Lee Halvorsen: Blog https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Lee Halvorsen leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) Mon, 05 Apr 2021 14:00:00 GMT Mon, 05 Apr 2021 14:00:00 GMT https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u754934782-o315646922-50.jpg Lee Halvorsen: Blog https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog 120 80 The Emotion of Light https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2021/3/the-emotion-of-light Shooting mid-day doesn't often offer special light but such light is possible, and yesterday, for just a half hour or so, the light was very cool under the 14th Street Bridge close to the Jefferson Memorial. The lighter surfaces seem to glow and the darker surfaces had a richer, textured feeling. I know this quality is probably because of some pollutant that has momentarily drifted between the sun and my spot on the planet...but you know, I guess that's okay once in a while. I found images at the Jefferson Memorial, too, but the light was gone and the harsh, bright mid-day sun ruled.

PotomacPark Bench on the PotomacQuite a lot of this sidewalk on the Potomac is collapsing and is closed. I hope they find the dollars for repairs 14 st Bridge14th Street BridgesThe tree seems to point to the river, the many bridges that make up the 14th St bridge complex 14 st bridgesThe 14th Street BridgesAll of the bridges from below MetroMetro Train on 14th St BridgeMetro train crossing the bridge into Virginia. Not that many riders these days

BridgeRusting BridgeThe rust coats all parts of this incredible structure Morning under the bridgeVery cool light reflecting on one of the 14th Street Bridges14th Street Bridge looking into Virginia in the mid-day morning light.
 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) 14th Bridges DC Street Washington https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2021/3/the-emotion-of-light Wed, 24 Mar 2021 11:59:55 GMT
Lorton Prison https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2021/3/lorton-prison A little more than four years ago a friend and I had the opportunity to visit the deserted Lorton Prison. Officially known as the "Lorton Reformatory" the property had been turned over to Fairfax County in the 1990s. At one time, the Reformatory was over 3,500 acres with dairies, farmlands, workhouses and, of course, the prisons. I moved to Virginia in the 1980s and used to drive by part of the facility a couple of times a week. The places you could see from the road were scary, tall barbed wire fences topped with concertina wire with walled blockhouses and "dormitories." The place had become a horror filled facility where murders and rapes were common if not everyday occurrences. Overcrowding was just a fact of life. Most prisoners were black. Once in a while you'd hear loud sirens with their modulated warnings of escaped convicts. This is the place where the suffragettes were held and tortured more than a hundred years ago. 

I think what I could see from the road was just the youth facility, the women's facility, and the low risk men's facility. What you couldn't see was the high risk risk and the maximum security facilities. Fairfax County was kind enough to give the two of us a tour of the place in December 2020. We went through the cell blocks which were being converted into apartments. Then we went into the walled maximum security facility. This is where the prisoners considered the most dangerous were housed, in single cells with little comfort and little freedom.  Now, well now the maximum security is becoming a shopping area with groceries, restaurants, and shops. Converted cells and homes on the grounds are upscale. Change.

The images in the slideshow are (1) the abandoned Warden's House; (2) looking down the wall from a guard tower, the maximum security yard is on the left; (3) cell block door control panel where the doors could be remotely locked and unlocked; (4) Looking down the second story of the cell block, there was no air conditioning, the fans on the wall were the only "cooling;" (5) Entryway into the cell block from the guards' secure area. Prisoner art, a tiger, was painted on the wall just prior to the entryway; (6) the area just outside the cell block where the guards could "relax" if such a thing was possible in this place.

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) Lorton prison Reformatory Virginia https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2021/3/lorton-prison Mon, 22 Mar 2021 13:09:34 GMT
Memory from 2008 https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2021/3/memory-from-2008 Almost thirteen years ago we travelled to visit family in Carmel, Indiana. Fall had sort of "fallen" although the grass was still green. I've been drawn to park benches for a very long time and was happy to find that Debby and Mark had a bench in their yard...a yard that was more like a park. Debby is an awesome photographer who was patient enough to walk me around the property when the light was perfect and give me tips on how to compose maximizing light and geometry. As the autumn sunset approached I framed the bench inside the tall trees, their lengthening shadows, and the bright, dying light. 

Although they've moved and the park bench is probably long gone, I carry the memories of that place and remember the light and the mentoring. I think, in fact, that I'm always looking for that same line of shadows, the same golden tones, and, the same type of mood. The trip was fun, lots of laughs, great food, and wonderful image finding. Ah...memories.

Park BenchPark Bench just before sunsetCarmel, Indiana, in the fall.  

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) and bench park Sunset https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2021/3/memory-from-2008 Sun, 21 Mar 2021 13:00:00 GMT
It's Been A While https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2021/3/its-been-a-while Somehow I have been distracted. I am way out of practice for moving. Part of my brain tells me that it didn't used to be so hard but then I remember that I wasn't the one doing all the packing and deciding what to keep and what to toss. Back in my Air Force day I just stood back and watched the packers pack and told myself that one "day" I would sort through stuff I wanted and stuff I needed and stuff that was no longer required. Well, that time has apparently arrived. I have no doubt tossed some things I really wanted to keep and kept some things that are really trash. Oh well.

This image is from Leesylvania Park which is on the Potomac River just a few miles south of here. The park is large with a fishing pier, loads of picnic tables, and lots of shorelines. And almost no one is there. A couple of fishermen. A couple of walkers. Crickets. But some very cool nature.

ShorelineLonely ShoreShoreline on the Potomac River at Leesylvania Park

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) leesylvania potomac shoreline https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2021/3/its-been-a-while Sat, 20 Mar 2021 10:35:16 GMT
New Poems https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2021/2/new-poems I found a recent news story about an undersea creature that lived far below the Arctic Ice Cap in complete darkness where in truth, nothing should be able to live. No sunlight, few plants, and what should be a relatively nutrient free environment. But no, that's not the case. Living is difficult in places like that and apparently the creatures that live there may subsist on what's known as "marine rain" which is organic material often coming from an ecosystem created on the ocean floor by a dead whale, a dead whale that's fallen to the floor of the ocean at a depth greater than 1,000 meters. I was intrigued by the thought of a falling whale and the creation of a survival system for other creatures. I wrote this poem and was reminded of this image I found in Bar Harbor, Maine.

I put this and two other new pieces in the poetry section of this site.

FallingFallingFalling Whales

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) bar harbor maine sailing whales https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2021/2/new-poems Sun, 21 Feb 2021 20:28:27 GMT
The Magic Lights of Old Town at Night https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2021/2/the-magic-lights-of-old-town-at-night In last week's walkabout the mood was almost fantasy as the cold air and the bright lights merged with plastic dining tents under the dark skies. I wanted to think "Disney-like" but it was more Hobbit-like. This is a handheld image taken at the end of King Street looking up towards the City Hall and The George Washington Masonic Memorial (which you cannot see). Not many people but that's part of the fantasy. I'm eager to go back at night! Maybe next week.

King StreetKing Street Alexandria, VALooking to the west from near the water on King Street

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) alexandria https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2021/2/the-magic-lights-of-old-town-at-night Fri, 12 Feb 2021 19:25:00 GMT
Surreal https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2021/2/surreal Walking about in Old Town with almost no one there was a bit surreal and quite frankly, eerie. The dining is "outside" either in plastic tents or under awnings. Of course, there are propane and electric heaters everywhere. I guess that the dining experience might be okay...I don't know, some folks just want to be out having fun even if it is wintertime al fresco dining. I know that as a social species (mostly) we like to go out and have fun. Indeed, I miss the going out. I'm lucky to have a gourmet cook in the house and so I definitely don't need to go out to get outstanding food. When I look at the dining tents I am reminded of Army chow halls out in the wilds. But that is truly a distant memory. 

I saw these two waiters getting ready for the dinner crowd. I was reminded of a sidewalk cafe in Belgium and so changed the textures to match my distant memories. The second image is a couple dining in one of the plastic chow halls on King Street. Most of the restaurants in the lower block of King Street have tents...on the street, the block is now a walking street. I wonder how long that will last.  

Landini BrothersLandini Brothers RestaurantLandini Brothers in Old Town Alexandria, outside dining Dining with COVIDDining in Old Town AlexandriaTwo diners in a tent outside the restaurant on King Street

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) Alexandria https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2021/2/surreal Mon, 08 Feb 2021 12:00:31 GMT
Winter Night https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2021/2/winter-night Something about walking in town during the winter has always been fun for me. Usually silence is the thing you here unless there's crunchy snow and biting snow pellets. Oh wait...that's back in Huron, South Dakota!! Not here, well, mostly not here. The silence of the pandemic adds to the winter quiet and makes the mood quite melancholy. 

This image is from last Thursdays walkabout in Alexandria. I don't have a title but "Alone" seems proper.

AloneAloneOn a corner in Old Town Alexandria

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) alexandria night winter https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2021/2/winter-night Sun, 07 Feb 2021 22:03:42 GMT
Night Walker https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2021/2/night-walker Sounds like a scary movie..."The Night Walker." Probably was, I'll google it. Hmmm. Well, in 1964 Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Taylor starred in a "psychological thriller" with that name. Last night I walked about the river blocks of Old Town Alexandria. Not a lot of people, but of course, the time was early and folks weren't really out and about yet. I had double masked and maintained well over 6 feet distance from everyone I met. The weather was mild which I think was because there was no wind. Or maybe my senses have just been numbed.

I was looking for color combinations that stood out in the night and provided sort of a "film noir" feeling. Over the next few days, I'll post a few of them. I was shooting at a high ISO, 5000, and so they might be a bit grainy. I enjoyed the walk. 

Night TImeNight Time BreakroomBack entrance in Old Town DockDock to nowhereBroken dock, "Caution"

Empty RestaurantEmpty RestaurantIt was early, maybe before the dinner crowd. Or maybe the pandemic norm.  

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) alexandria night https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2021/2/night-walker Fri, 05 Feb 2021 14:01:21 GMT
SNOW! https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2021/2/snow Normally when snow begins to fall I find myself bundled up and heading for someplace with trees and water. I think I'm either slowing down or distracted by the requirement to stuff my life into boxes so that I can quit obsessing about getting ready for the move. Wah! Wah! Wah! It's probably both. Yesterday I went to Burke Lake to see if the place was frozen over or normal or what. The lake was maybe half frozen with a thin layer of ice, nothing at all like when I grew up in the winters of South Dakota where the ice would be several inches (or even feet) thick. I walked a short distance and found this image. I didn't want to stay out too long or wander too far lest I be smitten by an Icelandic Snow Snake.

Burke Lake Winter at the LakeBurke Lake WInter Scene

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) Burke Lake scene winter https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2021/2/snow Wed, 03 Feb 2021 13:23:31 GMT
Still at Meadowlark https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2021/1/still-at-meadowlark The thing about being on a photowalk is that if I take my time and move a bit slowly then I see more. That is not just a function of the speed my body moves through space (trust me, that's not fast photowalk or not) but really a function of letting my brain slow down and quit thinking ahead so much. A good photowalk (for me!!) let's my brain process what I'm seeing in many ways so although I might miss adjoining shadows, sculpted light in trees, etcs., I have a better chance to find them if I just sit. Sit. Hmmm. A photosit? I guess that's okay but I need to move a little. Almost every photo guru I listen to talks about taking time to walk around before you plant your tripod or camper chair. I mostly agree with that but I'd add that you should walk around slowly lest you walk right by the coolest thing on the planet.

This image is from the hilltop lookout walk looking over the smaller pond. Peaceful, not quite melancholy, but almost lonely.

Meadowlark Park. Meadowlark ParkOverlook at Meadowlark Park. Walking path and walking bridge.

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) meadowlark park https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2021/1/still-at-meadowlark Mon, 25 Jan 2021 18:15:33 GMT
Meadowlark Park https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2021/1/meadowlark-park Yesterday some friends and I went to Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. The Gardens were still configured for their winter walk but of course no lights were on in the middle of the day. The weather was clear and sunny but windy and chilly. Truth be told, it was very chilly.  I was inspired to continue on by other artists that were painting next to the lake. The clear skies brought out the bright colors and sharp contrasts in the otherwise flat winterscape, perfect for the black and white photographers in our group. I decided to stay mostly (all but two) in color of the six that I kept. Four of them are here. If you're looking for a cool place to walk, this would be the place.

Artist at the LakeArtist at the LakePainting next to Meadowlark Lake. Plein Air painting! Meadowlark LakeOverlook at Meadowlark LakeVintage View of Meadowlark Lake Meadowlark ParkWaiting at the BridgeWaiting at the Bridge in Meadowlark Park Walking Bridge at MeadowlarkWalking Bridge at MeadowlarkWalking Bridge at Meadowlark

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) gardens meadowlark https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2021/1/meadowlark-park Sat, 23 Jan 2021 21:08:16 GMT
Honoring Our Mailman https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2021/1/honoring-our-mailman Billy Dew has been the mailman in our neighborhood for 22 years. His route is an old fashioned one, the mailboxes are actually on the houses by the front doors. Each of us has come to know Billy even if only for a few seconds each day as he stopped by our houses and took care of our mail. Our local post office has suffered horribly from COVID and sadly Billy passed away from the virus just a few days ago. Hospitals are struggling and our healthcare providers are exhausted. This illness is certainly not a hoax and not political. People in the post office are doing their best in a difficult environment as are so many others on the frontlines of our social and economic infrastructure. Well Done, Billy Dew. May you Rest In Peace. 

Today, the local Post Office honored Billy with a memorial parade along the street of Billy's route. Many of us turned out to honor his service and his memory.

Billy Dew MemorialBilly Dew, Postal Carrier Memorial ParadeParade of Postal Vehicles honoring fallen carrier who died from COVID-19. Flags placed along mail route honoring Billy DewFlags placed along mail route honoring Billy DewFlags placed along mail route honoring Billy Dew who died from COVID

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) Memorial Office Parade Post https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2021/1/honoring-our-mailman Sat, 16 Jan 2021 18:23:28 GMT
Storming the Capitol! https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2021/1/storming-the-capitol Imagine the president of the United States urging armed extremists to takeover the Capitol. A coup d'etat! Can't be, you say. But it is. We let it happen...we knew, we knew. I have purposely not been political on this site but Oh My God...what have we become. Time to find a bench, sit in the quiet and decide whether we want a putin-like country or something kinder and gentler. Aren't you at all embarrassed. Are we so afraid of the likes of these people that we won't fix it? 

PeacePeaceBy the Lake  

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) accotink bench lake park https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2021/1/storming-the-capitol Wed, 06 Jan 2021 22:33:08 GMT
Dam It! https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2021/1/dam-it "Legislatures"

"I think I can say, and say with pride, that we have some legislatures that bring higher prices than any in the world."
Mark Twain, 1873, Id., p.159

I did not have much time today but wanted to spend a bit of that time trying long exposures with a neutral density filter. I headed for Lake Accotink and stopped at the dam. This is a 30 second exposure converted to B&W. I learned that I have a lot to learn with this set of filters and equipment. This is a 10 stop change in the light that comes into the sensor and I was only successful 1 out of 8 images. Time to hit the books (or YouTube). 

Lake AccotinkLake AccotinkLong exposure of water flowing over Lake Accotink Dam

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) Dam Lake Mark Twain https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2021/1/dam-it Mon, 04 Jan 2021 20:47:26 GMT
Burke Lake Park https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2021/1/burke-lake-park "Training"

"Talent is useless without training."
Mark Twain, 1879, Id., p.280

Yesterday I had a random thought: before the days get too long and sunset is a bit inconvenient, why not head out to the lake just before the sun was going to set and see if there are images to be found. And off I head to Burke Lake, my "go-to" photo goldmine. Surprise, surprise, I was not alone in my desire for a sunset at the lake, in fact, parking was a problem! But, I had a great walk, everyone was masked except some of the runners/bikers and everyone was paying attention to social distancing. The weather was very un-January like, 45 degrees with clear skies. The disc golf course was jammed, people waiting on all of the tees; the hiking paths were very busy with lots of families and couples hiking briskly through the forest, and there were even people out on the water in canoes and kayaks. I found this image at my favorite photo-perch but had to wait a while for the bench to be unoccupied. I didn't wait for the sun to go down, I wanted to beat the closing traffic rush.

Marina viewNature's Gallery SeatPark bench at Burke Lake overlooking the Marina

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) bench burke lake marina park https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2021/1/burke-lake-park Sun, 03 Jan 2021 16:58:22 GMT
Happy New Year! https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2021/1/happy-new-year Hard to believe that we are in 2021, wow, it makes me feel verrryyyy experienced. I have lots to be thankful for as the calendar turns and I have lots to hope for as COVID continues to wreak its horrible swath of death and division through this country. I am no longer monitoring or using social media because of the disinformation and hate that is rampant and believed. 

I have a new project in the "Projects" section of the site, I'm making a book and the first galley of pages is ready. Some of the poems and images were previously published but not in this arrangement. As I make changes, including more pages, I will also have a blog post noting the change. I would very much appreciate comments and critiques. I know there are only a couple of you out there reading the blog (smile) but I value your input. Or you can email me!

This image is of the Duke Ellington Bridge in Washington, DC, taken from next to Rock Creek.

Duke Ellington BridgeDuke Ellington BridgeView from Rock Creek Park of the Duke Ellington Bridge

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) bridge dc duke ellington https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2021/1/happy-new-year Sat, 02 Jan 2021 12:43:47 GMT
New Year's Eve https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/12/new-years-eve "New Year's Resolutions"

"Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions.
Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual...
New Year's is a harmless annual institution,
of no particular use to anybody save as a scapegoat
for promiscuous drunks, and friend calls, and humbug resolutions..."

Mark Twain, Id., p194

This year has ended. Many things can and will be written about 2020 and many of the writings will seem grander than they really should be. We all had to adjust.  We've had many, many tragic losses and we must somehow remember them and what those people would have contributed to this world. We are in the middle of the Twelve Days of Christmas so it's not too late to be kind to someone! Later this month I will sit in judgement of the images I've made this year and post them. I think I will narrow the set down to twelve...one for each month, perhaps a calendar is coming!

Twelve Days of ChristmasTwelve Days of ChristmasChristmas isn't over, we still have 7 days left!

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) Christmas New Year's https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/12/new-years-eve Thu, 31 Dec 2020 16:37:35 GMT
Like Clockwork https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/12/like-clockwork "Legislatures"

"This (Hawaiian) Legislature is like all other legislatures. A woodenhead gets up and proposes an
utterly absurd something or other, and he and half a dozen other woodenheads discuss it
with windy vehemence for an hour, the remainder of the house sitting in silent patience the while,
and then a sensible man---a man of weight---a big gun---gets up and shows the
foolishness of the matter in five sentences; a vote is taken and the thing is tabled."

Mark Twain, 1866, Id., p158

The days are counting down to the end of this awful, scary year. Of course the turn of the calendar page is only an artifice of things and doesn't actually separate anything that could be construed as helpful. Well. Perhaps a new tax year? Perhaps a new medical insurance year? Hmmm, well maybe there is something to this New Year thing. I often think about time, I'm not the only one since people have been keeping track of time for millenia, I mean think of Stone Henge, Tulum, and more.

A couple of years ago I did a walkabout with friends at the Bromo Seltzer Tower in Baltimore. The last vestige of a financial and "medical" empire from a century ago. The tower was intended to be a miniature Big Bend and is consequently quite a site. We had the chance to crawl around inside the tower at the clock level. The highly polished brass movements reminded me of the inside of old pocket watches...very elaborate and precise looking.

Wheels of TImeWheels of TimeClock movement inside the Bromo Seltzer Tower in Baltimore, MD

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) bromo clock movement seltzer tower https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/12/like-clockwork Wed, 30 Dec 2020 16:41:15 GMT
Winter https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/12/winter "Familiarity"

"Familiarity breeds contempt & children."
Mark, Twain, Id., p95

I went on a short walkabout with a friend today in Holmes Run Park in Alexandria. This park is several miles long running west to east through the city ending in the Potomac. The walk was short because the wind was a tad brisk and biting. I wasn't in a creative mood and so few images were found. In fact, I think that the best part of the walkabout was the walking part. For Christmas I received a pair of hiking poles and I gave them a test run! I loved that I could also poke about in the leaves that cover the ground and find the holes that I used to inevitably fall into. The sun was high and harsh and so black and white seemed an appropriate approach. This small pond had some really bright grass framing the reflections on the water. A couple of ducks were feeding next to a weed patch in the middle of the pond. I didn't want this to be another bird watching session!

Winter PondWinter PondWinter pond in Holmes Run Park in Alexandria, VA

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) alexandria park winter https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/12/winter Tue, 29 Dec 2020 17:22:59 GMT
Out of the Darkness https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/12/out-of-the-darkness "Jackass"

"Concerning the difference between man & the jackass.
Some observers hold that there isn't any. But this wrongs the jackass.
"  Mark Twain, 1899
The Quotable Mark Twain, R.K. Rasmussen

I'm opting out of social media for a bit. I will work harder on my creative skills including looking at images that didn't seem special when they found me. This one, for instance, was a beautiful flower I found in a pond at high noon at Hillwood. The backdrop of the flower was the deeply shadowed stone bank or wall of the pond. I'm a fan of the stark contrasts and textures and complimenting colors. 

I'm also a fan of Mark Twain/Samuel Clemens. I find his skills delightful and inspiring. I have read and re-read many of his works. I will provide a quote by him in many of my posts. As a source, I'm using Rasmussen's "The Quotable Mark Twain." The quotes won't necessarily match the image or the story of the post but they will always make me smile and I hope they do you, too.

I am going to post this post (hah! see) on FB but then will no longer do that after today. If you haven't already, please click on the "Subscribe RSS" button on this page. If you aren't on my mailing list, you can sign up by going here. I really do appreciate those of you who follow me. You can always write or comment!! 

"Out of the Darkness"Out of the Darkness"Lotus growing in pond at Hillwood during the summer of 2019

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) Contrast Deep Flower Hillwood https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/12/out-of-the-darkness Mon, 28 Dec 2020 17:29:40 GMT
Should I Leave Social Media https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/12/should-i-leave-social-media I am considering leaving social media...and by that I mean, no more Facebook, no more Instagram, no more twitter, no more of the "same." No more echochamber. I am interested in your thoughts. Does me leaving social media make a difference? Will leaving help me listen? How will I listen? How can I let people know what I'm doing (do they care)? I think I want to spend more time on my raw creativity and less time feeding the machine and then reacting. I've been at a low level of participation for a few weeks, and now...I don't know. I want to create...not feed the beast. What do you think? 

Prison DoorPrison DoorDoor into the gymnasium at Lorton Prison

 

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) Lorton Prison https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/12/should-i-leave-social-media Sun, 20 Dec 2020 21:58:26 GMT
Sunrise https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/12/sunrise My bride and I were up early and thanks to the shortest days of the year, we could call this a sunrise walk!! She is walking toward the rising sun which is peeking through the trees and just above the hill line. We were visiting Huntsman Lake...the temperature was just below freezing and the lake had a very thin coat of ice. A chilly day but all in all, beautiful.

SunriseWalking SunriseWalking toward the rising sun on the dam at Huntsman Lake

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) Lake Sunrise walking https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/12/sunrise Fri, 18 Dec 2020 19:21:06 GMT
Mt Zion Cemetery! Underground Railroad? https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/12/mt-zion-cemetery-underground-railroad Yesterday I went to Georgetown with a friend and we did a walkabout in another cemetery. Actually, two cemeteries!! Both are primarily the final resting places for African-Americans from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Mount Zion Cemetery and the Female Union Band Cemetery were originally part of the Old Methodist Burying ground which started in 1808. Originally for whites and blacks but separated by a fence, the cemetery eventually fell into disrepair. Part of the site washed away and the remains went towards Rock Creek where they would have been covered by construction of the parkway. The site has been the subject of decades of litigation and is currently a "passive memorial" in need of a great deal of restoration and preservation. A small brick vault sits on the hillside of the Mt Zion side and is rumored to have been part of the Underground Railroad during the years leading up to the Civil War.

The Mt Zion side of the cemetery has some "piles of headstones." I can only speculate how they got there. I think the most likely scenario is past attempts to gather artifacts that had perhaps been displaced, perhaps as far away as the Rock Creek Parkway.  These piles of stones are only on the Mt Zion side, none on the Female Union Band side. The one image of the Female Union Band gravesite with the "Father-Mother" stone, has the Oak Hill Cemetery in the background. Oak Hill was started after Mt Zion and was Whites only. When Oak Hill opened many Whites exhumed their family members from Mt Zion and reinterred them at Oak Hill also taking away the perpetual funding. The difference between these Black and White cemeteries is stark and continues.  

Headstones Mt ZionStone GatheringHeadstones arranged in Mt Zion cemetery VaultUnderground Railroad stop! This vault was used for "pre-burial" storage, is hidden over the hill from the street and was frequently used by runaway enslaved people on their flight to freedom in the north. HeadstonesStone YardHeadstones gathered on the Mt Zion hilltop. HeadstonesHeadstones in the Female Union Band CemeteryHeadstones in the Female Union Band Cemetery on the edge of a slope overlooking the manicured grounds of Oak Hill Cemetery.

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) Cemetery disrepair headstones https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/12/mt-zion-cemetery-underground-railroad Wed, 16 Dec 2020 16:21:59 GMT
Birds!! https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/12/birds I don't intend to find images of birds and I'm certainly not equipped with the huge lenses normally required to have good bird images. Not that these are any good, but they are relatively close, except for the eagle. The eagle was on a closed dock in north Old Town. There was an opening in the fence and so I walked out to get closer so my tiny lens had half a chance of capturing the bird. I have better eagle images but this one was right in the middle of town! Well, sort of. Actually on the edge of town on a piling next to the Potomac. I'm guessing that it's not a very old bird, the coloring on the head and body seemed to be that of a juvenile just entering adulthood. 

The crow was at the end of another dock. He and I had quite a conversation for several minutes as I inched ever closer. I had a wide angle lens on so couldn't really get a closeup. He was very vocal about me getting closer and eventually decided enough was enough and I was lucky to be ready for that moment.

The sparrow, well, the little thing was obviously cold and didn't mind me getting close. In fact, this is the wide angle lens, i was about two feet away from it when I snapped the shutter. 

I am not a birder. I am not a birder. I am not a birder.
 

https://cloud.ibm.com/loginEagle in Old TownYoung bald eagle sitting on a piling in Old Town Alexandria Impatient CrowImpatient CrowI had talked with this crow for several minutes before he thought I'd gotten too close SparrowSparrowPerhaps an English Sparrow

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) Alexandria bald crow eagle https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/12/birds Thu, 10 Dec 2020 18:07:02 GMT
Thankful https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/11/thankful I am very thankful for my family and friends and all the blessings we enjoy. I am also thankful that the locals, the Wampanoag Nation, helped the pilgrims way back in 1620. I am saddened, however, about how this tribe and others were treated in following years...even today.

Sculpture at the National Museum of the American IndianNational Museum of the American IndianSculpture at the National Museum of the American Indian

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) american indian sculpture https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/11/thankful Thu, 26 Nov 2020 17:26:57 GMT
Quiet https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/11/quiet Something about being near the water makes "sounds" more significant. I am positive a scientific explanation exists for this phenomenon but I prefer a more spiritual or natural description of why this is true. First, let it be said no absolutes exist for what I hear around the water. An explosive waterfall, a crashing ocean wave, or as in this image, nothing. Well, the distant sounds of honking geese. Everything was quiet except for those geese. Perhaps this is a good way to start or end a day...with the peace and quiet of still waters. 

Burke Lake DockBurke Lake DockStill waters at Burke Lake on a cold November day

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/11/quiet Tue, 24 Nov 2020 18:22:01 GMT
Just One More Bridge https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/11/just-one-more-bridge I wrote this short story for a Creative Writing class at George Mason. The images are from a covered bridge close to Frederick, Maryland. The story continues after the second image.


Covered Bridge near Frederick, MD that provided the theme for the fictional short storyCovered BridgeCovered Bridge near Frederick, MD that provided the theme for the fictional short story

Just One More Bridge

Lee Halvorsen

Just one more bridge. That’s all, I told myself. Just one more bridge. I smiled as my mind filled with bridge clichés and Hallmark Coming Home movies and Prodigal Son stories but none of them is what I’m feeling now. My smile quickly faded. I’ve been sitting on this rock in the ditch looking at that bridge for an hour. Looking at it, hoping for a sign or any indication of comfort or familiarity. I mean, for crying out loud, the bridge should know me! For 18 years I’d been carried over, walked on, or driven over that rickety pile of boards and nails. I hid underneath the damn thing to escape the rain or the enraged football rivals from just over the county line. I remember thundering tires, creaking beams, swirling dust, and dripping mud. But all mine! This was my bridge. The gateway to my childhood home.

Becky and I would sneak out of high school every chance we got and then head for my bridge. Once away from the school we walked slowly, held hands, and picked daisies. When we were riverside, we made a wish,  threw the blossoms into the water, and watched them swirl away. We imagined doing that same thing with our lives, swirling away and finding a new place together. One day we did swirl away. Just not together.

Under the bridge selected to accompany the fictional short storyRiver under the bridgeUnder the bridge selected to accompany the fictional short story Dad would take me fishing under the bridge. He liked the bridge’s shade and told me the fish liked shade too. I doubted they did; I think in the ten years we fished under the bridge, we caught only five fish! I’d get quite frustrated about the lack of action and want to head somewhere else. He’d always say, “No, let’s give it a little more time,” and then he’d start to talk with me again. Even on the hottest summer day, it was always comfortable under my bridge. I asked him once why we didn’t fish at sunrise or sunset when it was cooler and a better hour to catch fish. He answered with a smile, “We aren’t here for the fish.”

My mom taught me to drive in a 1957 Rambler station wagon with a three speed stick on the column, a very, very manual transmission. I didn’t know then and I don’t know now, how the magic of car mechanics happens  but I do know this Rambler did not have power steering. I was only 14 and barely able to reach the pedals. Turning the beast while changing gears and accelerating or decelerating was a challenge. Of course, right over on the home side of the bridge the road curved sharply, way sharply;  you had to slow, change gears, turn, straighten, accelerate, change gears, turn, slow, accelerate, and then NOT hit the bridge! I’m willing to bet the marks from my first three Rambler bridge crossings are still visible.

Even the Hallmark Channel admits you can’t go home again. I haven’t been back here in decades. I left in a huff...angry, hateful words stinging and sticking between us. I hadn’t seen him since that night’s fierce battle and I’m now realizing I never will. I just missed him, only one day late. Time to head over the bridge. Well, maybe there’s a little time for fishing.

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) bridge covered growing up https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/11/just-one-more-bridge Sun, 22 Nov 2020 14:00:38 GMT
Women and the Right To Vote https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/8/women-and-the-right-to-vote Things worthwhile are seldom easily attained and the right to vote is one of those things. Yesterday I wrote about Suffragists who were imprisoned and tortured in Lorton Prison in Fairfax County, Virginia. Today I coincidentally read an article by Kate Clarke Lemay (https://tinyurl.com/yxtt5oj6) about American women participating in World War I. Apparently the line of thought was that women should not have the right to vote since they did not help the country during combat. Of course, that limitatiation was a result of male-made regulations and laws.

