DC, PG county and parts of other counties. Rain water and other liquid products are what makes this river a river. Consequently, there is not a lot of "flow" and the river mostly just sits...so all the junk and toxic stuff that used to go into the river would just sink to the bottom. Over the decades, well centuries, the Anacostia river just turned bad...really bad. But in the last few years tremendous strides have been made in cleaning up and reducing new contaminants. I normally don't take bird photos but I've included a couple in this sequence...the eagle is one of those who is in the Arboretum and has a nest right next to a webcam so every little bit of their lives was on the web while they were having baby eagles.

House boat on the DC side. There are three boating clubs on the Anacostia.House boatHouse boat on the DC side. There are three boating clubs on the Anacostia.




Wetlands of the AnacostiaThe Anacostia is really mostly wetlands that are trying to be wetlands again but there are a great many manmade structures that have and are changing the landscape.Wetlands of the Anacostia


DC Arboretum EagleDC Arboretum EagleDC Arboretum Eagle


DC Arboretum EagleDC Arboretum EagleDC Arboretum Eagle

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Does No One Print in Color Anymore? http://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/7/does-no-one-print-in-color-anymore A friend recently posed this question and I realize that I have "gone to the dark side" by working a lot to get my prints into B&W format...I think that's because I'm influenced by another friend who shoots almost exclusively in B&W and whose photos are quite stunning. And, I really like the work of Ray Metzker who treated B&W in a way that brings art, contrast, life, and nature into moving B&W images. Nonetheless, i need to work more on my color renderings. I am still baseball focused for the next few days so don't have anything new to put up here but I did go back in time a bit to prove that I have been actually exposed to color photography...

This first photo is a simple shot of a storefront window in Harpers Ferry reflecting the store across the street.

Harper's FerryHarper's FerryStorefront in Harper's Ferry, WV

The second is the inside of the locomotive called "Allegheny." This locomotive weighed 389 TONS!! Do the math on that....778,000 pounds...three quarters of a MILLION pounds. Now that's really something. There weren't a lot of creature comforts in the heart of this beast. Locomotive Allegheny in the B&O Railroad Museum in BaltimoreAllegheny




leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) ferry harpers trains http://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/7/does-no-one-print-in-color-anymore Sat, 07 Jul 2018 12:42:03 GMT
Way Too Hot http://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/7/way-too-hot The day before July 4! And the weather is exactly what one would expect in Washington, DC...hot! hot! hot! And so I'm not going out too far...maybe not out at all. Once again I'm looking at old photos and trying to pull out the high contrast shots. This is kind of cool, looking over the Memorial Bridge to Crystal City. The steps you see on the left are to the Lincoln Memorial. I shot it at 8000 ISO, 70mm, f/2.8 and 1/10 sec. I was bracing the camera on a ledge.

Memorial BridgeMemorial BridgeLooking across the Memorial Bridge from DC to Virginia at Crystal City.  

leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) bridge contrast high http://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/7/way-too-hot Tue, 03 Jul 2018 17:32:30 GMT
Not quite sure where to start... http://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/6/not-quite-sure-where-to-start Inside the antiques shop the hallways wind about and about and I'm sure one could easily get lost. Or so distracted you only wake up when someone screams, "Off with his head!"  The hallway I was in widened into a large room but piled high with stuff and in the stuff was a LARGE scale model of the London Bridge!! By large, I mean the thing was at least six feet high from its base. And each one of the towers was in the model!!! I was only able to get part of one of them in the shot!

Right next to the bridge is an old English pub. Actually, I think several pubs have been combined but there is one large bar back. The first shot after the bridge is the "Public" sign that probably would have been in the window at the door. The next is a large bar back. Everything in this room was labeled "Private Collection, Not For Sale." Then there's a lot of bull, and, finally, an old crossbow. Kind of astonishing.

Scale Model of London BridgeScale Model of London BridgeLondon Bridge Pub Door GlassPub Door GlassSign from English pub door Bar BackBar BackEnglish Pub Barback Steer's Head in English PubSteer's Head in English PubBull's Head English PubEnglish PubCrossbow in English Pub

leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) antiques pub http://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/6/not-quite-sure-where-to-start Fri, 29 Jun 2018 20:57:20 GMT
Antique Store http://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/6/antique-store I stumbled across the "Antiques & Interiors" store in High Point, NC. What a PLACE! I don't really have all the words I need to describe this outside/inside walk in what can only be described as an Alice in Wonderland kind of adventure. I'll post some more over the next several days, this one is the base of a table...the base is all sticks that are somehow formed to support the marble top. 

Antique table base made from sticks!Antique table base made from sticks!Antique table base made from sticks!