But, there is another story from 102 years ago about fighting for those rights on the battlefield. The National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) independently funded and sent 78 American women doctors and nurses to France. With assistance from other Suffragists, they built medical installations, hospitals, etc., and provided critical medical care on and very near the battlefields. Black women were sadly shut out of NAWSA but organized themselves under Howard University graduate Dr. Mary L. Brown and provided similar support through the Red Cross. Not surprisingly, more than 100 American women during WWI were decorated by foreign governments...but none by the United States.

This image, "Yesterday's Vision" is from the Rawlings Conservatory in Baltimore, MD, and was taken in March 2018. The conservatory was originally opened in 1888 and was renovated in 2002-4.

 

Rawlings Conservatory"Yesterday's Vision"Rawlings Conservatory entryway in Baltimore, Maryland

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) conservatory rawlings https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/8/women-and-the-right-to-vote Sun, 16 Aug 2020 15:49:50 GMT
Lorton Workhouse and the "Night of Terror" https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/8/lorton-workhouse-and-the-night-of-terror I admit that I am a bit fascinated by the entire Lorton Prison Complex. Founded over a 100 years ago as one of those places that was intended to be an island of penance where one could be rehabilitated by being given a chance to repent, do honest labor, and have time to yourself in a serene environment. This was the "Penitentiary" concept. However, from some of the reading I've done, that goal and those methods were short lived. 

For instance, just over a hundred years ago, women suffragists silently marched six days a week outside of the White House protesting that women did not have the right to vote. These women were called the "Silent Sentinels" and were often arrested on trumped up or trivial charges like "obstructing traffic." They were given a choice, pay a fine or go to Lorton Workhouse Prison for Women.

One of these women, Alice Paul, was sentenced to seven months for obstructing traffic, was treated roughly and fed only bread and water. To protest her treatment she went on a hunger strike. In response, prison officials tied her to a chair, held her down, had a large woman physically straddle her, and then had two other women force a rubber hose into her nose and down to her stomach from which she was force fed. Publicity of this atrocity didn't stop or slow the same or similar treatment to other women. On November 14,1917, called the "Night of Terror," the Lorton Prison superintendent ordered many of the Silent Sentinels to be severely beaten. All were hurt, some terribly, some to unconsciousness. This wasn't fake news, this was an American institution beating political prisoners who had no voice in the political system. News of the atrocity did leak out and two weeks later the women were released from prison. Three years later, the Nineteenth Amendment was passed. (From the Smithsonian, "Folk Life," https://tinyurl.com/y2fx5kas)

The Women's prison is mostly gone. Across the street from where the Women's facility was located, the Lorton Workhouse Art Center stands with a museum dedicated to the Prison's history including the Silent Sentinels. These images are from the Workhouse area.

Lorton Workhouse PrisonLorton Workhouse Prison Guard Tower overlooking the old baseball field and scoreboard from the Lorton Workhouse Old Power Plant at Lorton WorkhouseOld Power Plant at Lorton WorkhouseOld Power Plant at Lorton Workhouse Barred WindowsBarred WindowsWindow in the Gym at the old Lorton Workhouse Prison Lorton WorkhouseLorton WorkhouseFlowers behind the ruins of the dugout at the baseball field with the guard tower in the distance.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) Lorton Prison suffragettes Virginia https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/8/lorton-workhouse-and-the-night-of-terror Sat, 15 Aug 2020 13:38:26 GMT
My Trip Through Maximum Security https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/7/my-trip-through-maximum-security When the Lorton prison first started as the Occoquan Workhouse, the idea was that prisoners could be rehabilitated with clean conditions, fresh air, and reasonable work. In the latter half of the 20th century and the advent of extreme drug enforcement and the push to jail folks no matter the offense, Lorton began bulging at the seams. The guard who took me through the facilities talked about the murders in the gym, the yards, the barracks...well, pretty much everywhere. Apparently you could get whatever drug made you happy, better than the street. Lots of cats. Lots of mayhem. When we walked through, the place had been abandoned for years and was targeted for renovation as a shopping mall. The max security part of the very large facility consisted of barracks, a gymnasium, and other admin and support buildings. Those are now high end apartments and condos. At the center of this part of Lorton was the high walled portion. Inside the wall were barracks with single prisoner cells, kitchen facilities, and the "Hole." All that's left of the Hole is the black foundation. The individual cell barracks were still there when I walked through, those will be converted to shopping and dining facilities. 

I didn't go through all six of the barracks, only two of them and the kitchen or central facility (which now faces Silverbrook Rd). There was no electricity and the light was minimal.

The first image was on the ground floor of one of the barracks. In a hallway prior to the cellblock, I went into a room that was about 16x16' with no windows; the only light came through the doorway from a window down the hall, quite a few feet away.  I was startled by the colorful art which literally leapt out at me despite the darkness; Prisoner art I was told.  

Before you enter a cell block there is an area, I don't know what it's called, it's like a foyer or waiting area. Some of them had metal tables, some exercise equipment, some were just empty rooms leading to the cells. This one had a tiger painted right next to the door. Prisoner art or guard art...who knows.

The third image was taken in one of the entryways to the kitchen. Of course all sorts of things go through my mind about how it was made and what the materials might have been. There is an outside chance it could have been done by intruders after the prison closed but the County has had an armed guard at the facility to keep prowlers out so I don't think so. I think that the symbolism and desperateness of the symbol speak volumes for where it is located.

Prisoner Art, Lorton, VAPrisoner Art Lorton, VATaken from the interior of a small room at Lorton. Not a cell, maybe an admin room.

Prisoner art at LortonPrisoner Art, The Tiger, at Lorton Entryway to the cellblock at Lorton. Prisoner art on the wall in the waiting room

Prisoner Art at LortonPrisoner Art at LortonPrisoner Art from the kitchen at Lorton Prison  

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) art lorton prison prisoner virginia https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/7/my-trip-through-maximum-security Sat, 18 Jul 2020 14:08:51 GMT
Lorton Prison https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/7/lorton-prison I stopped by the Lorton Prison Maximum Security unit today...except now it's almost a shopping center. Thirty years ago it was an awful place, a violent, drug laced prison where few were actually rehabilitated. Now. Well now, the old buildings have been renovated and are condos, apartments and soon to be supermarkets. My how the world changes. I wonder what former inmates think if they ever come out here. There is an old house on the grounds, it was built around 1780 by the first recorded land owner, William Lindsay. He is buried in a small cemetery just a few yards away.   Lorton Prison Guard TowerLorton Prison Guard TowerLorton Prison Guard Tower now overlooking old prisoner cell blocks that have been converted to condos

Lindsay HouseLindsay HouseWIlliam Lindsay built this house around 1782. It's been added onto extensively over the centuries and is now boarded up and off limits. Lindsay HouseLindsay HouseView of the back porch of the Lindsay House. Sitting in ruins, probably not long for this world.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) lindsay lorton prison https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/7/lorton-prison Fri, 17 Jul 2020 22:07:52 GMT
Marina - Walkabout DMV Project https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/7/marina---walkabout-dmv-project During the COVID Calamity I have decided to get out at least once a week on a "non-interactive basis"...which means I won't actually get close to anyone. I will post a picture or two from each of these outings, even if they are only just okay images. I guess just to prove that I'm alive if nothing else. I'm also going to post them on twitter (VASnaps) and IG (@leehalvorsen) so you might see them more than once. Oh, the agony.

Yesterday a friend and I went to Belle Haven Marina (separate cars BTW). It's an interesting place, fully operational although not terribly busy. It's a school and perhaps a summer camp like operation for kids. There are quite a few boats at dock, all sizes, all types, all conditions. There is an inland waterway kind of thing that has older boats tied up, boats that don't look like they've seen the open water in a long time. Lots of kayaks, boards, etc. Most of the people visiting were masked, more than half I'd guess. 

After the marina we walked for a short bit on the trail in Dyke's Marsh. The image of sailboats taken through the trees is from that trail. That was a peaceful walk. There were portions of the trail that were directly next to the river and the shore was a sandy beach. We also saw an eagle, sitting alone on the branch of a dead tree with nothing else around it. Perfectly posed!! But I only had my short lens and so no closeup eagle shots. Oh well, the eagle has been done before, but I enjoyed the sight! Only about half the people walking on the trail had masks. Sigh.

Belle Haven MarinaBelle Haven MarinaBelle Haven Marina, boats at anchor taken from Dyke's Marsh trail

Flat TopFlat TopFlat Top boat tied up in Belle Haven Marina Old BoatsOld BoatsKayaks and an old sailboat in the Belle Haven Marina

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) alexandria at belle boats haven marina on potomac the va https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/7/marina---walkabout-dmv-project Thu, 16 Jul 2020 13:35:30 GMT
Pileated Woodpeckers https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/7/pileated-woodpeckers A magnificent bird! And I normally do not do birds, I don't have the money for the exotic lenses required. This little girl was different, she seemed to be posing for me. I was about ten feet away from her and she just moved from pose to pose quite naturally. Other birds leave her alone, even the blue jays give her the choice of which feeder she wants to be on. We think she's young because her plume isn't yet bright red, more of a bright orange. We've had a couple of them earlier in the year so perhaps this is one of the offspring. She's fun to watch. But I still won't do birds on purpose. Maybe.

Pileated WoodpeckerPileated WoodpeckerOn the feeder in the front yard tolerating me quite well.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) Pileated Woodpeckers https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/7/pileated-woodpeckers Wed, 08 Jul 2020 16:04:27 GMT
Upside Down https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/7/upside-down Yesterday I "Masked Up" and went out with a friend to Ballston in Arlington. T'was a bit warm although not miserably so. I was particularly uninspired and so only made a couple/three dozen shutter snaps. When I looked at the images at home, I was not disappointed in my anticipated disappointment. However, I thought to myself, "There must be something here!" Another friend has been experimenting with double exposures creating gossamer-like images that exude emotion and tenderness. Well, I knew I'd get nothing tender shooting at high noon in a glass city but I thought the double exposure thing might have merit for this set of images. I chose not to get too cosmic with the effects and so only did a vertical flip and then a color/light blend of the layers. I ended up with sci-fi like images that made me smile. And...isn't that what art is all about. 

This is a double exposure, flipped vertically of some glass buildings in Arlington.Spaceship "Arlington"This is a double exposure, flipped vertically of some glass buildings in Arlington. ArlingtonArlingtonBallston Commons in Arlington, Double Exposure, Flipped Vertically Suspended EntrywaySuspended EntrywayBallston Commons in Arlington, Double Exposure, Flipped Vertically  

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) arlington double exposures va https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/7/upside-down Fri, 03 Jul 2020 12:14:04 GMT
Video, "Suddenly Lonely" https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/6/video-suddenly-lonely Most of the time I work only with images. One of the challenges I have is deciding which images go with one another and in what sequence or order they should be placed. I don't think that this is a skill that stays with me, like riding a bike, but rather this is a skill that I have to keep practicing. And so I do that but normally within a software program and normally I don't "publish" my practice sessions. But I decided to make an exception and I put this set in a video and tried to make the sequence work along with some music, click on: titled, "Suddenly Lonely." 

Oh. BTW, I'm not sure I could ride a bike. I guess I better try!

This is a long exposure image taken in DC during the winter.

Real?Real?Long exposure taken in Washington, DC, in the winter

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) DC exposure Long Washington https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/6/video-suddenly-lonely Sat, 27 Jun 2020 15:51:33 GMT
Ice Cream Castles https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/6/ice-cream-castles Castles in the CloudsCastles in the CloudsCastles in the Clouds from Burke Lake Park

When I was younger I spent quite a bit of time looking at clouds (before my pilot days!). Joni Mitchell's song was very appropriate to me then...probably even now. I desperately wanted to be a writer when I was a teen and I'd write stuff, most of which is long gone both in memory and in fact. But this week I was going through old boxes to "downsize" and found an unopened letter forwarded by my parents to me in my room at 201 Hansen Hall at South Dakota State University. The "letter" was actually a typewritten poem by me that I had submitted to some contest or jury or something in the spring of 1967. There was a nice note from Adeline M Jenney at the bottom of the letter encouraging me to continue my poetry. Ms Jenney was the Poet Laureate of South Dakota back in those days. Here's the poem.

Dreaming

I often wonder what I'm here for,
Maybe it's to just dream from birth to death
Of what I want or could be or should be,
For that's all I do to pass the time.

I see many others around me who
Are dreaming too; most of the are
Lost, drifting from one place to another,
Looking for the dream to end their misery.

Perhaps I too will someday be a part of that
Moving, seething mob. Maybe.
What if I wake? God only knows
What a shock it would be to my sleeping mind.

Then there are the others, those who never dream.
Though I often envy them for their power,
Most often I see only someone so tired
But so afraid to dream.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) and castles cloud poetry https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/6/ice-cream-castles Thu, 25 Jun 2020 10:45:18 GMT
Listening https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/6/listening Listening is a skill. One that admittedly, I'm not very good at...and you should know that an abundance of historical evidence exists showing my true clumsiness at listening. I think many of us are in the same boat...a reluctance to listen and to hear what others are experiencing before we act.  Racism is something we learn, something we teach and hopefully something we can unlearn and unteach. But I propose that the first step is NOT to act on what we think should happen but rather listen to others, especially those who have suffered the negative impacts of racism over the centuries.

Some of my friends might say, "You liberal snob, you don't know what you're talking about." I think they're right, I don't know the scope the depth the width the inhumanity of racism. I am not sure how I should listen either. So my quest is, hopefully with the help of others, to learn to listen. Some of my friends recommend I listen to FoxNews and the network's most popular star. But I think that person and that type of rhetoric doesn't want me to learn to listen to others, only to him. So I will start searching out other people, books, videos, etc. I've learned that PBS has some really well done documentaries, if you have the time, take a look at what they have to offer.

I'm reluctant to go out because of my health and COVID, but I have and now I worry. I may have to modify my behavior. Maybe behavior modification should be a thing. This image found me in Springfield a couple of days ago as locals came out to support Black Lives Matter. #blm

BLMBlack Lives Matter Demonstration #BLMBlack Lives Matter Demonstration in Springfield, VA

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) #blm https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/6/listening Sat, 13 Jun 2020 13:15:05 GMT
My Back Deck https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/5/my-back-deck I did not go outside today except to help take the dog to the vet (sprained foreleg!). Most of the morning we had a light rain and frankly, neither my camera nor me is especially fond of rain. That's not an exclusive exclusion, sometimes I go out but not today. We have a glass patio table, I couldn't get the table to pose so I did the next best thing and moved around myself. And got wet. Smile. Oh, and one of the overhead light string. 

Rain drops on our patio tableRain drops on our patio tableRain drops on the patio table picking up the reflected light from other things on the patio LightRain and light, or is that light rainPun for the rainy day Drops of water fall from glass tableDrops of water fall from glass tableDrops of water falling from the table during a rainstorm

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) rain yard https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/5/my-back-deck Thu, 28 May 2020 21:43:13 GMT
Walking Alone https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/5/walking-alone I went on an exercise walk today to the "trail" next to the Potomac on the southside of Alexandria. There were people walking and running and riding  during most of the walk. The runners and all but one of the bikers did not have masks. When I first started, I was thinking that I wouldn't wear a mask because I was outside and could easily stay six feet away. Howsomever, the trail was only 5-6 feet across and it was impossible to maintain the proper distance. So..on came the mask. And off came the glasses since I haven't yet solved the problem of fogging lenses. I would say that of the non-atheletes, about half wore masks. THe other half expected me to move since they weren't going to make the effort. And, I did. 

Father-daughter walkFather-daughter walk. I assumed this was father and daughter but maybe not, who knows. He was masked, she was not. I think I'd be researching why kids don't get the virus.

Bridge and BoardwalkBridge and BoardwalkLooking from the Alexandria River Walk to the Woodrow WIlson Bridge

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) alexandria potomac shores https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/5/walking-alone Wed, 27 May 2020 18:49:34 GMT
Walk in the Woods https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/5/walk-in-the-woods A friend and I did our exercise walk in a park in Arlington today. The place was very "woodsy" and we sort of expected to find campers or at least campsites at every turn in the trail. The place was beautiful, tall green trees, babbling brook, "easy" trails, and quiet...very quiet. All this within shouting distance of the GW Parkway and embedded in a residential area which you could only see if you looked up and through the thick trees. I had some that I liked, most not so much, but I am thinking I need more practice!!!

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) Arlington Forest park https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/5/walk-in-the-woods Wed, 13 May 2020 19:15:15 GMT
Dog Walk https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/5/dog-walk The dog took me for a walk this morning. This was an adventure since I don't have a neck camera strap and hand-carry my camera ALL the time. The "dog" is our 45 pound, six month old puppy who wakes with the unlimited energy of a golden retriever at her age. So far, my reasoning with her to remain calm hasn't been successful. Ah, but someday. Nonetheless, she did let me have a few random seconds and fortunately the light was good. The sun was just rising over the neighbor's house onto their flowers next to the sidewalk. The raindrops, the reflected colors, and the texture of the plants were fun to see and to have in my camera. I was so taken with the textures that I also did a B&W conversion...which do you like more.

Flower petals with raindrops. B&W conversionFlower petals with raindrops. B&W conversionFlower petals with raindrops. B&W conversion Flower petals with raindrops. Color versionFlower petals with raindrops. Color versionFlower petals with raindrops. Color version

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) flowers raindrops street walking https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/5/dog-walk Mon, 11 May 2020 12:31:15 GMT
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/5/vietnam-veterans-memorial-wall Yesterday I took a quick trip to DC for my "exercise walk." I went to the Wall which is always, well, difficult or at least a bit emotional. I knew what to expect, that is, that no one would be there. And there wasn't anyone there, or rather, only a few...five over the thirty minute period I was there. I sat next to the wall and walked on the walk for almost an hour before I ducked over to the Lincoln Memorial.

I was moved to show an image from several years ago that contrasts with the scene I found yesterday. Yesterday's was a lonely walk.

Vietnam Veterans Wall SoldiersVietnam Veterans Wall SoldiersVietnam War Era vets posing in front of the soldiers at the Vietnam Veterans Wall Soldier Sculptures Overlooking the WallSoldier Sculptures Overlooking the WallVietnam Veterans Wall Memorial, soldiers on overloook Vietnam Veterans Wall east sideVietnam Veterans Wall east sideVietnam Veterans Wall on the east looking toward the Washington Monument  

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) veterans vietnam wall https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/5/vietnam-veterans-memorial-wall Sat, 09 May 2020 20:18:53 GMT
Haunted Stairwell https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/5/haunted-stairwell This is probably not really haunted...but really, if something "out in the open" deserved to be haunted, this is the place. Looking at the surroundings and the mood, I was left with a feeling of apprehension, perhaps this was the scene of mayhem many years ago. At least that is what the mood was. I found the shot which was similar to one a friend took some time ago. So maybe that's the ghost...an image gone.

Haunted Stairwell under the railroad bridge?Haunted Stairwell under the railroad bridge?Haunted Stairwell under the railroad bridge? Probably not but this is the"look" I would imagine.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/5/haunted-stairwell Sat, 02 May 2020 19:13:19 GMT
West King https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/4/west-king I was in Alexandria today but not in the normal spots, rather I walked around in the west end of Old Town, west King. Not many people. Really almost none. One guy out in his pajamas but he was having difficulty with the mud so the jammies were probably the least of his worries. Lots of memories, even in that side of town. Of course, this post apocalyptical mood is easy to catch and hard to shake.  StairwelDiscombobulated stairwellI sliced the image into bits and let it fall where it may. Lone greenLone green in a field of blackLone green in a field of black struggling to come in someone's front yard.

 

Under the bridgeUnder the railway bridgeMakes me think about how much work needs to be done

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) Alexandria bridge https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/4/west-king Wed, 29 Apr 2020 19:22:02 GMT
Rainy Day Walkabout https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/4/rainy-day-walkabout The weather has been cold and rainy which would seem to be great for staying inside, but when inside is the only "side" I see, I hope for just a bit more than in the 50s. Our furnace came on for crying out loud!! The rain does wash away the pollen which is coming on strong and trying to make my allergies fire up. Yesterday Diane and I and Sunny went for a quick walk together and I found these images.

A friend mentioned that some of my images "completely fill the frame"  and I thought I would try to replicate that process. I changed the tones and shades to replicate an image taken 60 years ago...I'm feeling my age. I remember having an old Hasseblad with color film, I remember my prints coming out like this.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) flowers rain https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/4/rainy-day-walkabout Mon, 27 Apr 2020 19:31:31 GMT
It's Been A Long Time!!! https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/4/its-been-a-long-time I haven't posted for several weeks which is a problem. I'd like to say I've been really, really busy but that's not exactly what's been happening. Part of the issue, of course, is the COVID-19 lockdown and my reluctance to dare the virus demons. I still have that respect but managed to score some masks from China (but still am staying mostly close to home). Yesterday, though, I decided I needed exercise and so met a friend at Ivy Hill Cemetery in Alexandria. We walked the hills and dales of this peaceful domain. A few others were also walking about but we maintained our proper social distance. Some images found me and I'm posting them here, You would think that the subject matter of a cemetery would be melancholy, but, the setting was serene, peaceful, and a bright spot always seemed to find me.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) B&W Cemetery Hill Ivy https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/4/its-been-a-long-time Thu, 23 Apr 2020 14:53:29 GMT
Training https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/3/training This image is from outside of the B&O Museum in Baltimore. From a year ago!! It might be that long before I go out again! Or before anybody lets me be in the same crowd as them. I fit the demographic for most of the "high risk" groups in the COVID pandemic. Consequently, I probably will not be going anywhere soon or anywhere where there are large groups of people. Which leaves out Costco, Target, grocery stores, Walmart, and...hmm. I think maybe I'm okay to go out if I go out and NOT use Metro. Which is NOT a good thing, I like Metro, it's very efficient and I like the low cost. I was getting ready to do a "Creativity Class" but I think I will do this free online instead of an in-person class. I am fascinated by trains, perhaps I need to join a group of train nuts!! 

B&O Railroad Museum YardB&O Railroad Museum YardThe yard at the B&O Museum in Baltimore, MD, one of the coolest museums in the regiion.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) b&o railroad https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/3/training Wed, 11 Mar 2020 21:26:38 GMT
Leap Year! https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/2/leap-year "tis the day to celebrate the dissonance of time with human clocks! And we get a reset, but I heard that the reset is not a complete solution and that periodically we don't have a leap year in the regularly scheduled sequence. But, all that's too much like math for me so...on we go to another place!

I was out yesterday riding the metro to get to NOMA for a meeting. Lots of people since it was rush hour. I imagine if the coronavirus continues its march westward that there won't be quite so many people about. Pretty scary thoughts, especially when you look back at the flu epidemic a hundred years or so ago. I have more thoughts but they border on the political so I will keep my pen quiet. 

On the metro, I think most people prefer to be invisible, just rolling along waiting to get off. Mostly we read, listen to music, listen to books, sleep, zone out. Sometimes, not often, we talk with one another. Mostly about work, methinks. 

Metro UpMetro UpDC Metro

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) metro https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/2/leap-year Sat, 29 Feb 2020 22:07:45 GMT
Clear Skies!!! https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/2/clear-skies At last the rain has stopped and the sun is out in its full glory. And, the temperature dropped into the teens. Which is pretty much normal for this time of the year but still. I think it was ten years ago that Snowmageddon hit! All part of global warming I'm guessing. I was driving on the beltway today and saw huge plumes of white smoke. I turned off at the Van Dorn Street exit to get a closer view of the large smoke stack and its little brother. At one point, I think this was a coal burning power plant but now I'm told, it's morphed into a trash incinerator. Of course, by the time I actually got close to the plant and was able to find a parking place, most of the "smoking" was done and just a slight double stream was all that remained. Still...

Trash incinerator Alexandria, VATrash incinerator Alexandria, VAFrom the metro parking lot a view of the incinerator in western Alexandria City

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) alexandria incinerator smoke https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/2/clear-skies Sat, 15 Feb 2020 18:01:21 GMT
Mountains in the Winter https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/2/mountains-in-the-winter We were in the Shenandoah when we picked up the puppy a couple of weeks ago. Well, not actually in them but in the foothills! The scenery is very cool no matter where you are but one of the challenges is finding a place to park so I can get out of the car and find photos!! The roads are usually very narrow with little to no shoulder. And they are winding so just stopping is not really the smartest thing in the world to do. I guess I could drive into someone's driveway and park but that isn't really polite and in this divisive world, probably not very smart. But I did find this image looking down a small hill back towards the mountains.

Foothills of the ShenandoahsFoothills of the ShenandoahsWInter day in the Foothills of the Shenandoahs

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) foothills sycamore winter https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/2/mountains-in-the-winter Mon, 10 Feb 2020 17:17:12 GMT
My Mustang https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/2/my-mustang In the summer of 1968 I took stock of my life as a college (about-to-be) sophomore and noticed something missing...a car! I'd been a freshman, living in a dorm, and walking to class, in the snow, uphill both ways! I needed a car. Plus, I'd somehow managed to find an apartment off campus and a couple of guys to move in with during the upcoming year. I don't remember what my summer job was that year, it may have been in the meat packing plant, but I know I had some money. But not enough. I found this really cool 1965 Mustang at a home dealership and got my dad to co-sign a loan for $1,600 to buy that car. I had a blast, it wasn't a racing mustang but it had a 289 cubic inch motor with a huge two barrel carburetor and it would go fast. Originally, it was painted burgundy with a black leather interior. One day it was parked in front of the apartment and someone slid (ice and snow) into it and crushed the side. I had it repainted in Chevy Racing Yellow and it just looked fast (and cool). Sadly, I only kept the car until the spring of 1971 when I sold it for $1,200 to put into my brand new Dodge Charger.

Last Thursday, I did a quick walkabout with a friend in the National Inventors Hall of Fame. That's a museum honoring inventors and it's located in the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO). The museum isn't part of the PTO but rather a separate non-profit business. One of the displays was two Mustangs, both driver side, but joined in the middle like one car...like a Brit Mustang on the right. The right side was the cockpit like layout of a 2018 Mustang, on the left was the driver's side of a 1965 Mustang, in black. Talk about memory lane, wow, I had some very, very cool times in that car during the two plus years I owned it and most of them came rushing back as I eased into the driver's seat to take this image. The seatbelt was invented and first put on a car in about 1963. The 65 Mustang was one of the first cars in production to have the seatbelt. I can still remember my neighbor across the street, Dan Doty, whose mother had a white convertible 1964 1/2 Mustang. The first model and certainly the first in my hometown.

   1965 Mustang Inventors Hall of Fame1965 Mustang Inventors Hall of Fame1965 Mustang Inventors Hall of Fame in the PTO

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) car museum mustang https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/2/my-mustang Sat, 08 Feb 2020 19:24:56 GMT
My Travel Day https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/2/my-travel-day I packed my virtual bags, pocketed my stock of good will, and headed for the exotic reaches of my neighborhood lake. Hah...that's another way of saying my inner artist screamed at me to get out of the house, open my imagination, and let an image find my camera!! I mounted my trusty steed, Sir Subaru, and headed for the hills, er, lake. It's a cloudy day and the lake's colors were washed out and the scenery was very flat. Plus, no contrasts for impactful B&Ws. Oh no. But then, this little bridge over a teeny creek just sort of called out and that's what you see here. I know I've written about the difference between creek and creek. Hmmm, or is that the difference between "crick" and "creek?" I think this was a crick, I mean, I could jump over the widest part of the stream and so the "creek" test is failed. The rule: if the stream is small enough to jump over, that stream is only a "crick." As in small enough to only challenge a cricket. 

Burke Lake PondBurke Lake PondSmall stream with a bridge that comes from a pond flowing into Burke Lake

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) bridge Burke Lake pond stream Virginia https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/2/my-travel-day Tue, 04 Feb 2020 20:50:57 GMT
Great Falls https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/1/great-falls The temperatures have been low for the last two or three days. Not as low as where my cousin Henry lives, but in Minnesota, they say it's a dry cold so it's not so bad. Hah! I went with friends to the Virginia side of the Great Falls Park and walked about at dawn. Most of the images I found were the same as on most postcards or brochures so off they went to the recycle bin. I did like this one because of the cresting sunlight and the tree on the left which gives the image some scale. That's one of the problems, this is such a large place that it's tough to see how big the falls and rocks are without someone kayaking or canoeing down the rapids. Oh well. I had fun in the fresh, reasonably mild air.

Great Falls ParkGreat Falls on the PotomacGreat Falls at dawn on the Virginia side

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) falls great potomac rapids river https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/1/great-falls Wed, 22 Jan 2020 22:05:25 GMT
National Museum of the Marine Corps https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/1/national-museum-of-the-marine-corps Yesterday I did a walkabout in the National Museum of the Marine Corps. I really liked the place; whoever did the building and the exhibits really did a fine job...no, an excellent job. The building seems large because of the central atrium where the airplanes are on display but the space for the galleries and exhibits isn't huge. However, the way everything is laid out is superb, there are lots of things on display but they are not on top of each other and so you get to appreciate the individual pieces in the context of the campaign, or battle, or war. The docents were extraordinarily helpful. I suggest this place is a great destination whether you're a visitor or especially if you live here! This really does a great job of telling the USMC story as well as the stories of many of its Marines. 

USMC A-4USMC A-4A-4 on display at the USMC Museum

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/1/national-museum-of-the-marine-corps Tue, 21 Jan 2020 13:14:42 GMT
Martin Luther King, Jr Day https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/1/martin-luther-king-jr-day He said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"

St Mary's ChurchSt Mary's ChurchSt Mary's Church, Burke, Virginia

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) church https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/1/martin-luther-king-jr-day Mon, 20 Jan 2020 12:44:12 GMT
Preachin' to the Choir https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/1/preachin-to-the-choir I do not often find images of birds that I bring home with me. I have not caught "birder fever" and so when I do bring a bird image home, there was something about the birds that made me notice. I was too late on this one, when I first saw this group of birds, which perhaps are cormorants, the one on the highest piling was facing the others and squawking. I thought of church or school or...fill in the blank. By the time I'd found the image on my sensor, I was too late and the moment was gone. But still nearby so I took the image. I wonder if they're happy? Taking a break? Looking for breakfast? Posing?

I don't think I could become a "birder" because of the equipment required for the serious bird watcher/photographer. Some of the lenses cost more than ten grand and they are huge! That means you have to also have a huge tripod, probably a spotting scope, and who knows what else. I was in Huntley Meadows Park a few months ago very early in the morning when the birders are out in force. I smiled when I saw that one of them had an old fashioned pram or baby carriage and inside, not a baby, but a huge, huge lens. I'm glad they do it, birds are cool animals and some have incredible colors but for me, birds are sort of circumstantial, if they're telling me a story, I am eager to bring them home. Just sitting there a couple of thousand feet away...hurray for them!