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High Point, North Carolina http://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/6/high-point-north-carolina In the middle of High Point is a quiet, peaceful park known as the Bog Park. Lots of trees (and shade!), bubbling brooks, a lake, and even a small, man made waterfall. It was a wonderful place to escape the heat and the rushing to and fro. 

The Bog Park LakeThe Bog Park LakeBog Park Lake in High Point, NC



Bog Park Lake WaterfallBog Park Lake WaterfallBog Park Lake, man made waterfall about four feet high

leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) lake park http://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/6/high-point-north-carolina Sun, 24 Jun 2018 10:57:33 GMT
B&O Railroad Museum http://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/6/b-o-railroad-museum I am absolutely fascinated by trains which is sort of a mystery since you could probably count on two hands the number of times I've actually been on a "real" train (metro does NOT count). The history of our country, the history of commerce in America, the history of education, science, politics, economy, etc., etc., etc., all had rail involved for decades!! Much of that past is preserved for us at the B&O Railroad Museum. I spent too short a time there yesterday and I MUST go back. Each train they had (and they had MANY) has its own story and the stories are amazing. There are very knowledgeable and passionate volunteers throughout the HUGE museum who can answer questions and provide information on almost all train things. I could have stayed for hours. Most of the facility is NOT air conditioned so it can be hot. As I said, there are many, many, many, many trains and cars both inside and outside. The Roundhouse is gorgeous and still functional. The "shop" is fascinating. It's a cool place to visit. I'll put more pictures up the next time I go back.

I've made the downloads free for these. Click on the photo, you'll be taken to the gallery where you can find a teeny, tiny menu at the top left rollover corner of the photo where you can click "Download."

Round House and trainsOne third of the Round HouseRound House and trains

Roof of RoundhouseRoof of RoundhouseRoof of Roundhouse

Old, old locomotive with car in backgroundOld, old locomotive with car in backgroundOld, old locomotive with car in background Stage Coach with train detail on doorStage Coach with train detail on doorStage Coach with train detail on door Wheels of stage coachWheels of stage coachWheels of stage coach

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New River http://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/6/new-river The New River flows hither and yon in the southwest part of Virginia as well as North Carolina and West Virginia. I'm told that this river is one of the oldest in the US and one of the most scenic. I had a few minutes before a baseball game and so raced over to a park in Radford, VA, to get a few shots. I found a peaceful and powerful river flowing from south to north with small "rapids" right in the middle of the Radford community.  This is taken from a small creek that's a tributary to the river.

New River in Radford, VASmall Creek feeding into New River in Radford, VANew River in Radford, VA

leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) radford river http://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/6/new-river Mon, 11 Jun 2018 13:06:13 GMT
Draper Mountain http://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/6/draper-mountain Just outside of Pulaski, VA, is Draper Mountain - named for John Draper.  His wife and sister-in-law were captured from this mountain by the Shawnee in 1755 and taken away to the Ohio River Valley. His sister-in-law escaped but his wife did not. He found her six years later, ransomed her from the Shawnee, and returned to this area to live. I'm in the Blacksburg, VA, area looking for scenery...and it's EVERYWHERE! A teeny bit overwhelming. Most of my time is spent at baseball games but sometimes I just stop and take photos. 

View from Draper MountainView from Draper MountainView from Draper Mountain

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The Stone Bridge http://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/6/the-stone-bridge Yesterday I did a quick walkabout on the Manassas Battlefield. I've been there before but I'd never been to the Stone Bridge. This bridge is where the first shots were fired in this battle...the place where the future brutality of the war would be unveiled to a naive nation expecting a conflict of chivalry with little blood and gore. Both battles took over 20,000 American lives.

This is a shot from the west side of the bridge, I've made the downloads free. It's a very cool desktop view.

The Stone BridgeThe Stone BridgeThe Stone Bridge at the edge of the battlefield.

leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) battlefield bridge bull run http://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/6/the-stone-bridge Fri, 08 Jun 2018 11:06:03 GMT
Asheville, North Carolina http://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/6/asheville-north-carolina We did a quick trip to Asheville this weekend. One might think we left the DC area to get out of this rain that never ends!! But no, we were helping Kirsten and Paul move into their new home in Asheville. It's a cool place, ten minute walk to downtown and high up! The first shot is from the walkway in their apartment looking over the southern side of a tree covered Asheville. The second shot is looking back at Asheville in the morning.

Asheville view looking over South Asheville.Asheville view looking over South Asheville.Sunset overlooking Asheville.