Birds roostingBirds roostingBirds roosting on the Potomac River

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) birds pilings potomac river https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/1/preachin-to-the-choir Sun, 19 Jan 2020 11:11:12 GMT
Buddha Exhibit https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/1/buddha-exhibit The Smithsonian Museum of Asian Art has an exhibit of things, "Buddha." From what I've read and seen (I've been there twice, & I'll return soon), this isn't your "standard" Buddha exhibit but rather a display of Buddhas in the context and culture and geography of Buddhism. That context helped me to understand the how and the methods although I'm still very puzzled by many aspects of the culture assimilation. This exhibit, "Encountering the Buddha" will be in Gallery 22 of the Sackler for another year or so. By looking at the context of the where/who/when you get a better idea of how Buddhism seemed to flow out and up. The three curators were Dr. D. Diamond, the Smithsonian curator of South and Southeastern Asian Art, Robert DeCaroli, an Asian Art History expert, and Rebecca Bloom a Freer Fellow. I found these images in two separate trips to the museum. I'm taking a course from DeCaroli on curating this spring and so I'd expect to spend a lot more time wandering about the Smithsonian.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/1/buddha-exhibit Sat, 18 Jan 2020 17:01:21 GMT
Film https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/1/film I went out briefly yesterday because, well, because it was over 60 degrees...in JANUARY! I had some images I'd taken at Glen Echo Park last week that were still in the camera and I wanted to develop them along with one more roll. I have a tank that does two rolls, that seems like the most efficient use of my time, energy, and chemicals.

I find myself "adjusting" much more when I'm shooting film, and I don't mean adjusting apertures and shutter speeds (altho there is a lot of that), but rather adjust how I am seeing what is in front of me. Sounds silly, but now I'm looking behind me, to the side of me, and lastly to the front. I believe that's because I want to more deliberately put my camera in a position where the "image finding" might be and by habit, I used to only look to the front. This deliberate mode follows into the processing mode since two hours is required to develop and then scan the film. I'm getting better at developing film, not a lot, but some. However, that's not a rabbit hole I really want to go down. I will do film for another week or so, leave it for awhile and probably come back in the summertime for a refocus on being deliberate!

This image is from the balcony at the Glen Echo Park. The other images I'm building from film at in my Projects Gallery.

GlenGlen Echo ParkStanding on the balcony of Glen Echo Park

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) and black white https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/1/film Thu, 16 Jan 2020 16:37:48 GMT
Haiku - Winter https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/1/haiku---winter Images run quickly
through my sensor to my mind
and stick to my soul

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I wrote this Haiku a couple of weeks ago but couldn't find the proper image. I have now.

Winter Woods GuardiansWinter Woods GuardiansStrong, emotional trees guard the edge of the forest at Glenstone

 

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) forest glenstone museum woods https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/1/haiku---winter Wed, 15 Jan 2020 12:34:10 GMT
Haiku https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/1/haiku Sometimes when I am waiting for an image, my mind wanders to words and I write them down. If I have a pen, paper, phone, whatever. This is one of those times, the words came out as a Haiku. I know the sun is bright, because, well, the sun was bright.

Sunrise at the LakeSunrise at the LakePoem on winter sunrise at Burke Lake, Virginia.


 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) Burke Lake Sunrise https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/1/haiku Sun, 12 Jan 2020 12:25:40 GMT
Film again! Well, just for a bit https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/1/film-again-well-just-for-a-bit For the past few weeks, I've been treating my digital images with film-like post processing. Then, our oldest daughter gave me a Holga for Christmas and I was inspired to get out with film again. I dragged out all six of my "film" cameras. Two of them used 620 film, one is a 35mm, and three of them are 120mm, including the Holga. Except for the Holga, some haven't been operated in 30-50 years. The 620 film is outrageously expensive so those two went back into the cabinet. I'm not interested in 35mm film so that left me with a Lomography, an old Rolleiflex, and the Holga!!

But then, what to do about developing and printing?? Another outrageous expense. But wait, I do have a flatbed scanner that does film! So, I bought a couple of bottles of chemicals, a tank and film holders, distilled water, and...well, now I was theoretically ready to "minimally darkroom" my film. I've taken four rolls, I developed two. I have a lot to learn. I think the Holga was the best. So far. I'm not up to speed anymore on the Rollei but will practice with that in the next week or so. I'm not going back to film but I think the slow pace and deliberate methods will enhance what I do!

The first three are with the Rollei the last two with the Holga! I had fun!!

Old Town Alexandria VendorOld Town Alexandria VendorI chatted with this vendor during a quick walkabout. We talked about cameras, photography, and the wonder of technology from 50 years ago. Waiting at the MarketWaiting at the MarketDog and master waiting at the edge of the market. Dogs aren't allowed on the plaza. Bread! Bread!Bread! Bread!Lots of super looking bread. Made me hungry!! In the WoodsIn the WoodsPicnic ground after the snow. Holga camera taken in late afternoon, an hour before sunset. In The WoodsIn The WoodsHolga shot late in the day with long shadows, disappearing snow, mild temperatures.

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) B&W https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/1/film-again-well-just-for-a-bit Sat, 11 Jan 2020 23:26:22 GMT
In The Clouds https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/1/in-the-clouds A long time ago when I used to fly, I had mixed emotions about flying in and out of clouds, especially if I was flying close to the ground. I was hopefully preoccupied with my gages and my "orientation" so I didn't make a mark on the earth where one was not intended to be. Clouds are, of course, fog and rain and drizzle but normally higher up. Not always so in the mountains...you are driving through precipitation and then, zooooom, you're in the clear. You're in the clear because you're above the rain, above the cloud. And so when you look back, the dreamy cloudscape emotion takes over and you forget about the pounding rain or hail or snow and think only of the puffy, pretty clouds. Until the next time.

This image is looking west after we've gone through several miles of mountain rain. Folks who live in the mountains might not appreciate the beauty because they're constantly immersed but I'm guessing they don't forget the possibility of being too close to the ground in really bad weather. Flying or not, there could be a negative thing.

North Carolina Mountain PassNorth Carolina Mountain PassJust to the west of Asheville. In and out of the clouds.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/1/in-the-clouds Thu, 09 Jan 2020 15:27:47 GMT
Rainy Day https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/1/rainy-day Sometimes the opportunity to enhance the emotion of an image just sort of happens. We were walking on a shopping street in Asheville, gray skies and the rain was light and inconsistent. A woman in a bright raincoat was walking down the street away from me and toward two red awnings and a red umbrella. I thought the matchup might be cool but at that time, no rain. Camera time. Focus at my feet, slow shutter, slight motion. Unbelievably, the two second process ended up with an image I'm happy about. That's one in about two hundred using the same technique!! I need more practice!!

Rainy day in AshevilleRainy Day in AshevilleWalking street in Asheville, NC

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) asheville rain https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/1/rainy-day Wed, 08 Jan 2020 17:51:17 GMT
Dinner out in Asheville https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/1/dinner-out-in-asheville After finding the perfect dress, the family gathered and headed out for an early Saturday evening dinner! We like this cool place in west Asheville, Haywood Common. The food is great, the atmosphere perfect and the beer is, of course, quite good, although I'm a big fan of their sangria. They have an awesome mussels recipe that I I must have!! I know I'll try something else on one of the trips but...not yet. Fortunately, I could nibble-sample from anyone at the table who glanced elsewhere!! And an early dinner is really the only option we had since we hadn't made any reservations. A late dinner wasn't really an option since the earliest after 6 was 9:00 pm which is way beyond my nap time. After dinner, we headed to Biltmore which was in the last celebration day of the Christmas Season. 

Some things in Haywood Common caught my eye that were "around the room" and I thought I'd bring some of their images home. I'm really fixated on film looks and so changed the final images so that they had the look of film. I'm also actually going to start film again, the old 120mm type from my brand new Holga camera. Stay tuned!!

Common CoffeeCommon CoffeeCoffee can planter in Haywood Common Restaurant in Asheville, NC Vinyl CornerVinyl CornerRelax to vinyl in in Haywood Common Restaurant in Asheville, NC Retro toysRetro toysToys for kids in Haywood Common Restaurant in Asheville, NC  

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) and images objects retro toys https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/1/dinner-out-in-asheville Mon, 06 Jan 2020 14:54:24 GMT
Happy New Year https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/1/happy-new-year Not just another day! But a marker from which I resolve to smile more, create more, and love more!! I hope the same for all of you. The last year was another with challenges and silver linings and we're happy to begin again. Our family will be bringing a puppy into the house at the end of January! The puppy, already named Sunny, and DIane will begin Therapy Dog training shortly after they meet each other. DIane intends to visit chemo centers, hospitals, senior centers, etc., to bring some of the comfort she felt when visited by a Therapy Dog last year when she was going through chemo.

I plan on continuing my creative activities and am investigating whether or not I should begin moderating a class on creativity this spring. I have some examples out in the world that have helped me energize my creativity and I want to share those thoughts as well as my spin on making. The theme will be along the lines of motivating your muse and it's never too late to start creating. Although I'm focusing on photography, I might also include writing...poetry or even short, short stories. Any thoughts?

Stay tuned!!

Mythical Island on Burke LakeMythical Island on Burke LakeImage based on a rainy day photo outing.

Rain TreeRain TreeTree framed by vines during rain at Lake Accotink

 

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2020/1/happy-new-year Wed, 01 Jan 2020 15:55:12 GMT
Still of the Day https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/12/still-of-the-day In the morning, the world is sometimes "still." Not moving. Quiet. Waiting. Urban and suburban dwellers don't often experience "still" since even in our quiet neighborhoods you can usually hear the river-like rush of the highway just a couple of miles away. But sometimes, sometimes, there is a perfect alignment of the weather, the wind, the crowds, and my timing and I experience the still usually in one of the lake parks. By contrast, I'm guessing that my cousin Henry, also a photographer, experiences "the still" almost every time he walks outdoors, he lives in the frozen lakelands of Minnesota. Yah. Sure. Youbetcha! (They don't really say that. Well, they might.) 

This image found me on the western shore of Burke Lake. The fog had lifted, the sun was fully above the horizon! A gorgeous time of the day to be out...very, very still.

Lake Accotink at DawnBurke Lake at SunriseThe still of Burke Lake at Sunrise

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) Burke in Lake quiet Sunrise VA https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/12/still-of-the-day Sat, 28 Dec 2019 13:19:07 GMT
Composites https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/12/composites Today is "Festivus" which was started in 1966 by Daniel O'Keefe who just made the word up to celebrate his first date with his future wife. The concept was later put into a book by his son but didn't really get any traction until an episode of Seinfeld. Seinfeld brought the concept into general conversation and suddenly Festivus was a thing with souvenirs, spirit wear, and songs. People are supposed to have fun, be jovial, and just celebrate on Festivus. Sounds like a good deal to me.

I continue to work with composites and this is another example. I've put some DC images, desert and oceans and some stock into this one. It's a little different. Hmmm. Me, too.

Desert CompositeDesert CompositeComposite photo, Joshua tree in the desert overlooking the ocean and Capitol  

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) capitol dc joshua tree https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/12/composites Tue, 24 Dec 2019 02:47:05 GMT
Doc Duresky! https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/12/doc-duresky Steve "Doc" Duresky and I flew F-16 fighters back in the day when the tail numbers started with 00! In fact, the first operational tail number 001, was in our squadron. That was...wait for it, wait for it...thirty-nine years ago!! Ouch. Wow. He and I have kept in touch over the years although we haven't actually seen one another since 1984!!! He is also a poet. He's written poems for artists to accompany their work, including Krista Schumacher in Laguna Beach. He's given me permission to publish his poem, "Monumental Folly" on this site with my piece,"Angst." Doc is from Richmond, VA, so the emotions and images he has of his hometown are vivid and real. Thanks, Doc!!!

                          "Monumental Folly"

History is crucial, but perpsective is the key.

We can't erase the past - or facts - of Davis, Jackson, Lee.

The pain is real - it makes us feel ashamed of decades past

But we can rise above all this, and forge a peace to last!

Those monuments made sense to some 

           - "A source of Southern pride!"

"It's heritage", they all professed -

           - "Respecting those who died".

To some, that's true, but facts remain - 

     They died for their "States' Rights".

The right to beat and hang and rape

      their slaves by day and night.

The Rebel cause - not nobel - but misguided from the start,

Still haunts us with its monuments 

       like knives right through our hearts.

But let us not forget these years - 

       Let's LEARN from them instead!

Don't bury facts, or run from pain

       But face it head to head!

They're monuments to greed and power

       To folly in past days.

But we can make them learning tools 

       for future children's ways.

Perspective is the key for sure, and context gives the clues.

We can't undo the past, but a bright future we can choose!

So take them down!

      Or make them tools to teach us of the past. 

To honor NOT -

       But just to learn how our great Union lasts!

                   Steve Duresky,   12 Aug 17 


AngstAngstComposite image. Lee statue in Richmond. Demonstration in DC. Arlington Cemetery.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) statues https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/12/doc-duresky Thu, 19 Dec 2019 15:09:44 GMT
Foggy Day https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/12/foggy-day I was potsying around in the house this morning when I looked outside and...wow! Fog in the middle of the day!! Just another weather thingie; freezing temperatures one day and then the 40s the next! And that causes fog which is usually good for photographs. Since the day was half over and that meant the fog would be short-lived I dropped what I was doing and headed to Lake Accotink. Some really fun images seemed to jump out at me and I will post more of them over the next few days.

Lake Accotink is a manmade lake just a few blocks from my house. When these neighborhoods were built, most people didn't care much about drainage or the environment. Consequently, all of the storm and water drainage goes into Lake Accotink which flows to the Potomac and then into the Chesapeake. But, most of the solids that go into the storm drains actually STAY in Lake Accotink, they do NOT go downstream. After a few years the silt builds up so badly that the lake is only a couple of feet deep except at the dam and so to keep the lake, Fairfax County must dredge every few years. The tax base in the county used to be a lot higher than it is now and so dredging wasn't that much of an expense (relatively) but now, it's expensive. A study was completed and the county supervisors decided to keep the lake rather than just letting the silt build up to the point of making the lake a marsh. I like to visit the lake, the dam is cool, the hiking and biking trails are neat, a small marina with paddle boats and canoes is perfect, and today...well, the fog was perfect. Until it started rolling away!

Looking across Lake Accotink as the fog recedesLooking across Lake Accotink as the fog recedesFog receding across Lake Accotink

Overlooking Lake Accotink fogOverlooking Lake Accotink fogLake Accotink fog

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) accotink fog lake https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/12/foggy-day Tue, 17 Dec 2019 20:26:54 GMT
The Day https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/12/the-day The word "Daybreak" implies an awakening, sunshine, new horizons, fresh beginnings, and surging energy! Hmmm. Maybe not all of the time. Sometimes the day breaks quietly with soft edges and distant glows that quell any feelings of energy I might have had. This morning was such a day. The dark slowly changed to grey. I watched the change and sat without moving for quite a while just staring at the trees surrounded by the mist, well, not quite mist, not quite fog, not quite drizzle...I just sat. And stared. Then a thought, perhaps I might have an image here!! Not a great image but certainly one of the sounds of silence.

DaybreakDaybreakDaybreak in our backyard  

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) morning trees https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/12/the-day Sat, 14 Dec 2019 14:07:31 GMT
"Lost Words" https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/11/-lost-words My art was juried into the December Show at The Art League in the Torpedo Factory! I am honored that the juror chose this image which is a little abstract but an actual typewriter I discovered in the Arts District in Asheville, NC. The typewriter was welded to the iron crossbars of a boardwalk railing in front of a row of artists' shops. There was no overhang or protection and so the machine was exposed to all the elements. In my mind, the image is an icon of what may be the loss of the written word in today's world. Or one of technology gone by. Or...who knows. 

"Lost Words""Lost Words""Lost Words" juried into December's Art League Show at the Torpedo Factory

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) art league the https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/11/-lost-words Fri, 29 Nov 2019 16:58:20 GMT
Fantasy Land https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/11/fantasy-land I have avoided writing about politics for over a year. I will continue to do my best to not discuss or rant or bemoan anything on politics. After this post.

I am completely befuddled and alarmed by all the real and supposed crises we are having in America. For instance, our forefathers thought it would be okay to impeach someone, they put it in the Constitution. It's normal, not done often but certainly an intent of the forefathers that it could happen!! And really, the likelihood of trump being convicted is almost zero since no republican dares to switch sides, no matter the issues. They are afraid to lose their power if they piss trump and his cohorts off. 

People on the left are ecstatic about all the bad stuff they are hearing what trump and his people do. But they just can't seem to get it through their heads that much of trump's base has picked a side, the side of stars and bars, and no one and nothing else counts.  trump may be impeached but he probably won't be tried. If he is tried, they will acquit within just a few days.

So what's alarming? To me, what's alarming is the complete disregard for the processes of the constitution. If trump is not re-elected, will he give up the office or claim voting irregularities or some other fact that would allow him to declare martial law? I'm betting that the real crisis will happen then. The impeachment will be over (not guilty), the elections will have taken place and we'll either be in a constitutional crisis (if trump loses and won't leave office) or if he is re-elected the beginnings of a political era not intended by our forefathers but probably welcomed by Putin. The late Senator from West Virginia, Senator Robert Byrd, wanted all of us to carry around a copy of the constitution and read it once in a while to remind us what our forefathers were thinking when they wrote the document.

There is almost nothing trump does that is in the spirit and framework of our foundational documents. And there is nothing that trump's base minds about that at all. They won't care until they come for them, and come for them they will.

Now, I'm neither republican or democrat. The danger to our country by ignoring the constitution is grave. We should talk about this and not shout and shoot.

I'd prefer no comments to this post.

Stairwell in AlexandriaStairwell in AlexandriaStairwell in Alexandria on the docks

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) Alexandria political https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/11/fantasy-land Sun, 24 Nov 2019 22:48:54 GMT
Aviator Story https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/11/true-story For my University class homework, my assignment was to write a story about me, something true, something memorable and perhaps even dramatic. This is what I submitted.

Within a Hair, A True Story 

I woke up screaming, lurching straight up and then lunging out of the bed. My heart was racing, crashing against my ribcage like a trapped sparrow. I was dripping wet, sweating so badly that both I and the sheets were soaked. The terror of my dream was still alive in my head, the ground rushing ferociously toward me and then everything turning black as I woke up. Screaming.  My wife tried to calm me; I’d had the same dream for several nights and sleep was getting harder and harder to find. The dream had started the week before.

I was a United States Air Force instructor pilot in the supersonic T-38 Talon jet trainer. The T-38 was a sleek, two-seater jet with separate, tandem cockpits, one about ten feet behind the other. Normally, the instructor sat in the back and the student in the front. I was experienced, arrogant, and a “good stick;” I knew how to fly the airplane well and was often asked to fly with other instructors, especially if they were practicing for their evaluation flights.

Twice a year, instructor pilots had to endure a flight evaluation called a check ride. A flight examiner acted as the student pilot and evaluated the instructor on their flying and instructional skills. Captain John, a supervisor in the squadron asked me to fly with him on a “practice” check ride. I would pretend to be the examiner on a flight to evaluate his skill at acrobatics and basic aircraft handling. I eagerly accepted.

Flight day was a normal one for west Texas, hot, dry, and clear with afternoon storm clouds forming on the horizon. Our parachutes and anti-G suits were uncomfortably hot, but we couldn’t hurry our activities, John had to talk me through the preflight, engine startup, taxiing, etc., as if I were a student on his first T-38 ride. Most of the time, instructors did not fly the airplane, the students did the flying following a short demonstration from the instructor. However, on check rides, the instructors did most of the flying, again as if this was one of the student’s first flights in the aircraft. The instructor would demonstrate a flight maneuver and then transfer control of the aircraft to the student. Whenever there was a transfer of aircraft control, that change was always a positive,  controlled change. The pilot taking control would shake the control stick and say, “I have the aircraft.” The pilot relinquishing control would only stop flying after hearing that statement and then he would say “Roger, you have the aircraft.” Or something very similar, but always a positive change in control. Except for that day.

The jet we’d been assigned to fly had a new altimeter, the gage that displays altitude, a brand-new AAU-19/A, a semi-electronic instrument. The AAU-19/A had one irritating flaw, its internal electronics would often fail and the pilot would have to manually reset the system with a small switch on the instrument’s panel.

I was pretending to be the evaluator and was flying in the front seat. John asked me to do the takeoff; I pushed the throttles to full afterburner, monitoring the engines as airspeed increased. I pulled back on the control stick at 140 knots and we were airborne! Gear up. Flaps up. Afterburner back to military power. And then a right turn away from the field heading west to our practice airspace. I noted that the AAU-19/A altimeter had dropped offline. 

“I’ve lost the altimeter,” I told John. Scanning the horizon, I looked inside and clicked the altimeter’s reset button. John was talking to me about how to do a proper airfield departure. 

“I’ve got the altimeter back,” I said as I noted the altimeter warning flag had disappeared. I flew for ten minutes navigating to the practice area as John continued discussing things an instructor would normally be talking about with a newbie student pilot.

“I’ve got the airplane,” he said as he shook the stick indicating he had control.

“Roger, you’ve got it,” I said and rested my arms on the canopy rails as John began  demonstrating slow flight, aircraft stalls, and other basic handling maneuvers.

“I’ve lost the altimeter again,” I said as he began to explain how he was going to do a high-G loop. He pointed the jet at the ground, 60 degrees nose low and pushed the throttles to 100% power. Our airspeed increased to 450 then 500 knots. He pulled smoothly back on the stick to 4.5-5 G’s and completed a perfect loop. I pushed the altimeter reset button at the bottom of the loop and the system came back online.

“I’ve got the altimeter back.” I don’t remember if John responded. He was telling me about an aircraft accident that had happened a few weeks ago. He was explaining that the accident may have happened because the T-38 went into a spin.

“Have you seen how the T-38 can approach a spin?” he asked me.

“No and I’m really not interested.” I knew that the T-38’s scrawny wings were great for speed and fast dashes but were not so good at spins, in fact, spins were prohibited maneuvers. 

John was adamant, though, “Here, I’ll just show you the edge so you know what it feels like and you can avoid that region of flight.” Well. He was a senior officer. Mistake one.

The altimeter failed again, I said, “John, the altimeter failed.” 

John began a nose high vertical maneuver in 100% power and then jammed in full rudder and full opposite aileron, a cross control that was extremely uncomfortable. Mistake 2.

“John, stop the maneuver! I don’t like this.”

“Ok.” He said.

The altimeter came back on. “I got it back,” I said, talking about the altimeter. I put my arms on the canopy rails. Mistake 3.

John said, “Ok.” Mistake 4.

The nose of the aircraft gently fell and smoothly evened out at 60-70 degrees nose low. A little more dramatic than I liked but John’s Vietnam War experience made him more aggressive than many of us instructors. The throttles stayed full up at 100%, full military power! We were very close to a population center and the folks on the ground were probably getting a show because even though we were at 20,000 feet, we were leaving contrails during parts of our maneuvers. Our dive continued.

I was beginning to wonder about our airspeed as we were fast approaching supersonic and we were not in an area or at an altitude in which supersonic flight was permitted. In fact, we were so close to a town that I was sure if we went supersonic the phone calls would be in the commander’s office long before we landed. Our speed increased from .90 Mach (90% the speed of sound) to .95 to .98 then to 1.1. Fully supersonic and our indicated airspeed was well over 600 knots! Sixty degrees nose low, speed of sound. Ground racing at us.

“John!” I yelled. “What the hell are you doing?”

“What am I doing?” He screamed. 

No one had been flying the jet.

We each grabbed the stick in our cockpits and both of us pulled as hard as we could. The horizon was gone, all I could see was ground.  I saw people in their cars! We pulled so hard that my vision dimmed. We were grunting and screaming at the 9+ G’s of gravity forces. Our jet’s nose finally came up through the horizon and we began to climb.

“I have the aircraft,” John said, shaking the stick. 

“Roger, you’ve got it,” I panted, releasing my stick. We climbed to 15,000 feet in absolute silence. We circled for ten minutes without saying a word. We’d missed the ground by less than a hundred feet. I remember looking up at power lines.

I lived the last five seconds of that dive over and over again for many, many days and nights. Today, forty-four years later I can close my eyes and still see the ground coming at me. 

Katzen GalleryKatzen GalleryKatzen Gallery

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) aircraft story https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/11/true-story Wed, 20 Nov 2019 13:35:57 GMT
Civil War Tunnel https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/11/civil-war-tunnel Yesterday I took a quick trip to Accotink Park and went into the woods for a quick walkabout. I started with the Civil War tunnel/bridge that's been there for quite a long time. The leaves are a little richer in color here than in most parts of the neighborhood so I had a chance to enjoy the bright colors. The creek was mostly dry but there was a teeny bit flowing. I had a great walk and found many images, this is the first of a few with fall colors.

Accotink Park Civil War StructureAccotink Park Civil War StructureAccotink Park Civil War Tunnel/Bridge

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) bridge civil tunnel war https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/11/civil-war-tunnel Mon, 18 Nov 2019 19:08:29 GMT
Night Light Painting https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/11/night-light-painting Yesterday Diane and I went to a talk by Frank Hallam Day at the Katzen Arts Center Museum. His exhibit "Dark World" is available until December 15 at the Katzen. Frank discussed his images from both a technical perspective as well as the context of where/when/why. All of his imagery is done at night, many of them are done with the use of flashlights on long exposures. He has a "painterly" approach, that is, he paints the light on those images he uses flashlights and he uses photoshop to enhance individual elements of each image. As he says, he is not doing photographic journalism.

Diane suggested that I try the technique when we got home and so I did! The first thing I did was to call the neighbors and tell them that I'd be walking about flashing lights onto their trees! I did not get the effect that I was hoping for but I did get the idea. I think I will try this again but with different lights and lenses. I had fun and it wasn't too cold. This is a 15 second exposure so you can see star trails and you can actually see the strobes of an airliner on the left side of the image. I could have eliminated the jet as a distraction but chose to leave the track in because I think the track is cool.

Night shot in the drivewayNight shot in the drivewayIn the driveway with a flashlight  

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) light night painting trees https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/11/night-light-painting Sun, 17 Nov 2019 12:23:50 GMT
The Cold Is Here https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/11/the-cold-is-here Last night the temperature was in the 20s. That's cold; I don't care who or where you are...that's cold. The frigid winds had me thinking about last summer which seemed to pass at different paces, some days were ferociously fast, others were tediously slow. One summer evening I was at National Harbor enjoying the warm evening with lots of other folks. I am pretty sure there aren't many out there strolling around right now. But I do like the holiday season so there is a silver lining. 

National Harbor in summerNational Harbor in the SummertimeNational Harbor Ferris Wheel in the Summer

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) harbor national https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/11/the-cold-is-here Wed, 13 Nov 2019 11:41:12 GMT
The Cold is Coming https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/11/the-cold-is-coming I found this image not too long ago in Old Town. By this evening, those flowers will be sagging or gone and I'm guessing that walking shorts will be just as scarce. Our forecast is for sub-freezing weather for one or more days. Now I know that you South Dakota and Minnesota folks are not too sympathetic since you're probably already ice fishing, but out here in the warmer world, thirty-two degrees is at the extreme of our comfort zone. Of course, this is when the lakes and rivers start to "steam" and so I'll probably bundle up and toddy down to the water with my camera! Maybe.

Old Town AlexandriaOld Town AlexandriaOld Town Alexandria, ever vigilant!

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) alexandria puppy https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/11/the-cold-is-coming Tue, 12 Nov 2019 12:55:33 GMT
Katzen https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/11/katzen I was at the Katzen Arts Center at American University today. Really cool exhibits with an incredible artistic variety. I admire this place because their exhibits generate excitement through the diversity and edge that you don't often get to see in galleries and art centers in the DMV. There are several exhibits of special note but I spent much of my time in "Fair is Foul & Foul is Fair" and "Radical Link: A New Community of Women, 1855-2020." The image below is from the latter.

I'm writing a piece about art centers and galleries in the DMV which I'll publish in a few weeks. So far, the Katzen is the bomb! Can I say that? Maybe not, but it's really a cool place and fun to visit!

 

KatzenKatzen Arts CenterMichal Heiman's exhibit is captivating.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) katzen https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/11/katzen Mon, 11 Nov 2019 01:32:01 GMT
Changing https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/11/changing Inevitably winter begins its march into our lives. For some, think South Dakota-ish, that change can be harsh and dangerous. For us here in the greater DMV, things aren't so hard but seeing the green turn to gray is kind of sad. Or not. I actually enjoy seeing the outlines of the trees, the glimmer of broken ice on ponds, and the lack of snakes and ticks in the woods!!! I found this image just a few days ago during a walkabout in Huntley Meadows park. The recent rains have replenished the water, all the animals are happy and busy as they prepare for winter. 

 

Huntley Meadows Park reflectionsHuntley Meadows ReflectionTrees reflected in the pond as the sun begins to set

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/11/changing Sun, 10 Nov 2019 12:49:01 GMT
Chilly Weather https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/11/chilly-weather The weather has definitely taken a turn and I'm pretty sure that winter is right around the corner. On the plus side, snakes are looking for a place to hide out for a few months and the woods will be a much safer place. Same with ticks!!! On the negative side, there is a possibility that some unusual thing will compel me to leave the house on a day when only crazy people are out driving and careening through the ice and snow. And one of those crazies will be me. Sigh. But the leaves are falling rapidly, not much color in the leaves this year but I'm thinking that could be a trend.

I love the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and this is a high key image from below. I've been all over the Virginia side of the bridge including walking on top to the middle of the Potomac. Perhaps on a nice day this fall I'll drive over to the Maryland side and do a walkabout there. Of course, Marylanders will argue that Maryland actually starts at the Virginia shoreline and they're right, so the Virginia side of the bridge is all landbound. Ah well. A bridge that's not too far.

Woodrow Wilson BridgeWoodrow Wilson BridgeWoodrow Wilson Bridge from the Virginia shoreline on the north side

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) bridge high key https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/11/chilly-weather Fri, 08 Nov 2019 23:10:01 GMT
KEEN!! https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/10/keen KEEN!!!  Kids Enjoy Exercise Now!! During the Visual Poetry show last month I met a woman who introduced me to the KEEN Greater DC-Baltimore organization. This is an extraordinary group whose mission is to empower severely disabled kids and young adults with exercise, activity, and music! To help with their fundraising, I donated my "Bits of Time" book of images and poems to their KEENFest celebration this weekend. Some of my images and poems will be available at the event as well as online (I think online, I'm not 100% sure). Extra dollars are tough, I know, but if you have any, please consider KEEN! It certainly doesn't have to be by bidding on my awesome images, any contribution will help!! Thanks!!!!!!!

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) baltimore clock tower https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/10/keen Tue, 29 Oct 2019 23:06:05 GMT
My Image in November Art League https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/10/my-image-in-november-art-league I'm honored to have one of my images juried into The Torpedo Factory's The Art League for November 2019. The image, entitled "I Am Technology #2" was taken in the Baltimore Industry Museum and is an old telephone switchboard. I am old enough to remember when operators used to sit in cramped quarters and literally connect one line to another. In fact, the old telephone building in my home town is still there. I remember walking by the building's open door on the lower floor, seeing all of the people (mostly women) plugging and unplugging lines to connect people from far, far away.

I appreciate The Art League's support for local artists and the opportunity to participate in the community.

And for those of you who arrived here from my email blast which still had the Visual Poetry image, sorry for the older event, although I hope you will keep Glen Echo and Photoworks in mind when you are thinking of the arts. 

I Am Technology #2Baltimore Museum of Industry

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) industrial museum switchboard https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/10/my-image-in-november-art-league Mon, 28 Oct 2019 13:45:22 GMT
Umbrella Parade https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/10/umbrella-parade I was leaving Photoworks in Glen Echo right during a rather significant rainstorm. Evidently, other activities at the Park were also finishing. I joined what seemed like a parade of umbrellas. Sadly I didn't have a camera but was able to fumble my iPhone out and get this snap. Gentle rainfall, laughing kids, photo op...doesn't get much better.

Rain Storm at Glen Echo ParkRain Storm at Glen Echo ParkRain Storm at Glen Echo Park

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) echo glen park rainstorm umbrella https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/10/umbrella-parade Sun, 20 Oct 2019 18:03:20 GMT
Shattered Windshields, Shattered Lives https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/10/shattered-windshields-shattered-lives Fortunately, not for me. Well, not in 50 years. Fifty years ago my fraternity brother and best friend Pat Condon was killed in a car accident that shouldn't have happened. I visited an auto salvage yard today because of the amazing photo opportunities but couldn't get that crazy Irishman out of my head. Rest in Peace Brother Pat. Drive safely all my children.

Shattered Windshield in auto salvage yardShattered Windshield in auto salvage yardShattered Windshield in auto salvage yard

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) accident windshield https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/10/shattered-windshields-shattered-lives Mon, 14 Oct 2019 21:51:37 GMT
Weekend Walkabout https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/10/weekend-walkabout The last three days have been busy. I went to several sessions in the Fall For The Book Festival and met poets, novelists, reporters and...well, many people. I did have some time on Saturday morning for a walkabout in Old Town and in Huntley Meadows Park. I was surprised by the flooding in Old Town, the water had been half way up the 100 block of King Street. By the time I arrived the water had receded to just above Union Street which did not stop the bikers from biking. Then I went to Huntley Meadows...a wetlands. But not so wet right now. The drought we are experiencing is significant which seems opposite of the flooding in Old Town. But I think that flooding was tidal based because no rain has fallen in days if not weeks. It's all a mystery, probably something to do with the moon.

The first image is from Old Town, the remainder are from Huntley Meadows.

Biker going through flood on King StreetBiker going through flood on King StreetBiker going through flood on King Street

Huntley Meadows ParkHuntley Meadows ParkHuntley Meadows Park, if you look closely you can see the red leaves in the distance. Most leaves were just turning plain brown and then falling.

Signs of FallSigns of FallI had to search for leaves on trees that had actual fall colors. Most were just brown. I found this web covered seed pod plant in front of a golden backdrop.

Little Water in the WetlandsLittle Water in the WetlandsMost of the water was gone, puddles and ponds in low spots. Mud islands in what is normally the big "lake-like" part of the wetlands.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) Alexandria Drought flooding. Huntley Meadows Park https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/10/weekend-walkabout Sun, 13 Oct 2019 10:46:05 GMT
Leesylvania State Park https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/10/leesylvania-state-park I discovered this park just yesterday; right under my nose and I'd somehow missed it!! It's a huge place with lots of parking for cars and cars with boat trailers! Paved roads, paved paths, visitor centers, BEACHES, levees, fishing piers, hiking trails, bridges, and much more. And of course, I like the name. It sits on the Potomac not too far north of Marine Corps Base Quantico. I found many images I like but this railroad bridge draws me in.

Railroad Bridge at Leesylvania State ParkRailroad Bridge at Leesylvania State ParkRailroad Bridge at Leesylvania State Park

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) bridge leesylvania https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/10/leesylvania-state-park Thu, 10 Oct 2019 12:55:19 GMT
Washington DC Mural https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/10/washington-dc-mural A few days ago I was meandering through the U Street area with friends. It was morning time, cloudy, not many people. The murals in this area are noteworthy and that word doesn't do them justice. U Street is changing, probably gentrification edging out the edgy. I don't know. When I see things like this I immediately head down the rabbit hole of "Who made this? Who asked for it to me made? Who owns it now? Why would people deface it?" But in the end, it doesn't make any difference, it's the art, it's there, I enjoyed being with it for even just the few minutes. I hope it lasts.

Washington DC. U Street muralWashington DC. U Street muralAlley corner in Washington DC. U Street mural

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/10/washington-dc-mural Wed, 09 Oct 2019 12:13:28 GMT
Writing - A (Very) Short Story https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/10/writing We were in Asheville on Sunday.  I found this old typewriter attached to an outside railing on the deck of a brewery in the Arts District. All sorts of things came to mind. Coincidentally, I had been asked to write a third person short story that covered passage of ten years. Here they are:

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HONEYMOON

They stood hand-in-hand on the low peak. The rising sun had transformed the sweeping vista of ice and snow before them into a sparkling field of diamonds. This glacier view was the highlight of their honeymoon adventure and they vowed to return to this spot every year to celebrate the majesty of nature and the endurance of the earth as a symbol of their relationship.

Unfailingly, they’d returned to the same peak each year. When their firstborn was four, the sunrise wasn’t all sparkle. The few clouds in the morning sky couldn’t soften the harsh peak that had erupted like a rocket through the pristine snowscape. The rip in the texture of the land was painful and the child didn’t understand its parent’s sadness.

On their tenth anniversary, the two of them walked more slowly than usual and explained to their two children what things had been like just ten years ago. The morning sun was still behind the mountains as they slowly made their way up the familiar path that would take them to their vantage point. They got to the very top just as the sun’s brilliance erupted on the expanse below them, but now, no diamonds, no sparkle, no snow, no ice. Rather, shards of ancient volcanic rock all standing at attention, silent monuments to nature’s wonder.

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Old Typewriter Wasting Away in AshevilleOld Typewriter Wasting Away in AshevilleOld Typewriter Wasting Away in Asheville (sounds like a country song)

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) asheville short story typewriter https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/10/writing Tue, 08 Oct 2019 20:44:39 GMT
Days of Two https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/9/days-of-two In recent months, two of my friend's life partners were swiftly taken by cancer. I found, well, I still find that difficult to process. "A parallel universe," one of them said. I cannot imagine, I really cannot. I was studying a poem by Mirza Ghalib, a 19th century Urdu & Persian poet; one of his lines stood out...I used it for the opening and closing lines of a poem that came to me about such a loss. I've embedded the poem into one of my images.

Poem, "Days of Two"Poem, "Days of Two"A poem about joy and loss.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) loss Poem https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/9/days-of-two Tue, 17 Sep 2019 14:47:04 GMT
Haiku - Vietnam Wall https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/9/haiku---vietnam-wall I'm from a small town in South Dakota where lots of "stuff" happens and not all of the stuff is good. I did not go to Vietnam, by the time I was out of pilot training, the war was pretty much winding down. But many of my high school classmates went and some did not return. Too many did not return. I was asked to write a "Haiku" in my writing class...this is it.

Vietnam Wall HaikuVietnam Wall HaikuVietnam Wall Haiku  

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) dc poetry vietnam wall washington https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/9/haiku---vietnam-wall Mon, 16 Sep 2019 10:03:13 GMT
Fall is here...well, almost https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/9/fall-is-here-well-almost My muse is on vacation. I’m sure she’s in a place with no snakes, fine beer, and superb seafood. Until she returns and brings my renewed sense of inspiration, I will experiment with concepts and techniques and procedures and protocols just, well, new things. Yesterday I went to the newly constructed boardwalk at Neabsco Creek . The boardwalk is quite extraordinary! The creek is actually wetlands that feed the Potomac and is part of the Potomac National Heritage trail. I was impressed with the boardwalk…one was literally in the midst of this awesome wetlands without actually being in them and destroying them. I’m sure that some might argue that the boardwalk itself is damaging but the balance of use and beauty is quite well done in this place.

Since my muse has abandoned me and I have nothing creative to show for my outing, I dared to add artistic elements to my images (note the “fence” which is actually the walkway in both images). A small homage to the fall season as well as a thumb on the nose to my muse!


Winter BridgeWinter BridgeWinter Bridge is a folk art composite that includes sculpted images from The Plains, Virginia, and the walkway from Neabsco Boardwalk.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/9/fall-is-here-well-almost Mon, 02 Sep 2019 23:36:47 GMT
Coffee https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/8/coffee I admit that of all the drinks, libations, mixtures, and liquids I've tried, coffee is my most exquisitely favored...and flavored. I imagine the land on which the plants are growing and the farmers picking the beans. I try to buy only Fair Trade beans from small businesses and my go-to place is Cervantes Coffee in Springfield way south, down by Costco and Lorton. They buy beans from all over, mostly Fair Trade, and roast them on the premises. They have a casual seating area with easy chairs, tables, and a coffee bar so people off come to enjoy their coffee, visit, study, think...whatever. The place is out-of-the-way and so isn't like the ubiquitous Starbucks filled with resume writers. No, this is just a casual gathering place with really, really good coffee and friendly baristas. This is a view of their roasting machine.

Cervantes Coffee RoasterCervantes Coffee RoasterCervantes Coffee Roaster

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/8/coffee Tue, 27 Aug 2019 09:44:40 GMT
Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/8/kenilworth-park-and-aquatic-gardens Some of my fellow photographers have been braving the heat and walking about in Kenilworth Park. I have not joined them, mostly because of the heat and my somewhat fragile condition (O woe is me!). Since my surgery a week ago has also limited my excursions, I took a trip in the Wayback Machine to see when it was that I last visited Kenilworth, and last visited was also the first visited. Turns out I was there in July 2017! My how time flies. The Park and Gardens have a lot to offer but most people go there to see the Lotus flowers. I converted the image below to emphasize the contrasts and tones of the aquatic nature of the plants. What I didn't see until now was that the most interesting part of this image is that the little girl is only wearing one shoe.

Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens, Lotus FlowersKenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens, Lotus FlowersKenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens, Lotus Flowers

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/8/kenilworth-park-and-aquatic-gardens Wed, 21 Aug 2019 10:16:53 GMT
Save The Date- September 6 at 6 pm!! https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/8/save-the-date--september-6-at-6-pm I am one of fourteen Photoworks photographers exhibiting in the Popcorn Gallery during the weekends of September. The opening reception is on September 6 beginning at 6 ending at 8. The same evening, ALL of the galleries will be open for Glen Echo's Art walk. My images and poems will be on display and during the opening reception, a DC poet, E. Ethelbert Miller, will be doing a reading. Popcorn gallery is open Saturdays and Sundays from 11-6, well, except for the reception which is a Friday!! Come on down!

The promo reads:

Fourteen photographers challenge their vision and step out of their medium to explore images captured through the lens and words that illuminate ideas. Come meet photographers and poets and immerse yourself in two creative art forms. Sit, write, reflect, and share your thoughts.

The image below is a promotional image and will not be in the show but may be available as a poster.

Visual Poetry PromoVisual Poetry PromoVisual Poetry Promo

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/8/save-the-date--september-6-at-6-pm Thu, 08 Aug 2019 10:57:58 GMT
"Coming Home" https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/8/-coming-home I've been working on artistic composites as the summer wears on. This image was inspired by tall ships including the USCG Cutter Eagle as well as the Providence that I've published in previous posts. The image is a composite of several photos, the final product is a product of my imagination.

"Coming Home""Coming Home""Coming Home"

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) ship storm waves https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/8/-coming-home Wed, 07 Aug 2019 01:14:56 GMT
The Tall Ship "Providence" https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/8/the-tall-ship-providence Providence FIrst MateProvidence FIrst MateProvidence FIrst Mate Gently bobbing up and down dockside in Alexandria, Virginia is the tall ship Providence! I was at Jones Point Park under the Woodrow Wilson Bridge this morning and saw the tall masts in the distance. So off I went. The Providence was built in 1976 and is a replica of The Katy, a ship built in Providence Rhode Island in the 18th century. Providence was built a little differently however and isn't equipped to carry people for long distances (no bunks). The ship is meant for people like you and me to crawl around and see what a 1700s ship was like (except no bunks), and for people to rent river cruises, sailing experiences, etc. The sails are not machine operated, they are people operated. And some "people" have to climb up these VERY high yardarms. I talked with the ship's First Mate who was painting the rails, she is local, from Baltimore! The Captain of Providence is also a woman! They aren't open for the public yet except to walk up and ask questions about the history of the ships and tall ships in general. Check their website for when they will be open!

Tall Ship Providence in Alexandria, VirginiaTall Ship Providence in Alexandria, VirginiaTall Ship Providence in Alexandria, Virginia

 

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) providence ship tall https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/8/the-tall-ship-providence Sat, 03 Aug 2019 19:22:50 GMT
Freedom https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/7/freedom This image has been juried into the Art League's September show at the Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria where it's available for sale in an 11x14 frame. I haven't been outdoors much for the last several weeks. I'm using the opportunity to work on some compositing techniques and to create a large 11"x14" handmade book for a show in Photoworks at Glen Echo Park, Maryland this fall. More information on that in a a couple of weeks.

The image is entitled, "Freedom".

"Freedom""Freedom"A composition of war memorials in the greater DC area.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) dc memorials war https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/7/freedom Wed, 31 Jul 2019 11:17:12 GMT
Little Seneca Lake https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/7/little-seneca-lake Early last week I actually went out in the heat; a friend and I drove to Little Seneca Lake near Gaithersburg, MD. This place is another one of those suburban parks that is well hidden and a real "Wow" when you get there. It's a relatively large lake, >500 acres with several Maryland Park facilities. They apparently have boats and stuff to rent as well as water and worms. When we arrived, summer camp kids were fishing from the shore and dock with a great amount of enthusiasm, which I'm guessing the fish were also enjoying since I didn't see any sign of kids actually catching a fish. There are many trails and paths around the lake, or at least we think there probably are since we only went a short bit along the shoreline. The temperature wasn't awful, the humidity wasn't either but both were high. One part of a road had collapsed into the lake creating a light, latte like color in the water on the ck. On the other side of the road was a lone tree in the water, the last tree standing on what was probably once shoreline.

Little Seneca LakeStanding tall at Little Seneca LakeLone tree dying in Little Seneca Lake, Gaithersburg, Maryland

 

Three Dead TreesThree Dead TreesThree Dead Trees in Little Seneca Lake, Maryland

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) lake maryland park trees https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/7/little-seneca-lake Sun, 14 Jul 2019 11:34:00 GMT
Heat...summer is here at last. I still miss winter!! https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/6/heat-summer-is-here-at-last-i-still-miss-winter I dropped Kyle off at work today and since I was in the neighborhood I stopped at Mount Vernon. I hadn't been in several years and was surprised at how many new "things" exist on the grounds. Probably the most significant is the "Visitors Center" which is a relatively large building but well designed so that it blends into everything. I walked around for about an hour but did not go into the house. It was hot and humid. Admittedly, the mid-80s isn't hot for this part of the world but for this part of me, it was plenty hot. And this poor blacksmith, wow. He was really hot.

BlacksmithMount Vernon BlacksmithThey use original design hardware for the restoration work at Washington's home. This man is fashioning hooks from iron. I enjoyed watching him!

Mount Vernon shed overlooking the Potomac behind the big houseMount Vernon shed overlooking the Potomac behind the big houseMount Vernon shed overlooking the Potomac behind the big house

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) Blacksmith https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/6/heat-summer-is-here-at-last-i-still-miss-winter Thu, 20 Jun 2019 18:25:11 GMT
Sands of Time https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/6/sands-of-time I've decided that I need lots of practice with my processing skills and created this composite of Kelsey entitled, "Sands of Time." As we pause to celebrate the day and the ideals, hopes, and passions of fatherhood, it dawned on me (again) just how quickly the days go by and how sometimes I used to take those days for granted. I admit that I don't do so anymore and try to immerse myself in as many moments and experiences as possible. And the best of those are with family.

Composite Photo of KelseySands of TimeComposite Photo of Kelsey

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) composite family https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/6/sands-of-time Sun, 16 Jun 2019 17:59:38 GMT
Frederick, Maryland https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/6/frederick-maryland Diane and I did a quick walkabout in and about Frederick yesterday. The weather was truly magnificent, about 70 degrees, light breeze, puffy clouds...just awesome. We visited three covered wooden bridges (covers were wood, not floor) north of town and then went into town to explore the shops and eateries. We had fun! We had to beat rush hour...which we didn't do because after all, it's Friday, and on Friday everyone leaves work at the same time. Normally, they sort of leave in shifts but on Friday, everyone wants out at 5-ish. We had fun. And I found some images.

Thurmont, MDThurmont, MDCovered Bridge outside of Thurmont, MD  

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) bridge maryland https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/6/frederick-maryland Sat, 15 Jun 2019 21:02:42 GMT
Hillwood https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/6/hillwood I went to Hillwood in DC today to see a photo exhibit they have during June. Bad news, members only today in the exhibit so I walked around the mansion and grounds instead. Hard to imagine having that much money. Hillwood was the home of Margaret Merriweather Post. Well, she lived in DC a couple of months in the spring and then a couple of months in the fall. She had money. And some of the houses around are like hers...except the land. The grounds are 25 acres which is insane!! This image is one of the falls in the Japanese Gardens.

Hillwood Museum, Japanese FallsHillwood Museum, Japanese FallsHillwood Museum, Japanese Falls

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) fals hillwood museum https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/6/hillwood Fri, 07 Jun 2019 18:04:37 GMT
Changing D.C. https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/6/changing-d-c A couple of weeks ago I did a very, very short walkabout on L'Enfant Plaza. Most of the buildings in that area are what my architect friend calls "boring." I posit that he's correct, most developers are not trying to make an artistic statement with their buildings. In DC if it's a government building, the contract probably went to the lowest bidder and that normally translates to ironclad minimalism. With the exception of the new International Spy Museum, the buildings in the L'Enfant area are mostly flat faced with little decoration. It is a very walkable area though and it's possible to walk all the way to the waterfront where the buildings are new and mostly cool.

Washington, D.C. L'Enfant Plaza areaWashington, D.C. L'Enfant Plaza areaWashington, D.C. L'Enfant Plaza area

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/6/changing-d-c Thu, 06 Jun 2019 11:11:06 GMT
Old Town Alexandria Waterfront https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/6/old-town-alexandria-waterfront I am revising my website (this one!) and hope to be complete by the end of June. As part of that effort I'm also going through my images (again) deleting those that don't have impact as I quickly review each (way over 100k). This image from the docks of Old Town leapt out at me during the summer of 2012, oh...so long ago. That evening was warm but pleasant; flying bugs everywhere as was the laughter and buzz of people enjoying relief from the daytime heat. Vendors were on the dock quickly turning out works of art for tourists and locals. Just a fun evening too quickly gone except for the electrons resting in my camera. My feeling that evening was very "Saturday Evening Post"-like and I've emphasized that emotion in this image.

Waterfront in Old Town Alexandria, VAWaterfront in Old Town Alexandria, VAArtist on the Waterfront in Old Town Alexandria, VA

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) alexandria artists waterfront https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/6/old-town-alexandria-waterfront Tue, 04 Jun 2019 11:07:54 GMT
The Art League at The Torpedo Factory https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/6/the-art-league-at-the-torpedo-factory One of my images will be hanging in the Art League at The Torpedo Factory during June. I've previously posted the image but will post again. This was taken spring 2019 at Burke Lake, VA. I'm also competing with more Burke Lake images in the PhotoWorks "Photo Slam" at Busboys and Poets (14th and V Streets, NW) this Sunday, June 9 from 7 to 9. Come on down and hear my images get shredded! Hah, it will be fun.
Burke LakeBurke Lake PathSpringtime

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) forest lake path https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/6/the-art-league-at-the-torpedo-factory Mon, 03 Jun 2019 10:44:53 GMT
Another Poem! https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/6/another-poem My allergies have been awesomely horrible this week, actually for two weeks. I haven't been outside except for baseball and doctors. I lead a sheltered life! Hah. With all this time indoors and not outside shooting, my mind begins to wander hither and yon and landed in the 60s & 70s! That kicked off all sorts of memories and thoughts and ended (so far) with this poem from those days and an image from a couple of years ago on The Mall.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) Poem relationships https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/6/another-poem Sat, 01 Jun 2019 11:14:32 GMT
Imagination! Lake Byron? Or... https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/5/imagination-lake-byron-or Back when I was a lad, sometime when Princess phones were all-the-thing, teens used to go "parking" with their significant others in remote places outside of town! I remember places like Lake Byron, Pearl Creek, and many wooded roads that seemed so far away from civilization. And, BTW, there are NOT so many wooded places around my old home town, at least not then. So when I stumbled across this old vehicle far from any roads in the middle of a suburban forest my memories fired up my imagination! I've posted shots of this old Willys before but stumbled across the image again today. Ah...memories! Ah...imagination! Did some teens get stuck? Is it haunted? 

Suburban ForestSuburban ForestSuburban Forest

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) car forest suburbs https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/5/imagination-lake-byron-or Wed, 29 May 2019 13:21:17 GMT
Earthquake - A poem https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/5/dewey---a-poem A memory popped up and so did this poem:

Mountain RiverMountain RiverCanyon on a Mountain River

 

Earthquake

 

I sat on the floor next to my grandfather

as he lay twitching and shaking from the

brain bleed that would quickly

take his life just moments later.

 

All that I’d learned about love and life

seemed to fan out before my 14-year-old eyes

as I watched him die, wanting to do something.

Terrified that I didn’t know what.

 

Then he was gone.

I was certain the world would

pause or salute or shed a tear.

But nothing slowed;

Few noticed.

 

Nothing changed.

 

Except me.

 

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) death poem https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/5/dewey---a-poem Sat, 11 May 2019 17:38:06 GMT
Days Gone By https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/5/days-gone-by I appreciate the past, a lot! I also appreciate what might happen in my life tomorrow and the next day! But most of all, I appreciate today and what's happening around me right now! One of the things that I enjoy doing, however, is poking about around in yesterday's remains, the embers of my and someone else's memories. I read and hear about the "Good Old Days" but I know from experience that the good old days are usually not always so good. Polio. Slavery. The Plague. Tyranny. Well, you get my drift.

This is an image of an old coal-fired power plant that sits pretty much right in the middle of a suburban area between Alexandria City and Crystal City. The plant burned about 3,000 tons, that's 6 MILLION pounds, of coal per day before closing in September 2012 because natural gas was a cheaper energy source. The company has a lease that will go almost to the end of this century and is under no obligation to do anything other than try to clean up the residual toxins. I admire the structure's strengths, lines, its brooding power. That's today. I do not think I would have been such an admirer when tons of pollutants were projected into the air and the water. Probably.

Closed GenOn Plant in Alexandria, VAClosed GenOn Plant in Alexandria, VAClosed GenOn Plant in Alexandria, VA

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) building closed power https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/5/days-gone-by Thu, 09 May 2019 14:36:26 GMT
I Miss Winter https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/5/i-miss-winter Green, green, green...everywhere! Sometimes I miss the non-green stuff but then I remember the cold and wet. I wish I didn't have allergies and I wish snakes would move south to Alabama. But, I have learned that all wishes cannot be granted. I've spent a fair amount of time inside which is good for the allergies and snake-a-phobia but not too good for the image collection. And during this time of the year we have a little moisture in the air which isn't good for my camera. Sigh, whine, whine, whine. This is an image from Huntley Meadows back a few weeks when the snakes were saving up their energy to come at me this spring. But wait, it's not all about me!

Huntley Meadows WetlandsHuntley Meadows WetlandsHuntley Meadows Wetlands

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) huntley park wetlands https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/5/i-miss-winter Sat, 04 May 2019 23:36:35 GMT
Spring https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/4/spring One of the more interesting parts of the waterfront and National Harbor is the pier that has a ferris wheel with large gondola carriers instead of the open seats of days-gone-by. This is a small gondola carriage, though, not like the one in London, or so I'm told. I'm guessing that the developers would have loved to put in a giant wheel like London's but since National Airport is right across the river, I'm thinking that wasn't even floated to the zoning commission. As the number of water taxis increases and the entire waterfront of DC and Virginia is explosively expanding, I'd imagine that this place will be packed in the summer. The image is from a couple of weeks ago; the sky was almost clear, a few wispy clouds. The image reflects my dizzying view of heights. I have a relatively significant "dislike" of heights and looking back I wonder how my mind reconciled that to being a fighter pilot. Didn't seem a problem at the time.

Ferris Wheel at National HarborFerris Wheel at National HarborFerris Wheel at National Harbor

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) Ferris Wheel https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/4/spring Sat, 20 Apr 2019 11:51:53 GMT
The Farm https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/4/the-farm Certainly not my farm, but a farm and National Park. I took a break yesterday and drove to Oxon Hill Cove Park and farm. This is really not far away at all...as the crow flies. It's just over the bridge in Maryland so to get there, one needs to get on the beltway with a few hundred thousand of your closest friends, accelerate to either 70+ or decelerate to 20, and hope for no closures!! It's only twelve miles but it took me 45 minutes. Oh well. The farm is literally right off the beltway just south of Blue Plains Water and the DC/Maryland line. The governor of Maryland wants the federal government to trade it to Maryland so a football stadium (Redskins) can be built there. I think there are probably better places for a stadium.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) farm maryland park https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/4/the-farm Fri, 19 Apr 2019 10:40:47 GMT
So Many Books, So Little Time https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/4/so-many-books-so-little-time Libraries and bookstores are centers of gravity for me. I could and do spend hours absorbing the smells, turning the pages, sneaking quick peeks at the content, comparing covers, searching for treasures, etc., but alas, there are so many! When I was in the military, I collected books and hauled them from station to station thinking I'd build myself a library one day into which I would retire. That didn't quite work out. At some point I had over 7,000 pounds of book boxes, there was little room in the house, and, I'd run out of shelving. An Arlington County library was the beneficiary of two decades of collecting. Books are an addiction and a passion.  I'm okay with that...most of the time.

I enjoy reading the books of course, but I also enjoy imagining what the authors were thinking when they wrote their books. Was writing fun? Did the ideas come from completely within? Were they inspired by someone or something? Did they write the book because there was a deadline? Passionate about something? Bored? Depressed? Terrified? 

The image is from Capitol Hills Books which is close to the Eastern Market in DC. Tens of thousands of books, thousands of subjects. A wonderful rabbit hole!

I may need more books.

Capitol Hill Books near Eastern Market in DCCapitol Hill BooksCapitol Hill Books near Eastern Market in DC

 

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) books dc https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/4/so-many-books-so-little-time Thu, 18 Apr 2019 12:27:23 GMT
Spring Time https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/4/spring-time I have been distracted for a bit with a myriad of issues and so haven't posted in several weeks...well, on this blog. I have on the Things I Notice blog. I went out yesterday in the rain for just a short while, my camera does NOT like the rain as much as I do. The lake was humid and sultry but with the hushed overtones of spring. So rain or not, my camera worked away. A small railroad memorializes the Burke Station in Burke Lake Park which is surrounded by miles of trails in the shoreside forest.

Rainy day at Burke LakeRainy day at Burke LakeRainy day at Burke Lake

Burke Station in the woodsBurke Station in the woodsBurke Station in the woods

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) burke lake train https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/4/spring-time Sat, 13 Apr 2019 19:11:31 GMT
Potomac River, Lock 7 https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/2/potomac I was in Glen Echo Park last Saturday and stopped at Lock 7. The Potomac was fierce and high and so walking along the shore was difficult at best. Since I had limited time I just shot from the little inlet just down from the Lock. I adjusted the tones and sharpness of the image to reflect my mood.

Potomac RiverPotomac RiverPotomac River near Lock 7 of the C&O Canal

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) potomac https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/2/potomac Wed, 27 Feb 2019 20:40:57 GMT
National Cathedral https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/2/national-cathedral Yesterday I went with friends to the National Cathedral. Sadly, I did not have the same level of access I had on my last visit...to the roof, bell towers, etc. The Cathedral folks were getting ready for a concert last night so the chairs in the middle of the sanctuary were gone and the "mood" lights were on the pillars. Also, the sun was a the perfect angle glowing through the stained glass windows and shining on the left side of the room. Fun time but getting the entire place into one shot is difficult. Maybe next time!

Washington National CathedralWashington National CathedralWashington National Cathedral with sun coming through the stained glass windows and illuminating the left side of the sanctuary. Blue theater lights are on the pillars as they setup for a concert.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) cathedral concert lighting https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/2/national-cathedral Tue, 19 Feb 2019 16:03:14 GMT
Coopers Rock West Virginia https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/2/coopers-rock-west-virginia Every year around this time I spend more hours inside the house vice outside taking photos. I end up deleting and cataloguing images from years ago, sort of a trip down memory lane and a catharsis of image hoarding. Blame it on the cold. Of course, it's not South Dakota or Minnesota cold, but still!

I've been to most states in the Union and I have pretty much enjoyed them all (I have not been to Alaska, Hawaii or New England). I would put West Virginia in the top 5 of the "Most Beautiful States" category. I have visited and even camped at Coopers Rock several times and the "Wow" factor has never diminished. This is at Coopers Rock overlooking the Cheat River Gorge; if I were younger I'd hike and climb this really cool place each time I visit. The hills on the way to the Park around Interstate-68 don't really prepare you for what you'll see when you finally arrive at the overlook. After leaving the interstate, you drive for just a couple of miles on a winding, forest road with gentle hills and turns and tall trees everywhere.  You end up in a large parking lot that might have been a mountain meadow. Following the signs for a couple of hundred yards to the "Overlook" you are suddenly presented with this OMG view. I will go back. 

Cheat River Gorge at Coopers Rock, WVCheat River Gorge at Coopers Rock, WVCheat River Gorge at Coopers Rock, WV

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) cheat coopers mountain mountains river https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/2/coopers-rock-west-virginia Sat, 09 Feb 2019 13:02:18 GMT
Graphic Design https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/2/graphic-design I'm trying to learn more about Graphic Design which I believe will positively influence my images. I'm enrolled in a 300 level course at George Mason University under Professor Cui's leadership. Our first project was to pick a quote and an image then create four designs with varying levels of type/text emphasis. This was one of my candidate images but I chose a Burke Lake image instead. The quote is from Gandhi. But I like this shot...the Joshua Tree. But it's on the cutting room floor. 

Joshua Tree in Hesperia, CAI've posted this image before or ones that are similar.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/2/graphic-design Thu, 07 Feb 2019 12:27:43 GMT
Burke Lake Ice https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/2/burke-lake-ice I have enrolled in a Graphics Design course at George Mason University. I'm learning the principles and elements of design and other "style" kinds of things. So naturally, my first images after class are just the opposite of everything I've learned in class. The ice was glazing over much of the lake when I visited this time. The sun was about an hour from setting so the shadows and glare was harsh coming through the trees. And so that's how I transformed the image I took...to emphasize that "glare" and to lessen the reality since the camera saw more than I could.