Asheville in the distance.Northeast of Asheville, NC looking back toward the city.I-26 view of Asheville from NE of the city

leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) asheville http://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/6/asheville-north-carolina Sun, 03 Jun 2018 22:07:25 GMT
Dusk in Old Town http://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/5/dusk-in-old-town I did a quick walkabout in Old Town Alexandria last night. The weather was fantastic and lots of folks were out strolling, eating, and on the docks just watching the world go by. Even on the Potomac lots of people were out...there must have been a dozen sailboats. I didn't have that much time so clicked and ran.

Sailboats in the distance.Old Town Alexandria DocksSailboats in the distance.

leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) alexandria sailboats http://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/5/dusk-in-old-town Wed, 30 May 2018 10:56:08 GMT
Chinatown http://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/5/chinatown I went to Chinatown in DC today...I was surprised at how dynamic the corner was where I exited the Metro. Lots and lots of people hanging out, there was a busy buzz in the air and you could see every kind of person, from every walk of life, from every economic background all in one place...on the corner under the Chinatown Arch. The actual Chinatown has shrunk quite a bit since I move here over thirty years ago. Only a block or so of Chinese restaurants and shops remain, mainly restaurants.

At the Metro StopAt the Metro StopAt the Metro Stop

Street musicians are the coolest (and bravest!).

Playing some TROMBONE!Playing some TROMBONE!Playing some TROMBONE!

Waiting on the Portrait Gallery Steps

Waiting at the Portrait GalleryWaiting at the Portrait GalleryWaiting at the Portrait Gallery

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Into the Woods http://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/5/into-the-woods I went out yesterday for a walk in the woods. I wasn't truly successful finding the "perfect shot," but I think that's because I was enjoying my walk more than I was looking for photo worthy scenes. The humidity and temperature were low, the pollen was tolerable, and, my hip wasn't snarling. I walked through lots of muddy spots in the trail from all the rain last week, the lake and streams were full and flowing. A great day for a walk. I did see the  remains of a grand old tree sort of glowing in the green of the woods...like a totem to the powerful old tree it must have been.



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Sleeping http://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/5/sleeping Everyone has a story. Some are more interesting than others, some are more compelling, more tragic, more...whatever. When I'm on the street, I sometimes stop to chat with people. Most of the time people are friendly, seldom are they nasty. Sometimes they are sleeping or not otherwise available. And I am not going to wake them, this is one of those times, right out in front of the Navy Archives.

Resting in DCResting in DCResting in DC

leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) dc homeless in http://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/5/sleeping Thu, 24 May 2018 20:45:29 GMT
National Gallery of Art http://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/5/national-gallery-of-art I went to the NGA yesterday to hear a lecture on Sally Mann, an extraordinary photographer. I had my camera but did not snap the shutter too many times. I took this one in the East Wing. I wonder what others think when they are in a place like this...and who are they thinking with when they're on their phones. Do you suppose they're texting about the art or about getting to the art to enjoy the place together. That's what I think.

Thinking in the GalleryThinking in the GalleryThinking in the Gallery

leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) art nga washington http://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/5/national-gallery-of-art Wed, 23 May 2018 12:54:14 GMT
The Rain Must Be Clearing http://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/5/the-rain-must-be-clearing Many of our roads are flooded. The rain was taking a short break and so I headed for the lake to get some photos of the dam. Well...across the way were these four. They had a photographer so I'm guessing they were doing Cosplay shots and I was just a lucky bystander. The rain hadn't really stopped...only dwindled and so the mood of the lake was kind of eerie which was perfect for this shot!

Cosplay at Lake AccotinkCosplay at Lake AccotinkCosplay at Lake Accotink


Cosplay at Lake AccotinkCosplay at Lake AccotinkCosplay at Lake Accotink

leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) accotink lake http://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/5/the-rain-must-be-clearing Sat, 19 May 2018 19:00:47 GMT
Rain, Rain, Rain! http://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/5/rain-rain-rain Rain has been the theme of the day for several days now and supposedly will continue as the theme for almost another week!! I think we've had almost 5 inches so far and are schedule for another 5 or so.  That's a lot of water. There are more than 27,000 gallons of water per acre for every inch of rain that falls on that acre...that's about 35,000 gallons of water on a standard football field. To get a feel for that I went to one of the lakes in our neighborhood and took some photos of the dam...it was kind of spectacular. I could not get close because of the heavy rain and my camera is NOT waterproof...this shot is a significant crop but I wanted to show you the huge amount of water and debris that are coming over that dam.

Dam at Lake AccotinkDam at Lake AccotinkDam at Lake Accotink

leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) accotink at dam lake http://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/5/rain-rain-rain Fri, 18 May 2018 11:09:14 GMT