Burke Lake, VA. Infrared post processing treatment.Burke Lake, VA. Infrared post processing treatment.Burke Lake, VA. Infrared post processing treatment.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/2/burke-lake-ice Sun, 03 Feb 2019 18:13:31 GMT
Cold, cold, cold! https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/1/cold-cold-cold The temperature was over 40 in the morning today. Steadily a chill has crept over the suburbs and it's supposed to be below 20 by dawn! This image actually came to me Friday night at Burke Lake but the patchy ice and cool sky and setting sun provided a mood that matches the falling temperatures today. And tomorrow...I'm going downtown DC...it will be chilly.

Burke Lake ice at sunsetBurke Lake ice at sunsetBurke Lake ice at sunset

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) burke cold ice lake https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/1/cold-cold-cold Mon, 21 Jan 2019 02:36:31 GMT
Winter https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/1/winter Our forecast tells us that winter is on the way. Well, not Minnesota or South Dakota-like winter, but winter for here in Northern Virginia.  I went out to Burke Lake for a few minutes yesterday. The snow was melting. The sky was gray. It was sort of a "meh" kind of day, like the color of the sky. 

Burke LakeBurke LakeBurke Lake WInter Scene

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) Lake snow winter https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/1/winter Sat, 19 Jan 2019 12:41:44 GMT
Exercising my imagination https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/1/exercising-my-imagination This week I began an online "Refresh" class with Matt Kloskowski. The end goal is to refresh and revitalize my imagination and "eye," which, based on my dramatically high exhibition rejection rate of late, desperately needs some renewing. The first week's challenge included a number of "non-photo" things and also a relatively simple (or so I thought) photography task...the challenge: use something I had around the house, not complicated, no studio, no strobes, no heavy processing, just basic stuff looking to capture some shapes, designs, colors, contrasts, etc. Shoot 20+ and pick 5-10. These are my five, now six because I thought I would include a black and white version of the eggs. None of them are really "wallable" but I had fun doing it. The last two are "macro," I used extension tubes since I don't have a macro lens.

This first is eggs at sunrise. I had a blank piece of white paper that I curved to make a backdrop and floor for the eggs. They are peacefully sitting on my dining room table with morning light streaming through the patio doors.

Eggs out of basketEggs out of basketEggs out of basket

I liked the shadows and so decided to convert this one to B&W and will also submit this one to the project (even tho it's an "extra"). It's a little dark but...that's what I wanted.

Eggs out of basket, B&WEggs out of basket, B&W I liked this one, mostly because of the cobalt blue bowl.

Fruit bowl at sunriseFruit bowl at sunrise

I tried all sorts of images with the gold fish. To get these two to look like they were getting ready to leap out of the bowl, I put a dab of yogurt on their sides to hold them to the bowl. Certainly not a superb, gallery quality image but one that I had fun making. In fact, I may expand on the concept a little and have a school of them escaping!

Goldfish escapingGoldfish escapingGoldfish escaping from the bowl!

This is my least favorite. The light reflecting off the glittery doo-dads is kind of overpowering. But, that's the look I wanted. Bad me. Goldfish swimming in sparklesGoldfish swimming in sparklesA sea of sparkles  This last one is a closeup of garlic, onions, and a shallot. I had an entire bowl of them (no danger of vampires in this house) but decided to zoom in to get a closeup of the textures of the veggies. 

Garlic & ShallotGarlic & ShallotGarlic & Shallot ready to cut

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) eggs fun goldfish vegetables https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/1/exercising-my-imagination Wed, 16 Jan 2019 17:12:21 GMT
Nightfall at Huntley Meadows Park https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/1/nightfall-at-huntley-meadows-park I had to be in eastern Alexandria late yesterday afternoon/evening, found myself with some extra time, and so thought I would see if Huntley Meadows was accessible. "Accessible?" you wonder. Yes, I wondered about accessibility because of the 6 inches of snow we'd had and that the hour was late and the park closed at "dark." But dark in a blizzard is a relative or perhaps subjective thing and so off I headed. I was surprised, not only was the parking lot relatively clear but also a little crowded with cars. I gathered up my gear and headed out. But...I admit that I was a bit reluctant, "dark" was no longer subjective...it was a real thing. And the path I was on all of a sudden had people walking by me but not towards the water, but to the parking lot. I had visions of some loyal gate guard lowering the entry gate and me having to call someone for help getting out. Ah well.

I decided to retreat. I'd only come a couple of hundred yards. I stopped to soak up the quiet and the evening's peace. I planted my tripod and looked back towards the visitors center and found this image. I remained still, like the forest, and enjoyed the silent fall of the night.

Huntley Meadows at nightfall.Huntley Meadows at nightfall.Huntley Meadows at nightfall looking back towards the visitor's center.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) huntley meadows night snow https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/1/nightfall-at-huntley-meadows-park Mon, 14 Jan 2019 13:24:50 GMT
Armour and Company, Still LIfe https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/1/armour-and-company-still-life Armour and Company was a meat packing industrial giant founded by the Armour brothers in the 1800s. They had a hell of a history that lasted for over 150 years. In the last part of the twentieth century they sort of imploded and now there's little left of the original company...all the bits and pieces were sold off to other food industry giants. I'm from Huron, SD which used to be home to one of Armour's top producing meat packing plants back in the 50s and 60s. My dad started working there in 1029 when the plant was built and worked there until he retired in 1976. He started as a supply room clerk and retired as the General Manager.

In 1970, Armour was purchased by the Greyhound Bus Corporation...who knows why. Armour moved its corporate HQ from Chicago to Phoenix, AZ. The new CEO was Jess Nicks, a Greyhound executive with little experience in the food industry. His daughter is Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac fame. They wanted my dad to move to Phoenix to bring his years of experience to the executive circle...he didn't. Of course, the world changes, Years after my dad retired, Armour sold out to Smithfield which then closed the plant in Huron putting hundreds out of work. When my  dad died I inherited some Armour memorabilia, just a few things. I'd donate them to an Armour museum but there isn't such a place. What should I do with them, I say to myself.

And then. I became curious about still life photography after seeing more of my friend Carole's incredible oils. She walked me through her creative process which is heavily influenced by her graphic design background. She suggested I start with something I enjoy to "star" in the image. I like this old Armour's jug. I surrounded it with other Armour stuff including a really old soap "Big Ben" which was made by Armour before they started making Dial soap in 1948 so this bar is older than I am. The two letter openers are big. The very small sapphire tie tac is something from the Phoenix days. Thanks, Carole, I have a very long way to go but I am starting!

Amrour and Company Memorabilia Amrour and Company Memorabilia Amrour and Company Memorabilia

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/1/armour-and-company-still-life Fri, 11 Jan 2019 17:35:07 GMT
Photos to enter. Or not. https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/1/photos-to-enter-or-not I am considering these photos to enter into DC Exposed. Comment on the ones you like, I can enter four. Some of these I've posted before. Thanks!

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/1/photos-to-enter-or-not Tue, 08 Jan 2019 21:28:45 GMT
Walkabout at the Kreeger Museum https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/1/walkabout-at-the-kreeger-museum A friend and I went on a short walkabout at the Kreeger Museum. Sadly, all of the Smithsonian museum are closed because of the shutdown but this one is not in the Smithsonian "family." The weather wasn't as bad as we thought it was going to be so we actually also walked outside for a little while. This Museum is a hidden gem, art work by artists you always hear about but seldom get to actually see and see more than one, Picasso, Rodin, Monet and dozens more...all there...incredible. Normally I don't like taking photos of other's art but the two in these shots were more about light, color, and perspective than the piece of art itself. I've also started to learn about colors, color saturation, color "blurring" and other stuff. So, join me on my journey!!

 

In this first image, the Rodin sculpture is highlighted and silhouetted in front of the rain soaked window. I am learning more about colors and so pulled out some of the gold tones from both the bronze statue and the barren trees in the background. Rodin Sculpture in the Kreeger MuseumRodin Sculpture in the Kreeger MuseumRodin Sculpture in the Kreeger Museum

I made this abstract from the reflecting pond in the back of the museum. Most of the building and the structures around the building are covered with travertine which to me has sort of a gold/brown essence. I worked with a black and white conversion of the pond and two of its artistic structures to change the prominent hues to gold, then I did away with the gradations or shades. After I finished, I was reminded of the predominant color theme of the movie, "The Lion King." The "original" B&W is below.

Reflecting pond at the Kreeger MuseumReflecting pond at the Kreeger MuseumReflecting pond at the Kreeger Museum

Reflecting pond at the Kreeger MuseumReflecting pond at the Kreeger MuseumReflecting pond at the Kreeger Museum This image is looking up from the pond level to the deck level of the house. I have converted the image to black and white and blurred/distorted some of the internal textures.

Reflecting pond at the Kreeger MuseumOutside stairway at the Kreeger MuseumReflecting pond at the Kreeger Museum

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) Abstract art Kreeger Museum Rodin https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/1/walkabout-at-the-kreeger-museum Sat, 05 Jan 2019 12:47:18 GMT
Video of DC Fire Response...And...HAPPY NEW YEAR!! https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/1/video-of-dc-fire-response-and-happy-new-year I have stayed in for the last couple of days! I took the time to put together some of the DC Fire response at the Union Station a couple of weeks ago. Please visit my YouTube Channel to take a look. The link is also embedded on the second image below.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) dc fire response https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2019/1/video-of-dc-fire-response-and-happy-new-year Tue, 01 Jan 2019 12:23:57 GMT
Video!? https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/12/video I am still trying to figure out how to do the video and I've decided I must practice, practice, practice!!

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) camera zoom https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/12/video Thu, 27 Dec 2018 21:15:07 GMT
Just a short drive away... https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/12/just-a-short-drive-away Today I headed west for a quick visit with friends and to take the shot below at the old rail station in Delaplane. We managed to beat the rain and enjoyed the very gray skies throughout the day. Delaplane was an important rail station for the Southern forces before the First Battle of Manassas.  I don't know if this particular building had any history but it seems old enough to have some. I guess my imagination can fill in the blanks. Lots of cool places to shoot on that particular highway but not lots of places to pull off the highway without driving onto someone's very private driveways.

Old House close to Delaplane, VAOld House close to Delaplane, VAOld House close to Delaplane, VA

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) delaplane old house https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/12/just-a-short-drive-away Fri, 21 Dec 2018 01:49:10 GMT
US Capitol and Union Station https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/12/us-capitol-and-union-station Before the dramatic fire at Union Station, I was at the US Capitol Building trying some zoom techniques on the Capitol Christmas tree and the Building itself. After some fails and frustration I had some success and learned a little about zooming, edges, exposures, etc. I'll do a video later today about what I discovered. As I was enjoying the rather brisk evening air, I turned and looked the other way and discovered the Washington Monument's lighted prominence. I did a few of that view and was surprised at how well the image turned out, I was even able to capture the "zoomed" Lincoln Memorial.

The first image is the Capitol Building dome with the top stories providing a dramatic light show.

US Capitol Building with lens zoom to create the light show effectUS Capitol BuildingUS Capitol Building with lens zoom to create the light show effect I moved off center a bit so I could capture the dome and the Capitol Christmas tree. The tree lights give the image a very seasonal mood!

A "zoomed" view of the dome and the tree.US Capitol Building Dome and TreeA "zoomed" view of the dome and the tree. At this point, I turned around and "discovered" the Washington Monument. This was a teeny bit more difficult since the distance was a great deal longer and I did not have a super long lens. Nonetheless, the effect turned out pretty good.

A "zoomed" view of the Washington Monument. If you look closely, you can see the Lincoln Memorial right behind it.Washington MonumentA "zoomed" view of the Washington Monument. If you look closely, you can see the Lincoln Memorial right behind it. After finishing at the Capitol grounds, I started shooting at the Union Station. Surprisingly, there were few people there. The first image is a painterly conversion to black and white of the ceiling in the main area of the station. Majestic!

Washington DC Union Station Ceiling in the main area of the terminalWashington DC Union StationWashington DC Union Station Ceiling in the main area of the terminal This last image is at the front of the station looking down an exterior walkway. This is actually looking toward where the fire broke out. What makes this shot interesting to me is the texture, color, and architecture of the building, AND, that there are no people.

Union Station exterior walkway in front of the stationWashington, DC Union StationUnion Station exterior walkway in front of the station

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) night union station us capitol https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/12/us-capitol-and-union-station Wed, 19 Dec 2018 12:33:00 GMT
Company Engine 3 - Four of DC's Bravest!! https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/12/company-engine-3---four-of-dcs-bravest I was walking about in front of The Union Station last night when all of a sudden there was a giant "WHOOSH" and a huge cloud of black, acrid smoke. Off to the left side of Union Station, right next to the cab stand flames were shooting out of something...I couldn't tell what at first because of the thick smoke and bright fire...and I was out in front so a hundred yards away. The shot below is what I saw...I knew my camera wasn't set up for "instant" shots so as I headed toward the flames I started changing my settings.

This crew (Engine 3) showed up in what seemed like seconds. After it was all over, I looked at the "clock" in my camera to see what the total time was from when I noticed the fire to when they had it under control and then "out." The fire started at 9:05 pm, the truck was there about 9:06 pm, the firefighters were fully engaged by 9:07 pm and the fire was under control at 9:08 pm. Now I know that this fire was tiny compared to what they normally battle but I want to tell you that their response was incredibly fast, well organized, and EFFECTIVE. It was fascinating to watch them work. The blaze was just yards away from the taxi stand where a half dozen cabs were waiting for fares. The AMTRAK and other law enforcement folks kept us bystanders a little ways away.

The light was interesting and I had set my camera on a relatively long shutter speed since I was handholding and not using a tripod. Consequently, you'll see some blur in some of the shots. I converted a couple to black and white because they seemed to emphasize the action and drama that was happening. Again, for the firefighters, this was probably very ho-hum but to those of us watching the response unfold, it was very cool.

For the shot below, I'm racing across the street (well, racing for me, as you know, is a relative term). The people taking photos with their phones are shooting the fire truck as it's pulling up. On the right, you can see the first cab in the stand which gives you an idea how close the line of cabs was from the fire.

They took a quick look when they first got there.

And then they headed in with a single hose. I think that the vehicle was some sort of utility vehicle probably run by Union Station. It was sort of like a giant golf or utility cart, about 15' long or so and covered with plastic and other stuff that burned quite nastily.  Three of them are all attacking the fire from the same side.

After just a couple of minutes and who knows how many gallons of water, the fire reduced to a steaming sizzle. The remains of the utility cart are poking through the smoke.

This is the same image but in color. The light was hazy and yellow from the street lights and the smoke and tinted orange by the bright red lights of the fire truck.


 

They are in the last stages of the process and adding more water and tearing into smoldering pieces to ensure the fire will not survive.

And, by now, it's pretty much out. This image was taken at 9:13. They are in what I would call the "insurance phase," making sure that nothing is still smoldering or even thinking about smoldering. Awesome!!

The shot below are the responders from Engine Co 3. They were kind enough to pose as they were cleaning up the area and their stuff. Thanks to you guys and and your comrades! Awesome work!!

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) fire firefighters https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/12/company-engine-3---four-of-dcs-bravest Tue, 18 Dec 2018 20:52:42 GMT
Street https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/12/street Most of the time the streets are festive in DC. Of course, there are places and times that should be avoided. But around most places in the center of the city, close to the Capitol, Verizon Center, GWU, etc., things are okay. I don't think DC is a city like New York...never sleeping...but it is alive for most hours of the day and night. Great places to eat, art, theater, etc., and lots of smiling people. I like the city at night, I'm cautious but I'm of advanced chronological experience and so have to be careful. My issues have to do with not being as mobile as i once was which means I'm usually sitting or standing in one place. In the shot below, I was sitting on the steps at the side of the Portrait Gallery. Lots of happy faces!

Night Time DC StreetNight Time DC StreetNight time in DC. Holiday festival

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) dc night https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/12/street Sun, 16 Dec 2018 18:21:48 GMT
Update on the Target Gallery Show https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/12/update-on-the-target-gallery-show The show closed a week or so ago and I was on the way to the Target Gallery when they emailed to say my image had sold to someone from Nevada! I'm happy and hope they enjoy the image! Right now, "Summer Fountain" is being shown in The Art League through the end of the month. For January, I am trying something a little different, a triptych of sorts. These were shots of people sleeping on benches. I talked with them when they awoke but two weren't  very talkative. The most talkative and helpful was the man bundled up on the lower left, we chatted for more than half an hour. His image was taken in Birmingham, AL.  The framed triptych is 24"x20" so it's kind of big. Seemed like a reasonable reminder about others on these cold days in December.

"Down, but not done," they said."Down, but not done," they said.Homeless sleeping on benches but still with hope. Bottom left in Birmingham, AL, other two from Washington, DC

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) Birmingham homeless Washington DC https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/12/update-on-the-target-gallery-show Wed, 12 Dec 2018 21:47:02 GMT
Nighttime in DC! https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/12/nighttime-in-dc I was certainly in the Christmas spirit when I joined Joe Yablonsky for a short night shoot walkabout last night in DC. 'Tis definitely the Season and there were lots and lots of people enjoying the mostly mild weather. We walked from the National Archives to the Navy Memorial and then to the Portrait Gallery. On the way we found a Christmas Bazaar on the sidewalk in tents...the block long shops really sent me back, back to the "days of old" when I could run laughing through the streets not worried about the cold, or the hour, or dark. Just the fun and laughter. My first shot is a long exposure on a tripod to create sort of a "Ghosts of Christmas Past" on the streets of DC. The second is across from the Spy Museum; while making a long exposure I rotated the zoom ring to create the "spikes" of light. I love the view across the Navy Memorial up the street. And the last is the National Archives...it's the back of the building, someday I swear I'll go to the other side. Thanks, Joe!

Corner in Washington, DCCorner in Washington, DCCorner in Washington, DC

The Spy Museum Using Zoom LensThe Spy Museum Using Zoom LensThe Spy Museum Using Zoom Lens

The Back of the National Archives in Washington, DCThe Back of the National Archives in Washington, DCThe Back of the National Archives in Washington, DC

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) dc night washington https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/12/nighttime-in-dc Tue, 11 Dec 2018 23:49:08 GMT
Burke Lake https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/12/burke-lake This is a shot of Burke Lake not too, too long before sunset. This was a very wide lens so details from high and low are also available. But you can't hide the fact that the trees are mostly leafless. Winter time in the city. Well, not the city but the burbs! It's a great place to go!!!

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) burke lake sunset virginia https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/12/burke-lake Tue, 04 Dec 2018 00:13:01 GMT
Wow! Water! Technology! Cool Stuff, All in One Place https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/11/wow-water-technology-cool-stuff-all-in-one-place DC used to have one of the worst records in America when it came to water treatment...tons of really bad stuff used to flow DIRECTLY into the Potomac and Anacostia rivers. But today, what a difference. I had a chance to go on a tour of The Blue Plains Advanced Waste Water Facility, the largest of its kind in the world!!! Over 150 acres of processing turning really ugly, polluted water into pure (although not drinkable) water that flows back into the Potomac. I've put a brief description  just below the image to give you a better idea of how the plant functions.

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The image above is one edge of a VERY large circular pond in the Primary Treatment section. There are 36 of these ponds. This is where the water comes in with much of its "junk" and the junk either floats to the top or sinks to the bottom. Skimmers on the top and the bottom skim the junk into the next stage.

Secondary Treatment Section.Secondary Treatment Section.Secondary Treatment Section. The image above is one of the secondary treatment ponds. It's a timed exposure to show that the sludge is constantly moving. The sludge normally looks like brown...well, er, sludge. But it's alway on the move. 

Secondary Treatment SectionSecondary Treatment SectionSecondary Treatment Section The image above is another view of the Secondary Treatment section. Although this is also a timed (slow shutter speed) photo, the time is much shorter so you get a better idea of what the sludge looks like.

The image above shows some of the nitrification/denitrification ponds. This is close to the end of the cycle. Gradually, the plant removes and converts the water from "pure sludge" to pure water and reusable solids (fertilizer). Water is sent to Blue Plains from all of D.C., parts of Fairfax and Loudon counties in Virginia, and, Montgomery and Prince George's counties in Maryland.

Out of service purification/filtrate machineOut of service purification/filtrate machineOut of service purification/filtrate machine The image above is an out of service machine. Normally, the v-shaped things are laying flat on the surface below and moving the sludge around.  At the end of the process, we looked at the water and could not tell the difference between the fully processed Blue Plains water and tap water...it was that clear.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) blue plains dc water https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/11/wow-water-technology-cool-stuff-all-in-one-place Fri, 30 Nov 2018 21:32:36 GMT
The Art League https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/11/the-art-league The photo below was juried into the Art League in the Torpedo Factory for the December show. Additionally, the juror gave the photo an Honorable Mention award. I also am in a small photo group that shoots and meets regularly. We talk about artistic stuff, photo techniques, each others photos, and life! Six others in the group are also in The Art League in December. We must be doing something right! This shot was taken at The Wharf last summer. I was holding my camera on a handrail so I could take a long exposure. I love that the father and son (at least I imagine they are father/son) stood still enough to almost be "there" during the click unlike the two others on the left.

Father and son in the fountain at the Wharf in Washington, DCSummer FountainFather and son in the fountain at the Wharf in Washington, DC

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) the wharf washington dc https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/11/the-art-league Mon, 26 Nov 2018 11:23:46 GMT
Harpers Ferry https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/11/harpers-ferry Several friends and I went to Harpers Ferry on a photo expedition. It was chilly and mid-day so the light wasn't the best and the temps were a bit unfriendly. I spent most of my time by the Shenandoah River where the fast rush of water seemed to actually make it seem warmer as I was standing on the shoreline. ON the way to the river, this stone wall and gate caught my eye. I've never been to Harpers Ferry during the "good" weather and so all of my pictures seem bereft of people when I'm there. I'll try harder next time. In the spring.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) ferry harpers virginia west https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/11/harpers-ferry Sat, 17 Nov 2018 20:05:36 GMT
Study in Black and White https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/11/study-in-black-and-white I gathered many of my black and white images...those that I really like. I'm trying to sift through my collections, downsize them, and then feature some that really stand out from my perspective. I know that some of these (like the palm trees shot) don't really fit...but, hey...they make me feel good. It's a quick video, three minutes, you can stop it though if there's something that really grabs your attention. Click on the full screen icon for the best view.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) and black california landscapes virginia west white https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/11/study-in-black-and-white Sun, 11 Nov 2018 23:01:55 GMT
Target Gallery & Burke Lake all in one day! https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/11/target-gallery-burke-lake-all-in-one-day Yesterday morning I headed off to Burke Lake hoping for fog, mist, a golden sunrise, and fall tree colors. I was "O" for 4!!

On a whim, I decided to try an ad lib a video...my apologies to all things visual but I had to try and it's a rabbit hole I will probably do down again!!! In the evening, Diane and I went to the Target Gallery for the opening reception of the Armistice Show. I had the opportunity to provide a few remarks about my art that was included in the show. I mentioned my home town and my high school classmates whose names are on The Vietnam Wall.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/11/target-gallery-burke-lake-all-in-one-day Sat, 10 Nov 2018 17:08:16 GMT
Time Flies https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/11/time-flies I said last week I was going to change my website...sigh...I'm just starting. Time does fly...as an example, I was going through old galleries and found this image, an image I'm quite fond of because of the built-in drama of the water under the calm of the bridge and landscape. When I looked at the date of the photo...I was taken aback because I took it seven years ago! Aug 19, 2011, in Sioux Falls, SD. These are the falls which is the reason for the name of the city. Time flies.

  

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) sioux falls https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/11/time-flies Wed, 07 Nov 2018 19:30:27 GMT
Coopers Rock West Virginia https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/10/coopers-rock-west-virginia Over the past few weeks, I've looked back at my work and re-imagined what I must have been thinking or humming as I brought the images into my camera. This retrospective exercise has given me an opportunity to review some images I thought inconsequential when I first looked at them on my computer. I don't think the photos are any better than what they were years ago, but I do believe that perhaps I didn't recognize them as part of a style that I would grow into as I mellowed and focused. Over the next few days, I will redo my website emphasizing this style I've grown into...doesn't mean that this will be only thing I do...but, my eye will be temporarily (ah...temporary could be four to eight years, you know) looking for similar moods and songs. "Penny Lane" is in my ears and in my eyes. A cloudy, rainy, windy day at Coopers Rock...makes me wonder if this is the Hundred Acre Wood.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) Coopers Mountains overlook https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/10/coopers-rock-west-virginia Tue, 30 Oct 2018 16:17:50 GMT
The Target Gallery https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/10/the-target-gallery This morning was the first day of Target Gallery's "Art of Armistice" exhibit which shows through December 2. A variety of media show the many perspectives of war and "after war." My piece is at the back of the studio on the right, in a small alcove. Sculptures, paintings, printings, and photographs make up a relatively small but impactful story. I am happy to have been selected as one of the exhibitors. This is the photo they chose.

The Vietnam WallI Touch, I Remember.The Vietnam Wall

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) names touching the wall Vietnam Wall https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/10/the-target-gallery Sat, 27 Oct 2018 15:27:39 GMT
The Lake https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/10/the-lake There's something compelling about water...especially in the fog. This is Burke Lake, VA on a winter morning. I've been on the road and shooting quite a bit, that's why I've been sort of scarce! 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) fog lake https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/10/the-lake Fri, 26 Oct 2018 13:32:26 GMT
On the mountain https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/9/on-the-mountain I was in Charlottesville, VA this weekend. A friend suggested I head for Carter Mountain Orchard to get the best views (and great apples). Saturday afternoon was a glorious day and off I went to the orchard on top of the mountain. Well, it was me and hundreds of others!!! Lots & lots of people and everyone seemed to be having an awesome time. They had hard apple cider, beer, and apple slushies and all sorts of other apple stuff. And pumpkins, and...well stuff. Apples everywhere. Grape vines in the distance. And the place overlooked all of Charlottesville. I wandered about talking with folks and enjoying the festival-like atmosphere. A family (below) asked me to take some photos for them on their phones. We talked for a while and...small world...they were also from Northern Virginia!! I took one photo of them and then more of the view below although most people were behind us in the barn. A fun day!

Fellow NOVA visitors on a mountaintop close to Charlottesville, VAFellow NOVA visitors on a mountaintop orchard close to Charlottesville, VAFellow NOVA visitors on a mountaintop close to Charlottesville, VA

View of Charlottesville, VA from Carter Mountain orchardView of Charlottesville, VA from Carter Mountain orchardView of Charlottesville, VA from Carter Mountain orchard

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) charlottesville mountain orchard va https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/9/on-the-mountain Sun, 30 Sep 2018 21:09:45 GMT
Trains!!! And the B&O Railroad Museum https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/9/trains Pouring rain yesterday which made my trip to Baltimore a little difficult but the destination was inside and so a perfect outing. AND, I love trains so this was the cat's meow. (Ooooo, nostalgia alert) I did a way too brief walkabout in the B&O Railroad Museum both inside and out. I've been there before and I will go again and again and again. History abounds and it's American history and is really the foundation of how America moved west and became an industrial and agricultural powerhouse...RAIL! 

The first image is a Hudson Steam Locomotive that was built in 1926...it looked like the steam locomotive in the second image!! But...the railroad industry was worried about the "new" airlines getting started so in 1946 they covered this locomotive in bright "modern, sleek" looking steel sheathing so that it could compete with the airlines for "modern" travel. Not too long afterwards, steam engines gave way to diesels. This is a way, way cool place.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) engines museum rail steam https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/9/trains Tue, 25 Sep 2018 23:07:19 GMT
Alexandria Art Festival https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/9/alexandria-art-festival I must be turning into a bit of a curmudgeon. Kelsey and I went to breakfast in Old Town with our friend Bob. Afterwards we walked two blocks of the Art Festival and enjoyed the art and talking with some of the artists. However, grumble...grumble...grumble...our parking time only allowed about an hour and was not extendable and so my pace was WAY, WAY too fast.

I was pleased to see lots of aluminum photographs...something that wasn't an East Coast thing until relatively recently...that is, compared to the West Coast.  Lots more painters this year which I was happy to see. One of them was doing a painting in front of his stand.

Did I mention that my pace was rushed? Sigh. Next year!!

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) alexandria art https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/9/alexandria-art-festival Sat, 22 Sep 2018 18:07:40 GMT
Harvest at Paradise Springs Winery https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/9/harvest-at-paradise-springs-winery Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit Paradise Springs Winery during harvest!! They started working shortly after the sun peeked over the treetops when the dew was heavy and the air relatively cool. Each grape bunch was individually cut from the vine and then gently placed in bright yellow tubs. Despite the early hour, everyone was smiling, laughing and enjoying the time...except perhaps the winemaker who is very focused at this time of the year because of the many harvest events, poor 2018 weather, and the current impact of Hurricane Florence on harvest operations.

Paradise Springs is a little bit off the beaten path but this Virginia gem is well worth the short drive from Clifton. The surroundings are peaceful...almost Walden Pond-like, quiet and...well, energizing. The people are friendly, fun and VERY knowledgable about wine. Oh...and the wine, exquisite!! Which is why I really appreciate the winemaker's focus!!!

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) harvest Paradise Springs Winery https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/9/harvest-at-paradise-springs-winery Fri, 21 Sep 2018 12:28:43 GMT
Oak Hill Cemetery https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/9/oak-hill-cemetery I went out this morning to Oak Hill Cemetery in DC...it was sooooo hot! An interesting place that's been there a long time. Because of the heat and tropical humidity, I saw only one tiny corner so I'll go back. I look at the headstones and wonder what they were like!

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) cemetery https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/9/oak-hill-cemetery Wed, 05 Sep 2018 18:36:32 GMT
Hot Weather https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/9/hot-weather It seems that I am really not a hot weather person. This leads me to the conclusion that I should live in a more temperate climate...but, egads, where is that?? Some would say Oregon or Washington but for a variety of reasons, they are out of the question. The other side of the coin is snow...I really don't like snow either. Have I mentioned snakes or mosquitos?

Bottom line, I really haven't "been" anyplace for the last few days. When I head out, I'm usually ending in some sort of medical facility for tests or poking or 20 questions. I try to drag my camera with me to get some snaps...postcards you might call them. This is a shot from the Mosaic green.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/9/hot-weather Sun, 02 Sep 2018 10:15:36 GMT
B&O Railroad Museum https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/8/b-o-railroad-museum Several months ago I went to the B&O Museum. The place was amazing...amazing because they have real locomotives from the steam days and the diesel days and they are massive. What used to keep America going...that's the train. In fact, the rail was really what ignited the migration westward. Growing up in South Dakota, we depended on the railroad for so many things. Most of the rail is gone now or a shadow of what it was 50 years ago. I really enjoyed this place and will go back again this fall.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) museum rail trains https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/8/b-o-railroad-museum Thu, 16 Aug 2018 13:03:36 GMT
Ron Hicks Project https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/8/ron-hicks-project A couple of weeks ago I went to the Forklift First Friday Festival and listened to this awesome band, The Ron Hicks Project. To say that they made some truly magic music would be an understatement of Biblical Proportions, they had the place rockin'!!  They are playing at the Blues Festival at the Ritchie Coliseum on November 10!!

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) band jazz https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/8/ron-hicks-project Tue, 14 Aug 2018 15:24:20 GMT
Tysons Corner https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/8/tysons-corner I'm not able to get out for a while and so am looking back at past photos to convert to high contrast black and white. These are some I took while walking among new buildings in the Tysons Corner area. That place is growing super fast especially now that the metro is there and if Amazon would pick that particular "corridor" of the area, wow, gridlock!

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) corner tysons virginia https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/8/tysons-corner Sun, 12 Aug 2018 20:20:01 GMT
Community Forklift https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/8/community-forklift Last night I went to Community Forklift's First Friday! They stay open late, have a live band, food, a pop up bar, special market sales from local folks, and a sale on everything they have! They do this the first Friday of every month from May through September so you have time to attend one more. They're in business for a great cause, they have LOTS and LOTS of very useful stuff and the First Friday thing is just fun!!! I was there early...heavy rain and terrible rainy-day traffic going through DC...so there weren't a lot of people, although more were coming in as I was leaving. Just a fun evening. These are a few of the shots of folks I met and things I saw.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/8/community-forklift Sat, 04 Aug 2018 20:05:04 GMT
DC Walkabout https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/7/dc-walkabout I was taking a class from Greg Holden of Capital Photography Center in downtown DC. He was teaching "Seeing in Black and White" which was a mix of lecture, discussion, and then, he went with us to the street. We visited Lafayette Park just across from the Whitehouse to experiment with finding the right subjects and content for B&W photos. I think I took a fairly even mix of people and things but these five rose to the top and they are all of people. I'll post more in the days to come of buildings and objects but thought these people were quite notable.

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) dc faces https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/7/dc-walkabout Sat, 28 Jul 2018 21:36:51 GMT
Loudoun County Fair https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/7/loudoun-county-fair The rain paused!! So off to Loudoun County for their fair. Admittedly, the rain from the last few days has made some of the grounds kind of muddy...well...really muddy. The folks that were in charge of the fair were doing their best to haul old coal or gravel in so that the mud was less muddy. The rides, ferris wheel, etc., weren't open yet so not many kids were around. Except at the livestock barns where the 4h-ers were completely out and having lots of fun. It took me back 50+ years to the South Dakota State fair. I had fun!

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) animals county fair https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/7/loudoun-county-fair Wed, 25 Jul 2018 20:33:19 GMT
Still Raining!! https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/7/still-raining It's wet out! I was heading for Huntley Meadows Park early this morning but the deluge discouraged me! So I did some light painting with old books and old cameras...a great rainy day project.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) light painting https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/7/still-raining Mon, 23 Jul 2018 22:37:52 GMT
Rainy Day Photo https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/7/rainy-day-photo The day is wet, very wet, and apparently this UK-like weather will continue for the next week. That's encouraged me to stay inside so I don't melt or rust away. I was inspired to do a traditional "Still Life" but I discovered that i don't have a very good relationship with fruit and kitchen utensils. I chose to work with books instead although I did leave in a flower. The light wasn't perfect and I had to use a several second exposure to get the shot.

As a side note, the book that's opened is one of the three volume set of "Spencer's History of the United States," which was published in 1866. A "contemporary" history of the Cilvil War.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) books flowers pen https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/7/rainy-day-photo Sat, 21 Jul 2018 16:47:24 GMT
Old Camera https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/7/old-camera My Grandfather Ed Halvorsen was a printer, a newspaperman...a linotype operator! He and my grandmother, Hattie Kelsey Halvorsen (aged 19 & 18), headed for Medicine Hat, Saskatchewan, Canada because he could get decent wages, and in 1909, that was a big deal. He became interested in photography sometime while they lived in Canada and took some photos while they were there...some of which have survived. When they returned to the states, a decade later, they moved back to South Dakota which is where they stayed. Over the years he had several cameras, two of them were handed down to me, this old Kodak Monitor 620 and an Argus. I put two expansion rings on my lens and took this macro shot. I wish I'd been smart enough to ask him about his time in Canada, I know they liked the people. Or...I wish he'd written it down.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) camera kodak https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/7/old-camera Thu, 19 Jul 2018 20:13:12 GMT
One More of Paradise Springs https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/7/one-more-of-paradise-springs I'm told Paradise Springs is a very busy place on the weekends but it was very peaceful when I visited. I took this shot from the old cabin and changed the content by "painting" in blurs and highlights to transform the image into something "painterly." I made some other changes to sort of highlight the ambience and welcoming nature of the vineyard.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) paradise springs vineyard https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/7/one-more-of-paradise-springs Tue, 17 Jul 2018 13:07:31 GMT
Richmond https://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.

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) Old Representatives Room Virginia https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/7/richmond Sat, 14 Jul 2018 18:54:53 GMT
Paradise Springs Winery https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/7/paradise-springs-winery Today I visited Paradise Springs Winery in Clifton, VA, an awesome 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, one of the first 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

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) barrels grapes wine https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/7/paradise-springs-winery Fri, 13 Jul 2018 23:23:06 GMT
Anacostia Watershed https://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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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) anacostia river wetlands https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/7/anacostia-watershed Wed, 11 Jul 2018 23:31:00 GMT
Does No One Print in Color Anymore? https://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

 

 

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) ferry harpers trains https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/7/does-no-one-print-in-color-anymore Sat, 07 Jul 2018 12:42:03 GMT
Way Too Hot https://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.  

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) bridge contrast high https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/7/way-too-hot Tue, 03 Jul 2018 17:32:30 GMT
Not quite sure where to start... https://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

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) antiques pub https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/6/not-quite-sure-where-to-start Fri, 29 Jun 2018 20:57:20 GMT
Antique Store https://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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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) black and white table https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/6/antique-store Fri, 29 Jun 2018 02:22:10 GMT
High Point, North Carolina https://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

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) lake park https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/6/high-point-north-carolina Sun, 24 Jun 2018 10:57:33 GMT
B&O Railroad Museum https://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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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) baltimore museum trains https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/6/b-o-railroad-museum Wed, 20 Jun 2018 17:14:32 GMT
New River https://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

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) radford river https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/6/new-river Mon, 11 Jun 2018 13:06:13 GMT
Draper Mountain https://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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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) mountain scenic view https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/6/draper-mountain Sat, 09 Jun 2018 22:31:12 GMT
The Stone Bridge https://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.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) battlefield bridge bull run https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/6/the-stone-bridge Fri, 08 Jun 2018 11:06:03 GMT
Asheville, North Carolina https://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

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) asheville https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/6/asheville-north-carolina Sun, 03 Jun 2018 22:07:25 GMT
Dusk in Old Town https://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.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) alexandria sailboats https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/5/dusk-in-old-town Wed, 30 May 2018 10:56:08 GMT
Chinatown https://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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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) chinatown dc washington https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/5/chinatown Wed, 30 May 2018 01:38:50 GMT
Into the Woods https://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.

TotemTotemTotem

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) lake tree https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/5/into-the-woods Sat, 26 May 2018 17:21:41 GMT
Sleeping https://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

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) dc homeless in https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/5/sleeping Thu, 24 May 2018 20:45:29 GMT
National Gallery of Art https://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

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) art nga washington https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/5/national-gallery-of-art Wed, 23 May 2018 12:54:14 GMT
The Rain Must Be Clearing https://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

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) accotink lake https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/5/the-rain-must-be-clearing Sat, 19 May 2018 19:00:47 GMT
Rain, Rain, Rain! https://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

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) accotink at dam lake https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/5/rain-rain-rain Fri, 18 May 2018 11:09:14 GMT
National Cathedral https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/5/national-cathedral Last night I returned to the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. I was there to do a video of the Evening Song Concert but I also took some photos of the facility although not as many as last year. The evening was beautiful...great music, awesome weather, smiling people. But then whoosh, I had just finished putting away the equipment and looking around...eerily quiet. So i took this photo looking back into the sanctuary.

Late evening in the National Cathedral.National CathedralLate evening in the National Cathedral.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) cathedral washington https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/5/national-cathedral Sat, 12 May 2018 11:39:44 GMT
Reading & Riding https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/5/reading-riding I continue to experiment with high contrast shots. I noticed this compelling combination of contrasts and concentration while waiting for a metro train a few days ago. The spotlight over her head was of course NOT a coincidence since she needed the light to read. Even when the train came in and she boarded, the book remained in the "reading position" ...now that's affirmative concentration. AND acute environmental awareness...at least I hope so.

 

High Contrast Metro RiderMetro Rider ReaderHigh Contrast Shot

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) metro rider https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/5/reading-riding Mon, 07 May 2018 12:14:25 GMT
C&O Canal https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/5/c-o-canal I go to Glen Echo Park once a week and pass some of the locks on the old C&O Canal. I've always wanted to stop and so did this week. I did not have a great deal of time and so just walked a short distance to "Lock 8" and then down to the Potomac River. I will go back when there's more time, it was a very cool place. These are a couple of shots of the Potomac.

Potomac River from Lock 10 of C&O CanalPotomac River from Lock 10 of C&O CanalPotomac River from Lock 10 of C&O Canal Potomac River from Lock 10 of C&O CanalPotomac River from Lock 10 of C&O CanalPotomac River from Lock 10 of C&O Canal

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) 10 c&o canal from lock of potomac river https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/5/c-o-canal Mon, 07 May 2018 01:14:04 GMT
The Yards Park in Washington, DC https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/5/the-yards-park-in-washington-dc Over the years, since the Washington Nationals Baseball team moved to Southeast DC, the areas on the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers shorelines have changed dramatically. Some would call the change gentrification, others modernization, others....well, you get my drift. The place is way different than it was but still accessible to most. Parks and walkways, and of course the baseball stadium with soccer coming shortly. The Wharf, the Yards, lots of restaurants, clubs, picnic areas, outside recreation, and more. This was taken at the wading pool-waterfall during the week and so there were few people. This one little girl was filled with energy as she raced from one side of the "pond" to the other.

The Yards WaterfallThe Yards WaterfallThe Yards Waterfall in Washington, DC

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) pond waterfall yards https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/5/the-yards-park-in-washington-dc Sat, 05 May 2018 19:31:00 GMT
High Contrast https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/5/high-contrast I'm doing a little exploration...high contrast shots. Of course, today was the kind of day I usually like, sort of cloudy which is usually my favorite kind of weather. But...not with this new idea. I walked all around Union Station and couldn't really "see" the shot or shots that I wanted. I found this one just as I was leaving the local train station. Not perfect...but a start.

Metro RiderMetro RiderMetro Rider

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) contrast high metro of rider shot https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/5/high-contrast Fri, 04 May 2018 21:05:30 GMT
A Bright, Sunny Day https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/4/a-bright-sunny-day I had a few minutes to walkabout in Alexandria. I tried a new technique that uses a fixed manual focus, fixed f/stop, and fixed shutter speed. The idea is to make the photo taking shot almost invisible...no camera adjustments necessary which in theory would give me more time to actually "look" for a photo. I gave it a try and perhaps will try again, but, I wasn't happy with the results, I don't feel these shots are sharp enough!

Seats in the SunSeats in the SunSeats in the Sun Docks and Dove, Alexandria, VADocks and Dove, Alexandria, VADocks and Dove, Alexandria, VA

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) alexandria https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/4/a-bright-sunny-day Sun, 29 Apr 2018 20:15:10 GMT
The Morning Hour(s) https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/4/the-morning-hour-s There's something about the morning hours next to a lake, something... the picture is worth a thousand words, especially this one since I don't seem to be able to put together a coherent description. Quiet. Calm. Potential. Crisp. Clear. Cool. Birds. Promise. 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) burke early fog lake morning https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/4/the-morning-hour-s Sun, 29 Apr 2018 13:31:52 GMT
New System https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/4/new-system I have started using a different system and things are a bit different...well, a LOT different. Consequently my time out shooting has diminished as I watch lots of tutorial video. And, lots of errors, missed twists, missed shots, wrong clicks, "Where Is that Function?" and more. Doesn't really make any difference, just getting out is fun. I'm still working on landscapes. This shot is about an hour after dawn at Burke Lake, the fog is starting to rise off the water and I think these geese might be on a date.

Rising fog at Burke Lake.Rising fog at Burke Lake.Rising fog at Burke Lake.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) burke geese lake northern virginia https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/4/new-system Sat, 28 Apr 2018 22:12:32 GMT
Fells Point Walkabout https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/4/fells-point-walkabout I drove to Fells Point in Baltimore today. Bright sun, few clouds, and not really very busy. I did find lots of people to talk with and some let me take their photos. This was the first day out with this camera system and the learning curve is a little steeper than I had anticipated...but, so far so good.

So...here I am, walking the docks and streets where everyone is going to and fro...all about their business. Since it was high noon, that business was either serving food or eating food or on the way to do that very thing. But then, something different! A young lady working on flower pots, trimming plants, stuffing dirt into trays...all to make a few feet of the sidewalk a cooler looking place. For all I know, she worked for the restaurant next door where I was sitting but many people stopped to chat so maybe she lived there or owned the building or just cared enough to make that twenty feet of sidewalk look better than any other on the block. Cool beans. Fells Point. Baltimore, MDFells Point. Baltimore, MDFells Point. Baltimore, MD

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/4/fells-point-walkabout Thu, 26 Apr 2018 21:12:51 GMT
Back to the Bridge https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/4/back-to-the-bridge Doing hair on the PotomacDoing hair on the PotomacDoing hair on the Potomac i'm still developing my mini portfolio for the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and so returned there early this morning. I wasn't able to see any "inspirational" photos but did find some other things to shoot. I thought the idea of doing hair on a fishing pier on the Potomac was really cool and they didn't mind that I'd taken their picture. The creepy, alien looking plant is actually the burst of leaves starting to bloom from a sugargum tree. The bridge...well, it's the bridge...I really like the darn thing but need a couple more interesting photos. I'll keep going back until my eye and my brain cooperate.

Sugargum Tree LeafSugargum Tree LeafSugargum Tree Leaf

Sugargum Tree LeafSugargum Tree LeafSugargum Tree Leaf

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) woodrow wilson bridge https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/4/back-to-the-bridge Sat, 21 Apr 2018 17:23:17 GMT
Doing What He Otter (Ouch) https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/4/doing-what-he-otter-ouch One more picture from yesterday...an otter!!! I did not know that Huntley Meadows had otters...I know that beavers are EVERYWHERE because, after all, that is what created this great wetlands park, and I know that there are muskrats because I've seem the furry little beasts...but otters!?! This one popped up in a bush not too, too far away with a fish in his mouth and, I imagined, a twinkle in his eye. He looked right at me and then seemed to pose all the while I was madly changing my camera settings from timed exposures to "normal,"...I did not want to only capture a blur!  He posed for perhaps a minute and then headed off. Then he stopped and looked at me some more, then a little further, then stopped again, and then under and away. Fun!

Otter at Huntley Meadows ParkOtter at Huntley Meadows ParkOtter at Huntley Meadows Park

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) huntley meadows otter https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/4/doing-what-he-otter-ouch Wed, 18 Apr 2018 11:14:34 GMT
Another Early Morning https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/4/another-early-morning Today I went to Huntley Meadows Park and was rewarded with a stunning sunrise meeting sparkling water reflecting blue from the brilliant morning sky. The sun had actually been up for a few minutes when I arrived at the lake. The trees were bright golden, like shining brass and the water was Banff Lake-like from the reflecting sky. Amazing light that had a few low stratus clouds. During the next three hours I took advantage of the changing light to tell the Park's springtime story. Truly a glorious morning!

This first shot is an example...the sun is rising over the trees behind me painting the forest on the other side of the lake a brassie gold color, but, the shadows of the trees behind me are literally splitting the lakes reflection into two bands of color, the darker from the fleeting shadows that will soon be gone as the sun finally drives the dawn away.

Huntley Meadows Park at SunriseHuntley Meadows Park at SunriseHuntley Meadows Park at Sunrise

 The next two were taken about 20 minutes after sunrise. The golden shades are disappearing but the winds haven't started yet so the waters are picking up the bright blue sky.

Huntley Meadows Park at SunriseHuntley Meadows Park at SunriseHuntley Meadows Park at Sunrise

 

Huntley Meadows Park at SunriseHuntley Meadows Park at SunriseHuntley Meadows Park at Sunrise

Two hours after sunrise and things are beginning to change. The temperature is above 40 degrees and the wind is starting to blow.

Huntley Meadows Park at SunriseHuntley Meadows Park at SunriseHuntley Meadows Park at Sunrise

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) huntley meadows park https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/4/another-early-morning Wed, 18 Apr 2018 00:32:23 GMT
DC - A Bird's Eye View https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/4/dc---a-birdseye-view Well, perhaps not a bird's eye view but not something normally seen. This was taken on Saturday the 14th and I'm at the top of a hotel just south of the Potomac River looking over the 14th St bridge. The bridge is actually several bridges all clustered around the 14th St entrance into DC, hence, the collective name, "14th St Bridge." The shot was taken about an hour before sunset; lots of cars headed into town, perhaps to see the cherry blossoms in bloom since Saturday was going to be the last day before a period of colder weather and heavy rain. From the left side of the photo, the landmarks are, Washington Memorial, National Cathedral (way in the back sticking up high on the horizon), the old Post Office Pavilion (now a hotel), the Jefferson Memorial (the white dome at the far end of the 14th St Bridge), and the Capitol Building on the far right. Cool city.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) 14th across bridge dc st viewed washington https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/4/dc---a-birdseye-view Mon, 16 Apr 2018 13:17:19 GMT
Cherry Blossoms https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/4/cherry-blossoms I was up early this morning...but not on purpose, Kyle had practice at 6:30 and so I thought that since I was up, I might as well head for DC and the Cherry Blossom festival. The cold weather has kept the blossoms from fading at the normal pace so despite the fact that they've been blossoming for quite a while, they still look good. I had my parking all planned out; I'd go into town on the Memorial Bridge and turn right by the Lincoln Memorial to get on the Rock Creek Park Trail road, drive to the end of that road which would put me right next to the Jefferson Memorial and the Tidal Basin. And..at 6:30 in the morning, who else would be up?!? What I had NOT counted on was that this was THE day of the Cherry Blossom parade and the big vendor gathering. The Rock Creek Trail had been turned into one way...and not the way I wanted. And there were many, many people and CARS! I circled around to Hains Point Park and fortunately, the masses had not yet discovered the parking lots underneath the 14th Street Bridge which are only a couple of hundred yards from the Tidal Basin.

The sun was well past "up" by the time I got to the Basin and although the walkways weren't jammed, there were many, many people. In fact, I found the people more interesting than the cherry blossoms. The weather was perfect, the people were laughing and smiling, and EVERYONE was taking pictures. Me, too.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) blossoms cherry dc washington https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/4/cherry-blossoms Sat, 14 Apr 2018 16:26:40 GMT
Teddy Roosevelt Island https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/4/teddy-roosevelt-island Charge! Or at least that's what Teddy might have said as he started across the long foot bridge to the island that houses his "memorial." Memorial is in quotes because I don't know if the fountains will ever run again. Supposedly a renovation effort was undertaken several years ago but then the earthquake hit which complicated things, and, so no fountains or ponds at the memorial. But...that's not why we really went to the island. We walked down to the southern tip which is under the Memorial Bridge. The tide was out so we were able to walk "off the trail" to the shore...such as it is. From there we had a reasonable view of the Kennedy Center and the Lincoln Memorial. I admit that my hip and knees were not happy with my small walk...snarling...yep, that's what my hip was doing.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) memorial bridge roosevelt island https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/4/teddy-roosevelt-island Fri, 13 Apr 2018 20:59:52 GMT
Sunrise at Huntley Meadows Park https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/4/sunrise-at-huntley-meadows-park I decided that if I'm going to do sunrise photos, I'd like to do them at a fairly reasonable hour, summer hours will make getting up just a little tougher than it is right now. I was on the road about 5:30ish without a real goal in mind. I really wanted to head downtown for the cherry blossoms but didn't want to get in the middle of the rush hour traffic and so I headed to Huntley Meadows. I was there well before sunrise, in fact, I don't think it was supposed to be open but I was not the first one to set up a tripod. The sunrise was kind of meh but the park was really gorgeous. Although the water level is low, the sense of spring and growing is everywhere and the vocal birds especially let me know that they were frisky and into this time of year. Although I came for landscapes, I spent much of my time with this heron who was quite patient with me. A good morning...now for a nap.

Heron diving for breakfast at Huntley Meadows ParkHeron diving for breakfast at Huntley Meadows ParkHeron diving for breakfast at Huntley Meadows Park Heron with fish for breakfast at Huntley Meadows ParkHeron with fish for breakfast at Huntley Meadows ParkHeron with fish for breakfast at Huntley Meadows Park Heron seeming to wave goodbye at Huntley Meadows ParkHeron seeming to wave goodbye at Huntley Meadows ParkHeron seeming to wave goodbye at Huntley Meadows Park Low water at Huntley Meadows ParkLow water at Huntley Meadows ParkLow water at Huntley Meadows Park

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) heron huntley meadows park https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/4/sunrise-at-huntley-meadows-park Thu, 12 Apr 2018 21:01:05 GMT
Landscape https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/4/landscape I am not very experienced with landscape photography and think I should up my game a little. I will go out more and try to pay attention to the things that make such photos worthwhile. I admit that I think I might enjoy street photography a bit more but I'm willing to give this a try. I have a great deal to learn since perspectives and light are quite different. Light and object reflections from water instead of windows, shadows from rocks and trees instead of buildings and cars, and hidden dangers from lions and tigers and bears (oh my!) instead of racing bikes and autos. But, I'll strap on my hiking boots, fire up my GPS, and head out to learn. This is a shot taken across a local lake from ankle level with a long exposure (1/15 sec), high f/stop (f/22) and very low ISO (64) Burke Lake MarinaBurke Lake MarinaBurke Lake Marina .

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) burke lake marina virginia https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/4/landscape Tue, 10 Apr 2018 22:23:58 GMT
Woodrow Wilson Bridge https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/4/woodrow-wilson-bridge I have many pictures of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge from down below but none with an upper view. Hoping for a partly cloudy sunrise, I headed for the bridge this morning when it was still quite dark. I swear my titanium hip was snarling at me as I got out of the car from a parking place just two blocks from the bridge. I had no idea what the walkway was like but had visions of somehow climbing up on a fence that was on the walkway over the bridge at Washington Street. But no, the fence is high and it's mounted on an even higher wall so there was no getting to a bridge view from the street.  I headed across the bridge. The high sound wall eventually changes to just a railing and then a bit further out I was rewarded with both traffic access as well as a great view of the Potomac, Alexandria, and DC. Sunrise came...but with no sun...way too many clouds. The total walk was just a bit over two miles, now I'm ready for a nap.

Docks at Old Down AlexandriaDocks at Old Down AlexandriaDocks at Old Down Alexandria

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/4/woodrow-wilson-bridge Fri, 06 Apr 2018 13:31:18 GMT
Wandering In Loudoun County https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/4/wandering-in-loudoun-county We drove to Lovettsville, VA for a lunch and were very, very happy with the meal. The place is called the Market Table Bistro and uses mostly locally sourced stuff including a lot from the owner's garden. After a super meal we headed to Point of Rocks, MD, for a very quick side trip. Way, way out in the middle of nowhere you would think, and then you run into a parking lots that's jammed with cars...the MARC train stops there for commuters into DC!! The first shot is from the Maryland shore looking toward Virginia and the bridge that connects the two commonwealths. From there we headed back into Virginia and stopped at the Old Lucketts Store, a really "hip" place where you can find an awesome assortment of antiques, home decorating ideas, and tons and tons of STUFF! It's a great place to visit. The last two shots are from Lucketts.

Bridge between Maryland & Virginia at Point of the Rocks, MDBridge between Maryland & Virginia at Point of the Rocks, MDBridge between Maryland & Virginia at Point of the Rocks, MD

Bike Fun at Lucketts StoreBike Fun at Lucketts StoreBike Fun at Lucketts Store

Studebaker, the king of the hill in the 50s!Studebaker, the king of the hill in the 50s!Studebaker, the king of the hill in the 50s!

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) antiques lucketts of point rocks https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/4/wandering-in-loudoun-county Thu, 05 Apr 2018 21:48:44 GMT
Photograph on Display in the Art League, Torpedo Factory https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/4/photograph-on-display-in-the-art-league-torpedo-factory One of my photographs, "Chicago Shoreline" was juried into the April Exhibit at the Art League in the Torpedo Factory. I took the photo on a windy day (surprise) with lots of interesting clouds. I had originally had it as part of my "Near the Water" collection that was to be in the book but this was so different from ocean beaches and sunsets. I'm happy they chose the photo, if you get to Old Town this month, stop in the gallery and take a look!

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) chicago shoreline https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/4/photograph-on-display-in-the-art-league-torpedo-factory Tue, 03 Apr 2018 10:55:56 GMT
Happy Easter! https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/4/happy-easter What a wonderful weekend! And the weather was great, too. At least yesterday the skies were clear, the temperatures mild, and the wind...well, it wasn't South Dakota strength, but there was a light breeze that encouraged thousands to "go fly a kite" on the Mall!! A friend and I went down and walked the Mall and the area around the Washington Monument. Lots of smiles, laughter, and most of all...KITES! Everyone had one, everyone desperately wanted the kites to fly even without a lot of wind, so lots of running and yelling and encouraging and "TRY AGAIN!"

There were some kites that were "professional" but most were store bought. And they flew quite well and got just as many laughs and crashes. It was a good day. The sun was a bit bright and the walk was a bit long...but I had fun!

FLY! FLY! FLY!FLY! FLY! FLY!FLY! FLY! FLY! Kites on the Mall in Washington, DCKites on the Mall in Washington, DCKites on the Mall in Washington, DC

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) dc kites mall washington https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/4/happy-easter Sun, 01 Apr 2018 13:03:14 GMT
Morning Mist https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/3/morning-mist Our weather is turning warm which was a shock to all of the cold air, ground, and pavement in the area. The good news for me was that usually when this happens, the fog is everywhere with tendrils creeping into trees, buildings, bridges, etc., that you don't normally get to see during "stable weather" times of the year. So...off I went just before sunrise to visit my local lake in hopes of finding a mysterious mist. I was a bit underwhelmed probably because my expectations were too high, sigh. The mist was in the air but not thick and certainly no tendrils or mystery. The ceiling was well over 500 feet and visibility was at least a mile so things just weren't all that foggy. But the moisture in the air was dripping off this dying flower (in the first shot). Looking back over the lake the empty dock and the empty train trestle did match the mood of the high mist. A little further on was the carousel with hand carved horses from the 1930s. Empty, too.

Morning fog drips from flower at Lake Accotink.Morning fog drips from flower at Lake Accotink.Morning fog drips from flower at Lake Accotink. Lake Accotink dockLake Accotink dockLake Accotink dock Lake Accotink train trestle and park benchLake Accotink train trestle and park benchLake Accotink train trestle and park bench Lake Accotink CarouselLake Accotink CarouselLake Accotink Carousel

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) accotink carousel lake https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/3/morning-mist Thu, 29 Mar 2018 13:57:48 GMT
Back To The Bridge https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/3/back-to-the-bridge I admit that I am fascinated by the Woodrow WIlson Bridge, a veritable engineering miracle that is not only functional but also artistic. I was out early today to get to the side of the bridge that I am normally NOT on. Consequently I discovered some old concrete and iron things that were like sidewalks heading out to the river from a couple of blocks inland. I found a sign that explained them and it was really kind of cool. During World War I the US built a shipyard at Jones Point that included five huge "shipways" which would have been sort of like dry docks upon which they built the ships. The concrete things that I'd found were actually tracks for the huge cranes they used to build the ships. During the day (100 years ago), the place had 7,000 employees with lots of rail, construction equipment, and an eating place that could seat 2,000 at a time. Now, the grounds are quiet except for the constant hum of traffic overhead, the barks of dogs running for fun with their masters, and the slap, slap, slap of joggers' shoes. But I also found Tim who finds time to relax from his hectic work schedule by fishing (and returning) on the Potomac. A good day.

Early morning shadows under the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.Early morning shadows under the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.Early morning shadows under the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) fishing potomac woodrow wilson bridge https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/3/back-to-the-bridge Sat, 24 Mar 2018 15:09:08 GMT
Pretending It's Spring https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/3/pretending-its-spring I have discovered that snow makes me an inside person, at least for now. I am inclined to find photos that remind me that just short days ago, the cherry blossoms were hinting of blooms and that irises were popping up everywhere. Jones Park is under the Woodrow Wilson bridge and offers a perspective of the bridge that's not available anywhere else. The park also has fishing piers, boat docks, jogging paths, sports courts, and more. And...LOTS of shade!  The constant hum of the traffic above is cool. But not cool enough for me to head there in the snow. Which, I'm told, should be melted by tomorrow!

Woodrow Wilson Bridge viewed from Jones Park, Alexandria, VAWoodrow Wilson Bridge viewed from Jones Park, Alexandria, VAWoodrow Wilson Bridge viewed from Jones Park, Alexandria, VA

 

In Wonder under the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, Alexandria, VAIn Wonder under the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, Alexandria, VAIn Wonder under the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, Alexandria, VA

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) woodrow wilson bridge https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/3/pretending-its-spring Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:43:24 GMT
Spring https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/3/spring Today is the first day of spring and I started the day with a very spring-like attitude!! But then...I looked outside and saw the rain. Ever the optimist wannabe I thought, well, April showers, etc., etc., etc., and so I was not concerned. My bride told me that we were under a winter storm watch.  Off to a Photo Roundtable class where we discussed photo sets...with more talk of spring!!! With flowers and bees and birds and gentle waters what more could you ask for on this first day of a new season? And then I looked at my phone. Forecasts for up to 12 inches of snow, schools being cancelled, roads closed... Spring? So I went back and looked for signs of spring on my computer and found some from a walkabout that a friend and I did at Kenilworth Gardens last summer. Hope springs eternal!!

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) bee dc flower gardens kenilworth washington https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/3/spring Tue, 20 Mar 2018 22:01:41 GMT
Double Exposure https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/3/double-exposure I took my toy film camera out a couple of weeks ago to shoot the small train station at Burke Lake. The camera has all sorts of "flaws" that include light leaks, poor focus, wrinkling, etc., and so there are times when I wonder what the heck I'm doing, but...I'm doing. The "works" of the camera are very basic, there is little automation which can be kind of cool. So for instance when I wanted to try an artsy double exposure, all I had to do was NOT wind the camera to the next film number. This is black and white film. This is a shot from the outside of the platform looking to the tracks and then another from the inside of the platform standing on the tracks. Sort of gives the shot a "Day of Yesteryear" mood.

Burke Lake Train StationBurke Lake Train StationBurke Lake Train Station - Double Exposure

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/3/double-exposure Tue, 13 Mar 2018 14:29:46 GMT
Jason! https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/3/jason I had a fun photoshoot with an up and coming actor this past weekend. He was easy to work with and naturally flowed into the "looks" he needs for his portfolio. He seemed to naturally know what he wanted the camera to capture and that made things very easy on both of us. What is truly interesting is his ability to look a range of ages...from 13 to 23. I am going to keep my eye out for this young man; I forecast that he will go a long way. And...the last time I did headshots for a Jason many, many years ago, well, now he's doing Toyota commercials!!!  

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) headshots jason portfolio https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/3/jason Mon, 12 Mar 2018 17:19:46 GMT
The "Weekend" https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/3/the-weekend We visited friends on the weekend who live and work on a farm that's not too, too far away. The weekend was a birthday celebration with lots of family, friends, laughter, and awesome food. I put the word "Weekend" in quotes because on a farm or ranch, there really isn't such a thing as a weekend. The animals will not take a vacation from being cared for, the crops won't put their growth on hold while the family goes to DisneyLand, and well, time and nature keep on marchin' on. I am guessing that you know it's a weekend because all of a sudden kids are hanging around and even helping.  I rode along while the cattle and horses were fed and took photos. I did NOT ride a horse although there was some very short horse walkabouts by some of the family. I very much enjoyed the opportunity and will go back soon!

The bull shown in the shot below was in a pasture by himself which, based on my somewhat dimmed childhood memories, was an entirely proper thing to have. Not just to separate him from the cows but to keep him separate from people since my memory tells me that bulls often don't like competition or company. Kelsey tells me that I've seen too many movies and that bulls won't really charge you. Perhaps she's right, the bull only noticed that we left food and could have cared less that I was there taking photos (standing on the ATV). But...I'm not changing my memories or my normal reluctance to greet a bull up close and personal without a fence between me and him. I mean, if I am wrong and she is right it just requires a longer lens...but, on the other hand...if I am right and she is wrong...well...that is not a movie I want to star in.

Getting ready to turnout Frog after a light breakfast!Getting ready to turnout Frog after a light breakfast!Getting ready to turnout Frog after a light breakfast!

Hilltop morning.Hilltop morning.Hilltop morning.

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The bull coming down for breakfast.The bull coming down for breakfast.The bull coming down for breakfast. Two of the horses wondering what the city kid wanted. Two of the horses wondering what the city kid wanted. Two of the horses wondering what the city kid wanted.

Early morning ride!Early morning ride!Early morning ride!

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) bull farm horses stable https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/3/the-weekend Wed, 07 Mar 2018 16:00:45 GMT
Library of Congress https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/3/library-of-congress In a world of cool buildings, this one, this one, really takes the cake. I love libraries but didn't actually sense that this was a library since we weren't allowed into the "stacks." And we couldn't go into the "Reading Room" which is reserved for the serious researchers or congress and its staff.  But we could walk about in areas that cried out for our attention with their soaring ceilings, vivid paintings, and patterns, and all of the marble in the walls, columns and floors. Very cool. Millions of books, but not in a place where I could actually touch one.

Middle section of the soaring Reading Room.Middle section of the soaring Reading Room.Middle section of the soaring Reading Room.

Great Hallway ceilingGreat Hallway ceilingGreat Hallway ceiling

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) art ceilings hallways library https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/3/library-of-congress Tue, 06 Mar 2018 21:12:54 GMT
Sally Mann https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/3/sally-mann Sally Mann is a Virginia photographer famed for her photos of life in Virginia and the south. Diane and I went to her exhibit today at the National Gallery of Art and spent a couple of hours looking at her powerful photographs. In the 80s through the 90s she photographed her family in their day-to-day lives. She did, however, apparently spend a considerable amount of time posing them to get "just the right look" of those daily lives. She was using an 8x10 camera...which is a HUGE box! In the late 90s, she began experimenting with older technology and really old cameras. Her tour through the south had her using this old technology that created photos that look rough, that is, they looked "imperfect" which is exactly the look she wanted. She thinks that time has stopped in the south and if not stopped...perhaps "Stilled." Her work is a combination of photography and narrative. This is a shot of Diane looking at one of Mann's works. If you have a chance, you really should head for the National Gallery of Art, head for the West Wing, ground floor...you will find yourself immersed in a little of America's Story.

Taking in Sally Mann's ArtTaking in Sally Mann's ArtTaking in Sally Mann's Art

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/3/sally-mann Mon, 05 Mar 2018 23:54:03 GMT
Meridian Park, Washington, DC https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/2/meridian-park-washington-dc Yesterday I gathered up my stuff and with some friends headed for Meridian Park in DC to capture some photos and enjoy the weather. Well, the weather was awesome...more than 60 degrees and no clouds. The no clouds part made the light a little harsh but it was still fun. We walked down to U Street after a while and enjoyed the hubbub of city life. My hip was not at all pleased. 

Elementary School Kids Posing for Their TeacherElementary School Kids Posing for Their TeacherElementary School Kids Posing for Their Teacher

 

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Enjoying the sunshine!Enjoying the sunshine!Enjoying the sunshine!

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) park https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/2/meridian-park-washington-dc Wed, 28 Feb 2018 19:52:01 GMT
Another Heron https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/2/another-heron I was waiting on the shore for the wind to calm because I was hoping to capture the vertical reflections of the trees in the still water with the lone heron wading in the shallows. As I was ever so patiently waiting for the wind to stop and the waters to still, another heron flew into my space. I took the shot...look just above the heron's head and  you'll see his twin, head tucked, flying by in the wind. But...as shallow as it was, he was still a long way from shore and so this isn't my longest lens and I could not capture the detail I wanted. This is a half crop!

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) birds burke herons lake https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/2/another-heron Tue, 27 Feb 2018 02:13:08 GMT
Fog https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/2/fog I was up and so thought I'd head out for a sunrise shoot...but was met by fog as soon as I opened the door. And, it was a dense fog and that led me to take the back roads to Alexandria. I get a little nervous about drivers who believe fog makes you special and invulnerable. The fog had started to lift by the time I got to the Potomac. I walked around the docks a bit and got these shots close to the south end of the "walk" area. My hip was not happy at all with my exercise. It was a gloomy morning and my hip matched the moroseness of the atmosphere.

This first shot is the excavation for a new building of high end condos. The condo office building will be in the two story dark building which was the original port management building. The taller, lighter building is the new hotel which is actually a couple of years old now. This entire area is being renovated, just a short time ago, the USCGC Eagle docked here...I am not sure what's going to happen to the docks.

Excavation for new condos. Old shipyard building is the two story dark brick building. The taller one in the back is the new hotel.Excavation for new condos. Old shipyard building is the two story dark brick building. The taller one in the back is the new hotel.Excavation for new condos. Old shipyard building is the two story dark brick building. The taller one in the back is the new hotel. Renovation of old docking area. Newer, high end townhomes in the fog just across the small bay.Renovation of old docking area. Newer, high end townhomes in the fog just across the small bay.Renovation of old docking area. Newer, high end townhomes in the fog just across the small bay.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) alexandria potomac renovations https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/2/fog Sun, 25 Feb 2018 18:46:33 GMT
Katsucon 2018 https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/2/katsucon-2018 And what?!? oh, what is Katsucon you say? Well, it's a three day Anime Convention that's held EVERY YEAR at the Gaylord National Harbor resort on Presidents Day weekend. We found this completely by mistake...I was on the hunt for sweeping ceilings and remembered the atrium at Gaylords so off we went. Driving in the National Harbor streets imagine our surprise when we saw a large guy dressed in a frilly skirt with a stuffed pink cat on top of his backpack. Hmmm. And then a woman with a fluffy long white tail and long ears. And an elf! And then we rounded the corner by Gaylords and I thought we'd landed on the set of an alien movie. I could not wait to park!!! Thousands of people were there for the Convention and there were lots and lots of photographers!!

Everyone was friendly, smiling, openly happy about being there in costume. And, Oh. My. God. were there costumes. The only ones not in costume were the photographers and the hotel staff! EVERYONE was happy to let me take their pictures. Well, not everyone. The people modeling costumes for the costume companies were a little abruptly negative but they didn't have the best looks anyway. When I asked to take their photos, folks would smile, hold up a finger to say, "One second, please," and then complete their look (hair, gloves, sword drawn, etc.) and then strike the pose of their character. 

I could have spent all weekend walking around the place, there were some really crazy, cool looks. Of course, we wondered if the guys wearing FBI jackets were actually FBI agents or just another scary costume! Some of the shots I took are on the front page as well as in the portfolio labeled "Projects."

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/2/katsucon-2018 Sat, 17 Feb 2018 15:29:01 GMT
Toy Camera https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/2/toy-camera Prayers for Florida and America. 

I stumbled across a "toy" camera that uses 120 medium format film and also includes a 35mm back, a Lomography BelAir. It's an all plastic, minimalist thing with two interchangeable lenses. Not quite point and shoot because there are two f/stops, f/8 and f/16, and three "focal settings," infinity, and a couple of others. You set the ISO, then pick one of the two f/stops, one of the three focal lengths and snap & wind away. The camera will "adjust" the shutter speed based on your settings. And so why, why oh why would I get such a thing? Well, I'm in the mode of learning how to make better photos and a couple of things have jumped out at me over the last several months...(1) I go too fast, and, (2) I don't go slow enough. In other words, I have a false sense of confidence in my eye and I need to think more before I snap and this camera will help me do that.  

I already have an old Bronica Medium Format that shoots 6x6 so that still begs the question, "Why, oh why..." Well, this one has three "frames" for the back that allow me to shoot 6x6, 6x4 or 6x12. It was the 6x12 format that sent me over the edge...I had to try this! Of course, the film winding does not have automatic stops so if you're shooting the 6x6 or 6x4 you have to look in the small window for the consecutive film numbers, for the 6x12, you look in the little window but you have to skip the odd numbers and stop on the even numbers. Only 6 pictures on a roll of film. This is a little spendy.

These were taken at the Union Station a couple of weeks ago. I couldn't just "snap," I had to think about each one of those settings and how I could adjust. Many of the blog posts about the camera talked about poor results, too dark or too light, which are completely in my control. And then, I had to position myself so that the 6x12 format was optimized, not easy with the tiny little interchangeable viewfinder that comes with each lens. But then, that was the whole idea...stop to think about what I was doing. The pictures aren't great, the format isn't what I'd dreamed about and there will be a next time. But, it's all fun!!

Union Station, Washington, DC taken with a Lomography 6x12 Medium FormatUnion Station, Washington, DCUnion Station, Washington, DC taken with a Lomography 6x12 Medium Format

From Union Station looking toward Capitol, Washington, DC, taken with a Lomography 6x12 Medium FormatFrom Union Station looking toward Capitol, Washington, DCFrom Union Station looking toward Capitol, Washington, DC, taken with a Lomography 6x12 Medium Format

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) medium format union station washington dc https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/2/toy-camera Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:13:23 GMT
Huntley Meadows https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/2/huntley-meadows I did a limpabout in the Fotoforum Class today. I was happy to be out and about but was a little disappointed that my hip would have been happier had I stayed home. Pish posh, say I. I like to think of the outing as "Fun PT" because most of the time, PT is NOT fun. I don't think I walked even a mile so I definitely have some work to do to get back into what poor shape I was in before I entered cyborg state.

The sun was out which made the light rather "harshish" so I had to shadow the plant life. The heron and turtles shot was possible during a brief partial cloud covering, the same bird did a fly by for me in slightly better light conditions but he was a LONG way away. I'm NOT a bird photographer like my friend Chelle so these are at best a work in progress...but, t'was good to get out.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) heron huntley macro meadows https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/2/huntley-meadows Tue, 13 Feb 2018 21:25:00 GMT
Back to the Station! https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/2/back-to-the-station The hubbub of a train station is stimulating, intimidating, and fascinating...a sensory firehose of sight, sound, and smell. Union Station exudes architectural grandeur and majesty celebrated in sweeping features virtually mimicking the trail of the conductor's baton in the grand finale of the "1812 Overture." So much to see, so many to meet, but never enough time.

This is another shot from last week's Union Station walkabout. My bashful nature makes me more of an observer than a participant BUT my camera provides me a bit of a shield and an excuse so I too can hustle and bustle about without the purpose of travel or warmth or business.

I've added a Black & White version of the same photo...which do you like the best??

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) shopping station train union https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/2/back-to-the-station Mon, 12 Feb 2018 15:10:35 GMT
Bridges & Trains https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/2/bridges-trains Cries of "Manifest Destiny" seem to echo in my head whenever I climb aboard a train, and sadly, I don't often have the chance to travel by rail...woe is me. Hah! Growing up in the midwest in the rugged times before cell phones, internet, toll free calls and cheap airfares, the train was the roaring symbol of a nation connected, or at least it was in my mind. Huge trains used to ply the tracks of the Great Plains; once in a while we'd come to a complete stop on a country road, waiting for what seemed like forever for all of the freight cars to pass. We had bridges, too, but quite frankly, not that many. In the eastern half of the state, we had two rivers, the Missouri River and the James River and in places, you could wade across the James. Back in the 50s, you could sometimes even "walk on water" because of the solid waste piled up in the river. Fortunately, the river is clean now and folks in my home town are even expanding the recreational areas next to the river...probably in expectation of the next flood, smile. Someday, someday, someday...I will take a train across the U.S. Someday.

This is a shot I took from a train window a few years ago on a dark, rainy, Winnie-The-Pooh-kind-of-day. The image takes me back, a time machine ride to the 1800s perhaps.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) bridge rail train https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/2/bridges-trains Sat, 10 Feb 2018 13:43:25 GMT
Reaching Out https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/2/reaching-out It's hard to remember what life was like before the World Wide Web. I thought cell phones were amazing. And then,  I thought the internet was amazing, but...now, wow, a cell phone is actually just a small computer with a phone app. Last September, I was in my hometown, Huron, SD, and walked by the old "The AT&T Building." In those days, the telephone was the same as AT&T. When I was a kid, you could look into the halls of that building and see the "Operators" working away, twirling wires, pushing and pulling plugs, and connecting the nation. I am not sure that we even have operators anymore. Probably...but I'm guessing I wouldn't be able to peek into a room and see them working.

The first shot is of an old fashioned switchboard that was in a company in Baltimore. The second shot is an "office phone" from the same period. How many of you had "party lines" when you were growing up? I did...what a challenge!

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) antique phone technology https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/2/reaching-out Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:46:42 GMT
Union Station https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/2/union-station I did a quick walkabout in Union Station yesterday. The weather was chilly and so folks were moving fast to get where they needed to be. Train stations are interesting...the people are much more fascinating and at ease than in an airport. And Union Station has the Bus Depot behind the tracks which adds a completely different dimension to the place. Hustle, bustle, purpose...I wish the rail was a bigger part of our country's life.

Bus Depot in the Union Station parking garageBus Depot in the Union Station parking garageBus Depot in the Union Station parking garage

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) bus station train union https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/2/union-station Wed, 07 Feb 2018 17:18:49 GMT
A New Year...At Last https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/1/a-new-year-at-last The days are getting longer. The Super Bowl is almost here. Christmas trees are on the street. And January First. Ah...signs of spring!! I wish everyone an awesome New Year!!! May all your dark days have bright dawns, your sadnesses have a hand to hold...let's smile this year and resolve to work together to make ALL of our lives a little better! Here's a springtime photo, probably not appreciated by those of you living in Florida or SoCal, but for the rest of us living in the wilds of winter, this is a reminder of things to come. Oh Minnesota, I don't know how you do it.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) bee flower pollen https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2018/1/a-new-year-at-last Mon, 01 Jan 2018 23:32:09 GMT
Nostalgia https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/12/nostalgia 'Tis the Season for so many things and waxing nostalgic is certainly one of them. Memories of my family tend to come to mind...my grandfather Edward Amund Halvorsen was a printer all of his life. He started as a teenager in Springfield, SD, but moved to Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada in about 1907/8. Traveling to Canada with his brand new bride, my grandmother Harriet Kelsey, must have been quite an adventure for a young couple. Grandfather Halvorsen was a linotype operator and worked as a printer in Lethbridge and Medicine Hat until 1919 or so when they returned to the US and settled in Huron, SD. By then they had three kids including my dad. Grandpa worked for the the "Huronite" which is now called the Huron Daily Plainsman. I remember the smell of the presses, the hot lead, the whirring sound of the giant reels of paper spewing out the news. Of course, the linotype has gone the way of the horse drawn buggy and is usually only seen in museums.

The first shot is a recreation of a desk in an early 20th century newspaper office. The second is a shot of linotype "slugs" that have been put into a form called a stick. The stick is the reverse image of what will be printed after ink is rolled on the stick and then pressed against the paper to make the "print."

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) linotype newspaper stick https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/12/nostalgia Sat, 23 Dec 2017 17:36:15 GMT
Olden, Golden Days https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/12/olden-golden-days I'm not mobile at all which gives me way too much time to contemplate the meaning of life...or, review older photos for something I might have missed. I chose the latter and tried some post-processing techniques that highlighted the more interesting components of the shot. 

This first one was taken at Piscataway, a preserved farming homestead in Maryland just across the Potomac from Virginia. The farmhouse they preserved was "rough," that is without many (any) of what we might call necessities of life. But they had "fun" things too, like this doll which had been made by combining everyday items into something a little person might enjoy. Note the size of the needles that are stuck in the container skin on the right.

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This next is also from Piscataway and is a tobacco barn. Tobacco was one of if not THE most popular (profitable) crop in this area in the 1700s. At least I think that's true...  This shot is of a reconstructed drying shed. Piscataway actually grows tobacco on the farm today to demonstrate how it was grown hundreds of years ago. They hung the leaves in sheds like this to dry, the sheds were very porous so that the farmers could properly vent the building. Heat was also important, just outside this building were large fire pits which I imagined might be for making charcoal. For the best drying, farmers had to ensure the leaves were ventilated and heated just right lest they dry too quickly or too slowly. Note the tobacco leaves hanging to dry. The tobacco they grow here has short leaves unlike today's modern tobacco.

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This last shot is from inside one of the armory rooms at Fort Washington in Maryland. These cell like structures were part of the fort walls, the bastions. The walls of the bastions were VERY thick and when I was in these rooms I felt like I was underground...in a dungeon. I took this photo with the camera laying almost on the ground looking out. The doors, the slimy stone floors, the lichen lined walls had lots of colors...I pushed them hard to bring them out from what is normally a dark, dank room.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) fort washington piscataway tobacco https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/12/olden-golden-days Thu, 21 Dec 2017 13:52:14 GMT
More Film! https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/12/more-film When I was out shooting film I also did some black and white. It took longer to get the film back and they don't scan the negatives. So...I had to learn to scan on my somewhat limited scanner. Oh well. It makes me want a darkroom, something I haven't had since 1971... Downsizing, I am.

This is the train museum in Burke.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/12/more-film Tue, 19 Dec 2017 00:35:46 GMT
FILM! https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/12/film I finally had the time to review and work with the film images from my outing a couple of weeks ago.  The exercise was to work with the 120 film, the old 645 camera, and my light meter to see if I could take reasonable shots. My reasoning was that if the pictures were okay...I would continue the experiment by taking the system to places that would be better suited to the format of the film. My trip to George Washington's Distillery encourages me. I worked with a tripod to reduce vibration. The mirror on that camera makes a huge "THUNK" when the shutter is tripped so I was doing my best to minimize other vibrations. The film was ISO100 so shooting at high noon was okay and the film seemed to reduce the natural harshness of the noon sunlight. I don't have a waist level finder so some of the shots suffered from the "almost level" condition which I had to crop and so lost some of the image. All in all, I like the results...I will continue taking it out once I get mobile again. It's a big system, more than twice as big as my Olympus. I could start saving for a digital medium format...yeah, right.

 

This first shot is Pete, an employee of the Distillery. He mentioned that he was not in his "period costume" so I'm guessing that when the distillery is open (Apr-Oct), his costume is 18th century.

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Standing closer to the creek, I took this shot of the distillery and the water sluice that can be opened and water directed into the building. I know that they actually do make whiskey here but I'm guessing they don't actually use the water from this creek. Of course, I've been wrong at least twice before so I might be wrong here, but, the look is authentic.

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I also dropped by Saint Mary of Sorrows Catholic Church, a leftover from the civil war that's still in use today.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) catholic church distillery george mary of saint sorrows washington https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/12/film Sat, 16 Dec 2017 13:48:19 GMT
George Washington's Distillery https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/12/george-washingtons-distillery A couple of years ago, the George Washington Distillery opened next to the Washington Grist Mill. I admit that I did not know that...until last week. I had a medical appointment down in that neck of the woods and was going to get there early. So i grabbed a film camera to get some shots of what i thought was going to be the Grist Mill. When I arrived, I was pleasantly surprised to see a sign that said "Washington Distillery & Grist Mill;" what a bonus, I thought to myself. And extra bonus, only one car in the parking lot. I gathered my equipment up and headed toward the main building. "CLOSED! Do NOT ENTER" a sign said, and the sign was right in the middle of the sidewalk that led to what looked like the main building. Open hours are...get this...April 1 to Oct 31; I was really early or really late. But, perhaps there was a part of the place that did not have such a sign! As I was walking toward the building that turns out to be the distillery, I was met by a gentleman who welcomed me...he was either a docent or an employee. He apologized for not being in "period costume" but welcomed me to walkabout (limpabout) and take photos. We talked for a bit, he explained that this was the only wood burning distillery in Virginia, he wasn't sure if it was the only one in the US. I thought of Jack Daniels. Although the distillery was only open during the nice weather months, apparently they have some sort of special functions during the closed months. He was chopping wood for the process.

I shot two rolls of films and took a few digital shots. The film takes forever to get back (a week). This is the side of the distillery. I will go back when it's open.  George Washington DistilleryGeorge Washington DistilleryGeorge Washington Distillery

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) distillery george washington mount vernon https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/12/george-washingtons-distillery Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:39:59 GMT
Limpabout in Lorton https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/12/limpabout-in-lorton Today Kyle had a baseball session in Lorton so after dropping him off I headed out to find something interesting to photograph. A friend of mine took some gorgeous B&W shots of the tank farm at the Fort Belvoir turnoff on I-95 so that's where I headed. The day was interesting...cloudy, snowy, dusty...sort of grungy which is what I emphasized with the tanks. Then I headed off to a one lane tunnel that runs under the train track. I took several different perspectives, the one I liked the best was the hand held long exposure with the car going through the tunnel.

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/12/limpabout-in-lorton Sun, 10 Dec 2017 20:45:10 GMT
Film-a-palooza! https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/12/film-a-palooza Well, sort of...  I dusted the old 6x4.5 off, put a battery in my light meter and headed off for an appointment that I knew had some cool things to shoot. To say that I was a bit rusty loading the FILM, taking a "light shot," and steadying the camera is an understatement. I parked in a 4 story garage that had these cool berry trees growing up to the third story and that's where I started. The buildings are relatively new with many, many more to come so although people were scarce, signs of infrastructure (restaurants, bars, parking, etc.) were everywhere. The largest complex in this community is the Healthplex and I am guessing that most of the buildings will be health related. All of the buildings had style with curves and lines that complemented one another so I am guessing the latest "builds" had a single architect.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) berries buildings kingstowne https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/12/film-a-palooza Wed, 06 Dec 2017 14:36:25 GMT
East Wing of the NGA https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/12/east-wing-of-the-nga Today I did a short "limpabout" at the NGA. Although I moved at a relatively slow pace, I did manage to take some photos and appreciate the art displayed. One of the high points about visiting the East Wing is the architecture of the building which is truly a masterpiece of style, elegance, and...well, comfort...a really cool place to visit. The weather was really perfect outside and many people were on the mall but not that many in the building. Which was fine since I didn't really feel rushed in any of the exhibits.  I have this thing about taking pictures of other's art and so I try not to do that unless there is some extra component that adds a story or texture...and I had some of those moments today.

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Sometimes I'm a little puzzled by modern art but when I sat down today and just soaked in the pieces on the wall. The sum of the edges, the shapes, and the contrasts of the parts was equally if not more impressive.

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This large square work of the woman was enhanced when a visitor paused to examine the work.

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Many of the works in the East Wing are large...like REALLY large!! When you put a person next to them, the positioning takes on a characteristic of its own. 

Art and lifeArt and lifeArt and life At one time, this line of heads was out on the mezzanine but they've moved the entire exhibit into a smaller room. Lots of people have taken pictures of this row of heads so I waited until people lined up to examine them.

 

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) art gallery https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/12/east-wing-of-the-nga Mon, 04 Dec 2017 01:27:56 GMT
Adams Morgan https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/12/adams-morgan Adams Morgan, a.k.a AdMo, has been "hip" for a while. I am sure that some number of years ago I would have found this restaurant/bar a lot of fun. Now...well, I think it's a cool place to photograph. But it would probably be too cold to actually sit on the roof bar and I'm guessing there isn't an elevator. But still, I really like the look.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) adams morgan restaurant washington https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/12/adams-morgan Fri, 01 Dec 2017 17:01:15 GMT
Our "Kitten" https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/11/our-kitten I have apparently disrespected my hip which has caused me pain and great inconvenience. I haven't been very mobile in almost two weeks. I got some sort of shot in the hip on Tuesday which was awful...painwise that is. But, I'm a bit of a sissy but I'm pretty sure there was a hot poker on the end of the needle she stuck in my hip. OMG it hurt...but, the hip is a little better. In the meantime, I have taken shots of innocent family bystanders including our new cat, Mr. Beans (as in "full of beans"). This is his first Christmas, he loves the tree! Too much!!!

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/11/our-kitten Thu, 30 Nov 2017 16:57:06 GMT
Thanksgiving! https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/11/thanksgiving I wish one and all a Happy Thanksgiving! I am hoping that each of your friends and families are safe, comfortable, and smiling during this Holiday and actually, every day! I am certainly thankful for my family and that we can be with our kids this week but am thinking of all of them wherever they may be!

Lots of folks are on the road this week and I wish all safe travels.

For the men and women in uniform, a special shout out to you with warm wishes for a safe Holiday and hopefully a call home. I'm thankful you do this for us.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) bread market thanksgiving https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/11/thanksgiving Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:10:47 GMT
Where Did Adams Morgan Go? https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/11/where-did-adams-morgan-go A great deal of time has passed since I last set foot in Adams Morgan. In fact, twenty-some years ago when I last walked those streets, I wasn't always comfortable (probably because I'm a small town person) but yesterday...well, yesterday was very different. Old buildings made new; old buildings gone; old establishments gone. New stuff everywhere. Madam's Organ is still there although I think they'd moved from when I was last there. Admittedly I was having a "mobility-limited day" and so wasn't as walkative as normal.

This first shot was actually a hint of days gone by with the painted advertisement fading into oblivion.  The reflections from the windows in the building next door create artistic swaths onto an otherwise almost boring building.

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I was looking at the vibrant colors of the two storefronts when I saw the man working on the scaffolding. All I could think of was the "Wizard of Oz,"...pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.

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Of course, the big draw of this area for years has been the night life, the great restaurants, and the buzz that seems to hit when the sun goes down...or so I'm told. 

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This last was taken with my phone! I loved this young lady's colors. And they matched the metro map which made the happenstance of our ride on the same metro car even cooler.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) admo dc https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/11/where-did-adams-morgan-go Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:16:53 GMT
B&W Bird https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/11/b-w-bird I started to write "B&W Hawk" but stopped because I'm not sure what it is. I'm pretty sure it's a hawk, but I don't remember. It was big, it was close, it was a raptor. It was all of those things, but it was NOT happy.

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) raptor https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/11/b-w-bird Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:12:23 GMT
Headshots https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/11/headshots This weekend I had a great shoot with Lionel for "serious" and casual headshots. He was fun to work with and we tried different things and different looks for the several places he needs to have a "virtual" presence. The Makeup Artist we used is Janelle Chérie an awesome skincare and makeup expert. Time went by quickly but we were all happy with the shoot...I think he qualifies for a GQ cover! 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/11/headshots Sun, 12 Nov 2017 22:24:23 GMT
U Street Corridor https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/11/u-street-corridor I did a walkabout in light rain in the U Street Corridor this morning. Perhaps because of the rain or cold there were not a lot of people walking about. U Street is a "transitioning" area with a mix of really, really neat old buildings and newly renovated buildings. A couple of modern buildings are sprinkled into the mix but essentially, the "front" of the buildings remain the same. There is some attempt to maintain the historic nature of the community. I did a search on property values for the small townhouses in the area and I'd say the average was around $1,000,000. That's a lot of zeros. I was talking with a local about the history of the neighborhood and he told me that several decades ago T Street and 7th was where all the action was, T Street was the just one block away from U Street, the "Main Street" of African-American Washington, DC. He said that quite a few years ago, many of the houses in the neighborhood were owned by the servants and laborers who worked in Georgetown. His mother still lives in a house on T, she's 100 years old. Wow!

I was smitten by all the color on today's walk and so many of my pictures tried to capture the color. This first one is a mural depicting the Scurlock family photography business. Addison Scurlock became a photographer over a hundred years ago; his two sons, Robert & George, continued in their father's footsteps until the business finally closed in 1994. An interesting article in the Smithsonian gave an overview of how the Scurlocks captured African-American life as it really was for generations. The family donated 250,000 photos to the Smithsonian depicting life on U Street for the last 100 years. Someone said that if you were in the African-American community, you HAD to have your picture taken by a Scurlock.

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On the wall of a closed night club was an incredible mural of jazz in the City. The club had all the cool looks of someplace you would want to go but something had obviously gone amiss since the place was shuttered with homeless sleeping in the entryway. But. So far, the cool mural survives.

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Most of the time, I miss the fall colors but NOT today!!

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) scurlock street u washington https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/11/u-street-corridor Thu, 09 Nov 2017 22:29:35 GMT
Battlefield https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/11/battlefield In the two battles fought on these grounds in Manassas in 1861 & 62, over 25,000 Americans were killed. In the first battle, people from Washington, DC, brought picnic baskets thinking that the northern victory would be quick and without great chaos. Of course, it wasn't...troops from the south defeated the untried and untrained troops from the north and the first major land battle of the civil war was over, a harbinger of the death and carnage to come. I think the best time to visit these grounds is in the morning, as close to dawn as possible. Major thoroughfares are just over the hill and yet, the battlefield environment exudes silence and respect for the fallen. 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) and battlefield black house white https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/11/battlefield Thu, 09 Nov 2017 12:27:59 GMT
Fells Point https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/11/fells-point Yesterday a friend and I went to Fells Point in Baltimore for a water-themed walkabout. We had carefully researched the weather and believed that the forecast rain would not start until late afternoon. We must have been reading about a place far, far away because the rain started shortly after we arrived. I cannot remember the last time I was in Falls Point, perhaps 15 years ago...wow, what a difference. Rapid gentrification. Wonderful, gorgeous new hotels in renovated building from the docks. Expensive. But then, it rained and we cut our visit short. I took this shot of the street car track...you can't see the cold rain but it was there. We will go back.

I note that the traffic to my website goes way down when I'm shooting B&W. Perhaps after this challenge is over I shall double down on color photos!

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) baltimore car fells maryland point rail street track https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/11/fells-point Wed, 08 Nov 2017 13:27:02 GMT
Life Under The Bridge https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/11/life-under-the-bridge Sometimes bridges are fascinating ... most people visualize them from the "topside," that is the part of the bridge that's there to be walked, driven, or carried upon. After all, bridges are meant to bring things together from places or people that are NOT together. Not surprising then that the "functional" part of the bridge is the one that people appreciate for form and function. But there's the "under" the bridge part, too, and everyone knows that something is down below but most don't care or don't have the time to look. In many metropolitan areas, the major intersections of highways and roads are winding cloverleafed, twisted, mazes of bridges and...under bridges. Sometimes filled with trash, water runoff pools and puddles, and once in a while camps of homeless folks. But not in Harper's Ferry where I took this shot under the railroad bridge. Water runoff and tourists.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) and black bridge ferry harper's railroad white https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/11/life-under-the-bridge Tue, 07 Nov 2017 12:34:25 GMT
Freer Gallery https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/11/freer-gallery The Freer Gallery is different than other galleries I've visited. My Freer visit was too brief and I will return but wondered why I enjoyed myself so much when I'm not really a fan of Asian art. So I noodled that question for a while and came to the conclusion that my comfort in the Gallery was because the place just flowed...Feng Shui at its best. The curators, designers, caretakers, et.al., did an amazing job of putting so much into the Gallery and yet it just works...I didn't feel overwhelmed by the number of exhibits or the presentations of the individual items or groups. They all blended together in a smooth flow that just made sense. This shot was taken at the top of the stairs entering the Gallery looking down one of the halls. This statue is quite intimidating up close and also from far away. 

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) asian art smithsonian washington https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/11/freer-gallery Mon, 06 Nov 2017 11:10:08 GMT
Smiles on the Dock https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/11/smiles-on-the-dock I drove into Old Town Alexandria today to drop off my photo for the Art League's "Doubt" exhibit that will start this coming Wednesday for a month at the Torpedo Factory. While I was there, I did a quick walkabout on the river and I was NOT the only one!! Lots of people were out despite the wet drizzle and semi-warm, humid conditions. Most people were smiling, laughing, and seemingly happy about life in general. This couple was sitting on the dock next to the Chart House restaurant and obviously very much enjoying one another and life in general. Their happiness made me smile.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/11/smiles-on-the-dock Sun, 05 Nov 2017 23:10:44 GMT
Color or B&W ??? https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/11/color-or-b-w I found this flower while looking for more shots near the water. This was taken at Kenilworth Gardens; the petals will soon fall of the flower and all that will be left will be a weird looking circular thing like those below the blossom. I think I will use one of them in my book but am torn which one. I like the delicate colors of the petals contrasted with the blues and greens but also like the phantom like feeling of the flower in B&W. The cropping is a little different but other than that, these two shots are the same.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) flowers kenilworth water https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/11/color-or-b-w Thu, 02 Nov 2017 12:12:38 GMT
But one Fall Season, many years ago... https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/10/but-one-fall-season-many-years-ago My timing was perfect! Well, almost. Many of the reds were gone but still...for me, the timing was good. This is taken from the shore of the Ohio River in Wheeling, West Virginia. I was looking to the west from the east bank of the river in what I think is called Heritage Port. Wheeling used to be known as "Nail City" but industry has gradually left since the 1930s. The older buildings are elegant and are signs of days gone by. The city is restoring much of the downtown area to display the architectural strength of the buildings.`

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Downtown Wheeling building detail.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) bridge fall wheeling wv https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/10/but-one-fall-season-many-years-ago Tue, 31 Oct 2017 13:02:57 GMT
Fall Is Here https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/10/fall-is-here Each year I promise myself that I will get to the mountains to capture the spectacular colors that fall always brings. Each year I somehow mess up the timing of my trip. This trip was no exception, fall had already come but I was out anyway. This shot was taken in the mountains west of Cumberland, MD, I'm not exactly sure where. I was driving along a hillside road and looked out at this idyllic scene and had to take the shot. The church was quite a long ways away...I was shooting on a tripod at 200mm. The trees are bare but there is a feeling of peace in the air. 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) church fall landscape rural https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/10/fall-is-here Mon, 30 Oct 2017 14:18:59 GMT
Water https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/10/water I put together a short book entitled, "Near The Water" but don't really think I've completely finished. Consequently, I'm headed back to the shore for the next several weeks and also going through some photo shoots I've done during the past years but had "put on the shelf." These are four of them...the first is from Tampa taken way back in 2011. I don't remember the hotel I was staying in, just that I liked the way the window panes framed the harbor area at sunrise.

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This last shot was taken on the Silver Strand Beach just outside of San Diego.

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) dana point tampa water https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/10/water Fri, 27 Oct 2017 12:54:35 GMT
Photo in Art League Exhibit! https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/10/photo-in-art-league-exhibit This photo was juried into the November exhibit at the Art League in Old Town Alexandria's Torpedo Factory. I submitted a photo I took of Diane this summer as she sat on a dock in Pennsylvania at sunset. Title of the photo is, "Calm Water." Besides the spectacular colors, there was the silence...to those of us who live in a metropolitan area, we don't realize just how much background noise exists in our lives until it's gone. We could hear people talking on their docks across the lake, probably half a mile away.

I have made some changes to the website...well the homepage. I moved the blog "up" so that is the page you land on when you ask to see my site (and thanks for doing that!). I am also reviewing some of the photo galleries, deleted some, added some...something different.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) exhibit lake sunset https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/10/photo-in-art-league-exhibit Thu, 26 Oct 2017 11:36:55 GMT
Winning Photo https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/10/winning-photo One of my photos, "Tired," won second place in the NVPS Themed Competition this month. The theme was "emotion"...my photo was taken at the Fish Market on Maine Ave in DC. 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) dc emotion fish market steam https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/10/winning-photo Tue, 24 Oct 2017 10:58:38 GMT
The Wharf https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/10/the-wharf Yesterday I went to "The Wharf," a large development on the Potomac River in DC, that had just opened a week or so ago. I say just opened because the area has been under construction for quite a long time. When I first moved here (30+ years ago) that area was quite a tourist attraction with Hogate's and Philips restaurants, a variety of hotspots, night clubs and bars. Over the years the restaurants and nice places closed and visits to the area were...not so much fun as before. The buildings were rundown and the area was "tired." But then...this rebirth, called The Wharf, which has some really cool building designs, walkways, outdoor entertainment venues, lots of cool restaurants, shops, boating, and on and on and on. Sort of reminds me of San Diego. There are condos and apartments, too. They are very expensive, very small, and...well, I wouldn't live there. The Fish Market is still there although also being remodeled. Parking is now truly a bitch but Metro is close. Traffic is miserable but there are people everywhere! Right now, most of them are construction folks but that should change by the end of the year when most things will be finished.

The "landscape" is very colorful which will help in the gray days of winter although I don't imagine that many rooftop restaurants will remain open. But for now, the weather is perfect for being outside and enjoying the river view. I was walking before lunch hour and so nothing was really open yet. This is a rooftop venue with overlooking apartments or condos.

There are docks and piers with picnic areas, concert stages, event locations, boat rentals, and more. Random art is prominent in many of these locations and is meant to be an active part of the venue including water features with spray, fountains, and mist and this egg shaped sculpture being used in a photoshoot. The "egg shape" is one of a pair.

I was sitting on the ledge of the river walkway waiting and watching. The building in front of me was blue, the reflection of the perfectly blue sky in the windows was blue, and, then, this guy driving a blue scooter drove by me...and I had my camera ready!!

The The Maine Avenue Fish Market is always filled with interesting people and rich colors and yesterday was no exception. This shot ALMOST captured the primary colors but not quite. It sort of...clammed up.

The docks are dog friendly, too. I met this pup, named Layla June as she was on a walkabout with her owner. I think Layla June is a French Bulldog, she looks French.

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/10/the-wharf Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:53:24 GMT
Walking on Sunshine https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/10/walking-on-sunshine These are some more from my walkabout on the Mall last Sunday. The skies started off cloudy which is good for photos but gradually the sun chased the clouds away and everyone was obviously enjoying their time in the sun. Like other elderly folks, I spent a good deal of time on a park bench watching people go by and every once in a while, I'd notice something interesting and take a photo. 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/10/walking-on-sunshine Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:46:16 GMT
Freer Gallery of Art https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/10/freer-gallery-of-art I did a short walkabout yesterday in the Freer Gallery which had just reopened after a lengthy renovation. It was my first visit. I had to work hard at the picture part because my mind wanted to stop and look at all the exhibits and, quite frankly, I would probably still be there if I'd done that. There's a lot to see. I have this thing about not wanting to capture other people's art in my photos but I made a couple of exceptions as you can see below. I will go back but will start out with my camera in the bag so I can pay attention to the awesome stuff. My favorite "room" yesterday was the "Encountering the Buddha" room. Very peaceful.

This first shot is from the Buddha Room; two statues enclosed in glass seemingly looking at their reflections.

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The shot just below is looking into a room of exquisite vases and bowls.

This next shot is looking over an open stairway into a "window" that showcases a woman. You can't actually get to the statue and so you must look at it from afar, through two windows, across a dark space. Voyeurism.

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Once back outside, we took a turn through the gardens. This fantastic mushroom was almost a foot wide. The green thing was from the tree above the shroom. No idea what the green thing is...there were no tree labels.

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This last black and white was part of the "take down" set from the celebration on the Mall during the weekend. I am sorry I missed it because it looks like it was a lot of fun.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/10/freer-gallery-of-art Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:12:04 GMT
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/10/the-vietnam-veterans-memorial Over 50,000 Americans of my generation died in the Vietnam War and that does not count those that died from corollary causes of the war. I went to the memorial today and watched as people walked by the Wall. Two things struck me...one, this is still a difficult walk for me because of all those names; two, based on watching others, I am not sure the Vietnam War is part of our American heritage anymore. How quickly we forget... 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/10/the-vietnam-veterans-memorial Sun, 15 Oct 2017 22:01:16 GMT
Old Town Alexandria Farmers Market https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/10/old-town-alexandria-farmers-market I did a quick walkabout in the Farmers Market today. The weather was perfect...cloudy and mild temperatures with NO humidity...how often does that happen!!??!! Lots of people, lots of smiles and laughter, and a few pictures!!

I loved the beard. 

I normally don't take pictures of random children but this young person was way too cool and his photo needed to be taken.

This man was a vendor, I think, and I THINK he was looking at the wares of the vendor in the stand next to him. I think the Christmas ornament had a painting of the Whitehouse on it.

The photo below was too much too miss, the ladies were almost all the same color which happened to be in line with the flowers that were the same color.

Amish flower vendor. Straw hat and baskets beckoned the shutter!

Natural herbs, plants, and flowers everywhere...including her arm!

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) alexandria market https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/10/old-town-alexandria-farmers-market Sat, 14 Oct 2017 16:16:50 GMT
Waterford Walkabout https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/10/waterford-walkabout A friend and I drove out to Waterford for a walkabout. I wasn't quite sure what to expect...what we found was a quaint village in "Hunt Country" that was filled with large and sometimes old houses from the 19th century. There wasn't a real "town" that is, there were not many shops. There was a Post Office and two or three churches and perhaps a "Map Store," but we didn't see other activities of commerce. It was quiet...really quiet. Except for this rooster that was standing on a bench on the front porch looking as if he wanted to get into the house! Many vineyards. Many. Cloudy day...perfect.

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) 19th century quaint village virginia waterford https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/10/waterford-walkabout Fri, 13 Oct 2017 23:34:57 GMT
Waterside!! https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/10/waterside The Waterside area was filled with laughing, smiling people of all ages. Perhaps there was a local celebration or festival or something because the walkways and docks were packed! The stages were being prepared for bands and/or DJs so that the later night life was going to be even more hectic but the early evening hour I was there was almost magic because of all the smiles. Kids playing games, adults watching sports (on the HUNDREDS of TVs throughout the area), hand holding, sunset watching...just a "Wow" kind of night. And me with my camera. Perfect.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/10/waterside Fri, 13 Oct 2017 11:30:35 GMT
First Book Is Published! https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/10/first-book-is-published I so enjoyed my walkabout on the Eagle that I wanted to do a book...not a long book, mind you, but a book that gives you an idea of where the hands and feet of the sailors go when they're aboard the ship. Most of the photos in the book are the same as in the galleries in the "Portfolio" section of this site, but if you want a softcover book to remember the ship you sailed on when the seas were always calm...this might be the one. 

If you click on the link below, you'll be taken to "Blurb" my publisher. Thanks for looking!!

It has come to my attention that the little, very little, teeny tiny cart icon on the embedded thing below is very hard to see! So, if you'd like to buy a copy, please click on this link!

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) coast eagle guard ship tall https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/10/first-book-is-published Wed, 11 Oct 2017 17:22:52 GMT
Book Project https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/10/book-project Something new for me. A book.

When folks visit DC they usually focus on the major landmarks and there are so, so many of those to see that what may happen is that they go so fast they miss the people, the activities, and the real, bustling life of this really colorful city. Of course, the racing tourists, politicians, business people, etc., are very much what this city is...but they themselves often go unnoticed. And so, my project is called: Waypoints on my Way to the Capitol!

Using Jay Maisel's mantra of being open to gestures, light, and color, I intend to slooooowwwwwlllllly walk about the National Mall starting at the Smithsonian Metro Station heading out clockwise. I will head out on the southern edge of the Mall to the Lincoln Memorial then move to the northern edge continuing to the Capitol and then back to the Metro Station. I may have a shot or two of the Landmark Waypoint but I will actually be waiting for the a gesture, light, or color that is interesting. I will post some of my candidate shots under the Projects menu of this site. I know that the fall weather will turn to winter soon and I know that I often will be shooting at high noon because that's when the people come out of their inside spaces. But...that's DC!

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/10/book-project Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:50:29 GMT
Worldwide Photo Walk at Waterside in Norfolk, Virginia https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/10/worldwide-photo-walk-at-waterside-in-norfolk-virginia My first trip to Norfolk...or at least the first one that I remember. I may have been there years ago but I'm pretty sure I've not been to the Waterside. The city has really done a cool job of putting together a gathering place. Many, many places to eat, bars, restaurants, games, ships, live music, DJs, and much more. There were about 20 of us in the Photowalk. We sort of started together and then sort of headed off in the same general direction but then we drifted apart. Perhaps they regrouped at the scheduled end of the Walk but I had a beer and headed back to the baseball group. The walk was fun, it was sunset and so there was a variety of wonderfully lit opportunities. Sadly, the sun went behind the clouds just at sunset...so, no spectacular ball of fire. I have put a couple of shots here but also created a portfolio section. Come take a look at all of them!!

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/10/worldwide-photo-walk-at-waterside-in-norfolk-virginia Mon, 09 Oct 2017 19:46:26 GMT
Huron, South Dakota https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/10/huron-south-dakota I had my 50 year High School Class Reunion last weekend in Huron. What a fun two days! Most of my pictures were of the class but I did get out for a short while. The first is of the dam on third street with the railroad bridge in the background. The decaying "safety" wall of the dam was to keep fishermen from falling into the dangerous waters.

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The rotting carp and its large scales present a somewhat artistic representation of the fish.

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During the first three quarters of the 20th century, Armour & Company was the largest employer in Beadle County. It was sold then abruptly closed putting hundreds of people out of work in the small town of Huron...almost a death knell for the city but they have come back. The huge meat packing facility was torn down except for this single building. Some 50 plus acres of 6 story buildings and stockyards...gone, flat...no more. 

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On a happier note, I drove out to the State Fairgrounds where a Barrel Racing competition was happening. I saw this silver blue horse and had to stop. Wow, what a magnificent animal!

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/10/huron-south-dakota Tue, 03 Oct 2017 12:05:24 GMT
Road Trip https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/9/road-trip I am headed out...not across this specific bridge but out...  Off to South Dakota where I will attend my first ever home High School football homecoming game (at least I think it is...I can't remember). I will have time to do a walkabout or two, I have some ideas on photos. Wish me luck!!

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/9/road-trip Thu, 28 Sep 2017 20:09:10 GMT
National Mall Walkabout https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/9/national-mall-walkabout I did a short walkabout on the National Mall today.  I went from the Museum of African American History to the DC WWI Memorial with a long stop at the WW II Memorial. The Mall was being watered!! I have to admit that this is the nicest condition I've seen the grass in a long time. I had to shoot the arc of the sprinklers!

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The next two were taken at the World War II memorial. WWII vets are dying at the rate of more than 1,000 per day. Most days, grateful Americans fly some of them in from all over the US to visit their Memorial, the "Honor Flight" program. This vet was under the Arizona state marker having his picture taken. I am thankful he served, he probably would be too modest to take the gratitude. I'm glad he visited.

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On the other side of the Memorial, someone had left a wreath in honor of a fallen veteran. I wonder about the story.

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At the African-American History museum I was entertained by the drummer next to the stage at the front of the building. He was plugged in listening to music and practicing his rifs. I enjoyed watching the hands but the soft bag robbed me of the acoustics. His cool cat shirt enhanced the mystery of the silent serenade.

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I thought these mushrooms were too cool not to be photographed!

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I was going to do a short series on tourists taking pictures but didn't really get into the shoot. I did take some...I embedded those shots into the lenses of the rear lights on a bus!

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/9/national-mall-walkabout Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:57:59 GMT
Forge Industrial Works https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/9/forge-industrial-works Forge Industrial Works is a fascinating, fun store that just opened in Old Town Alexandria. I discovered them last weekend as I went to the Alexandria Arts Festival, glanced at the window but didn't walk in because I wasn't sure what the business of the store actually was. On my way back, I went in and was immediately captivated by the charm and "comfort ambience" of the furniture and accessories. I mean, really...what fun...a gumball machine! A DINER sign! Six inch high metal letters! Metal toys! Industrial strength (truly!) furniture! Much more! And photography opportunities everywhere!! I think they are having their grand opening celebration this Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 5:00 pm, I could be wrong, but stop by anytime, the place will make you smile! 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) alexandria https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/9/forge-industrial-works Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:02:17 GMT
Harper's Ferry, MD https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/9/harpers-ferry-md Harper's Ferry has a lot of history and that history surrounds you as you walk through the town. I was on a walkabout there a couple of weeks ago and found the ruins as fascinating as the old buildings that were still standing. The first shot is the ruins of an Episcopal Church that burned down maybe a hundred years ago. The next is of a watchmaker's window in Old Town Harper's Ferry. The last two are shots of railroad bridges...one over the land in town and the other over the Potomac River. Church Ruins Harper's FerryChurch Ruins Harper's FerryChurch Ruins Harper's Ferry Watch Maker's Window Harper's FerryWatch Maker's Window Harper's FerryWatch Maker's Window Harper's Ferry Bridge at Harper's FerryBridge at Harper's FerryBridge at Harper's Ferry Harper's Ferry Railroad BridgeHarper's Ferry Railroad BridgeHarper's Ferry Railroad Bridge

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/9/harpers-ferry-md Sat, 02 Sep 2017 15:55:57 GMT
Fort Washington https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/8/fort-washington Yesterday a friend and I did a walkabout at Fort Washington in Maryland. The fort was built in 1808 as part of a system to protect DC, Alexandria, and the eastern seaboard. The fort was part of a "system" that was modeled after a French defense system. After Washington was burned in the War of 1812, the US rethought this defensive system strategy and when the fort was rebuilt in 1814 a new concrete-based architecture was implemented to better defend DC from a naval threat. The fort was used until 1946 when it was turned over to the Department of Interior and converted to a National Park. The facility is a combination of groomed parklands, restored & maintained barracks and towers, and crumbling ruins of batteries, gun placements, and fortifications. As armament technology changed, the gun batteries were dispersed so that the guns were not all together and exposed to concentrated fire from the river.

The fort is a little off the beaten path and there are a lot of steps but the trip (and the walk) is well worth the effort. The pictures here don't tell the whole story of the park, please visit...our parks need your support! There are five shots here starting at the main gate and finishing with a view to DC.

Main gate at Fort Washington, MDFort WashingtonMain gate at Fort Washington, MD Stylized view from main gate looking back toward guard tower and visitors centerStylized view from main gate looking back toward guard tower and visitors centerOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAStylized view from main gate looking back toward guard tower and visitors center Crumbling concrete battery at Fort WashingtonCrumbling concrete battery at Fort WashingtonCrumbling concrete battery at Fort Washington View from Fort Washington looking down over an old battery, an old "fog light" still in use today, and, across the Potomac at Virginia.View from Fort Washington looking down over an old battery, an old "fog light" still in use today, and, across the Potomac at Virginia.View from Fort Washington looking down over an old battery, an old "fog light" still in use today, and, across the Potomac at Virginia. Looking north from Fort Washington towards DC and Alexandria. The trees in the foreground would not have been there when the fort was active...there's a cannon battery just below where they are.Looking north from Fort Washington towards DC and Alexandria. The trees in the foreground would not have been there when the fort was active...there's a cannon battery just below where they are.Looking north from Fort Washington towards DC and Alexandria. The trees in the foreground would not have been there when the fort was active...there's a cannon battery just below where they are.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) dc fort potomac river washington https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/8/fort-washington Thu, 31 Aug 2017 12:09:31 GMT
I think I may have missed the eclipse https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/8/i-think-i-may-have-missed-the-eclipse Well, I didn't really miss it. I was there! The neighbors were in their front yard and invited us to share their glasses. Originally, I thought I would metro downtown and take photos of people on the Mall gazing at the eclipse through their special glasses, I had visions of photos like the old 3D movie glasses as people watched Godzilla. But, I didn't work up the gumption to actually do that and so was happy the neighbors were sharing!! I had a few looks at the sun as it slid behind the moon...each time wondering if these glasses were made by the lowest bidder on a government contract. I admit, the stunning view and the rarity of what I was looking at has not sunk in. The eclipse slipped behind a cloud before "the peak" and so we were denied the full (85%) impact...which means, I guess, that our crops will continue to grow, the grasshoppers will not swarm in, and the Cubs will never win again.

This is a shot from the Catholic Basilica in DC I took a few months ago. People light these for lots of reasons and I didn't need special glasses to look at them.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/8/i-think-i-may-have-missed-the-eclipse Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:42:42 GMT
Potomac River https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/8/potomac-river The Potomac River doesn't have a reputation of a huge avenue of commerce and yet not too, too long ago Alexandria, Virginia, was a major port for both the citizens of Northern Virginia and Washington, DC. The Wilson Bridge which connects Virginia and Maryland just south of DC is a drawbridge but I'm not sure that it gets very heavy use. The Navy Yard is not as busy as it once was and neither is the "port" of Alexandria. But the river is still a cool thing and in some places, one might say...majestic! Doesn't the log under the dock remind you of the Loch Ness monster? Smile.

Dock into Potomac River at Piscataway National ParkDock into Potomac River at Piscataway National ParkDock into Potomac River at Piscataway National Park

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/8/potomac-river Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:42:23 GMT
Piscataway Colonial Farm https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/8/piscataway-colonial-farm I crossed the Potomac with a friend today to do a walkabout in Piscataway Colonial Farm which is just a few miles south of the Beltway but is very, very wooded. The park is trying to maintain the look and feel of the farm as it was back in the 1700s. The day was beautiful and few people were about so it wasn't hard to imagine how it might have been some three hundred years ago. The farm had original buildings from the 1700s although some had been brought in from similar settings. Along with the old buildings there were crops and livestock that were being raised in the "old way." The tobacco for instance, was short leaved, not the longer, genetically engineered long leaf that is grown today.

In the small house were the tools of the day including yarn making materials in the first picture, wool carders and a spindle. The second shot is of a couple of the chickens that pretty much had the run of the place. The last shot is a stylized look across the river at Mount Vernon. I will post more later of the tobacco drying barn, the cows, and more.

Knitting Tools Piscataway Colonial FarmKnitting Tools Piscataway Colonial FarmKnitting Tools Piscataway Colonial Farm Chickens - Piscataway Colonial FarmChickens - Piscataway Colonial FarmChickens - Piscataway Colonial Farm Mount Vernon PlantationMount Vernon PlantationMount Vernon Plantation

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/8/piscataway-colonial-farm Thu, 10 Aug 2017 21:01:15 GMT
Bugs! At Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/7/bugs-at-kenilworth-park-aquatic-gardens I went on a walkabout with a friend today to the Kenilworth National Park. This lovely garden is tucked away in northeast D.C. and is filled with all varieties of water lilies and water flowers and water...well, lots of flora. And it was pretty. And I do have some all flower shots, however, the bugs on the pollen was superb and I just couldn't stop looking at the bugs. So...here you have it, the park and gardens from a bug's eye view!  I will publish some flowers at a later date.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/7/bugs-at-kenilworth-park-aquatic-gardens Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:53:30 GMT
Clarion, Pennsylvania https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/7/clarion-pennsylvania An interesting town in western PA...a place where trees and hills dominate the landscape, the roads, and, well, pretty much everything. The country is beautiful. The town of Clarion is quiet, probably because it's a college town and there isn't much college going on. I will write more about western PA later but these are three shots that grabbed me. The tattoo shop has become a staple in college towns, i wonder why. All sorts of things go through my mind but the tattoo shop next to City Hall and just a reasonable walk from the campus seemed to cry out to be photographed. And then, there was the wall art which I thought was very cool. Except, the first was on an abandoned building that I wonder about its future. The second was on a pub that was closed...maybe for the day, maybe for the season. There were no college students to be seen.

Clarion, PA tattoo parlor across the street from City HallMulletta Photography Clarion, PA wall artClarion, PA wall art Clarion, PA wall artClarion, PA wall art

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/7/clarion-pennsylvania Mon, 24 Jul 2017 22:25:48 GMT
Lucketts, VA https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/6/lucketts-va Today I did a short walkabout in Lucketts, VA which is just a short way out of Leesburg. It's an antiques store but really it's a large lot with many buildings filled with another man's treasures. A picker's paradise.  We were there quite early, it was really a class with Capital Photography Center led by Corey Hilz. The place was a photo rich environment which was really the point of the class. Start "large" with something that catches your eye and then focus down...through the camera's viewfinder, until you "see" in the camera what you see in your mind. I noticed many things...focusing wasn't always easy!!

Old Red Pickup Outside A Red BarnRed Truck WaitingOld Red Pickup Outside A Red Barn

 

 

Mannikin in Old Red StudebakerMannikin in Old Red StudebakerMannikin in Old Red Studebaker

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I am sure that this phone is waiting for Keanu Reeves in "The Matrix"I am sure that this phone is waiting for Keanu Reeves in "The Matrix"I am sure that this phone is waiting for Keanu Reeves in "The Matrix"

Forgotten, but not gone...just in back of the barnForgotten, but not gone...just in back of the barnForgotten, but not gone...just in back of the barn

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/6/lucketts-va Sun, 25 Jun 2017 22:29:20 GMT
Photo Juried Into The Art League's "Perspective" Show for June https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/6/photo-juried-into-the-art-leagues-perspective-show-for-june I have once again been honored by the Art League in Alexandria, VA, at the Torpedo Factory. A photo of mine was accepted into this month's themed show, "Perspective."  I took the shot on a walkabout in downtown D.C. handholding my camera but braced against a light pole at ISO64, 12mm, f/22 at .5 seconds. The flair/flash is a brightly colored bus/trolley speeding down the street. The shot is also in the slide show at the top of this blog!! Come down to the Art League in the Torpedo Factory and see all the photographs, oils, prints, watercolors, sculptures, and more in the Perspective Show.

Bus FlashBus FlashLong exposure of bus/trolley driving by on a DC street.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) District of Columbia bus trolley https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/6/photo-juried-into-the-art-leagues-perspective-show-for-june Thu, 08 Jun 2017 11:13:59 GMT
Washington National Cathedral https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/5/washington-national-cathedral I had the opportunity to get some really, really cool shots yesterday at the Cathedral. I was able to get out onto the "eaves" where many of the gargoyles are and where the best views in the world might be! The shot below is overlooking Georgetown, but you can look a little east to see the Kennedy Center, the Russian Embassy, National Airport, the MGM Casino, FedEx Field, JFK Stadium, the Capitol, the VP's house...and, well, pretty much everything there is to see in D.C., that is, from a distance. You can find the "Cathedral Portfolio" now on the website. For that gallery I pretty much limited myself to "church shots." I will put the more generic shots up later.

This place is fascinating...it looks like it's hundreds of years old but it was finished not quite 30 years ago...it started sometime in the early 1900s. The earthquake we had not too long ago took quite a toll, a total of $32 million to fix and they don't have a major benefactor nor does the main Episcopal church give them money for restoration. So the repairs will take perhaps another decade. But the employees and volunteers are really working hard to bring in $$ and care for the facility and the tradition. I think it's a must see if you come to D.C.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) DC Washington cathedral https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/5/washington-national-cathedral Mon, 15 May 2017 18:59:32 GMT
Columbia Heights Walkabout https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/5/columbia-heights-walkabout A friend and I did a walkabout in Columbia Heights yesterday. We talked with a woman who had lived there for several decades. She talked of the changes over the years...white to black to white to hispanic to mixed. She mentioned that she saw people passed out on the street and that bothered her. She also mentioned that things seem to be getting better...houses were being improved, new building, etc. 

The first two shots are of two old buildings, one has been cared for...the other not so much. There is an historic walk in the neighborhood with placards showing you where the historic buildings and sites are located. Scroll down below house pictures for more of the neighborhood.

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When I first saw this shawl and the shoes that had been abandoned on one of the main streets of the neighborhood, I smiled because I thought of romantic music, smiles and happy things. But as I thought about the transitional nature of the street and the young women murdered by gangs in Virginia, I wondered if this really wasn't a happy ending. Or maybe someone just left it here when they got on the bus...  you know how my imagination sometimes runs wild. Keep scrolling for more.

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 These mannequins really made me smile. The colors and positioning and the line...they must made me want to have fun.

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We continued our walk and found a small group in the park. Ladies from El Salvador selling gifts for Mother's Day. Mother's Day is ALWAYS celebrated in many Latin American countries on May 10. Which is kind of cool because that's my mother's birthday. She would have been 101 today.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) Columbia DC Heights walkabout https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/5/columbia-heights-walkabout Wed, 10 May 2017 14:17:31 GMT
D.C. Waterfront & Market https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/4/d-c-waterfront-market The waterfront is changing dramatically. I think the change was either kicked off or accelerated  by bringing the Nationals Stadium to the neighborhood, but now, things are moving fast. What once had been a deteriorating tourist scene is pretty much completely gone and has been replaced with high rise condos, offices, and apartments. One of the last holdouts for change is the Waterfront Market that has been a local favorite for years, well, decades. It's still there, surrounded by construction but coping well. I went there on a rainy, gray day...it was wet, but most people were smiling! I had fun.

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) D.C. market waterfront https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/4/d-c-waterfront-market Sun, 23 Apr 2017 19:15:36 GMT
Fuschia https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/4/fuschia While waiting for my bride to gather all the hummer plants, I stumbled across this sort of exotic looking hangie down plant. The colors were gorgeous but I admit that the possibility of significant contrasts was compelling. 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) Fuschia burke flower macro https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/4/fuschia Tue, 11 Apr 2017 14:54:02 GMT
Bright Red Flower...and then---poof---black & white https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/4/bright-red-flower-and-then---poof---black-white I don't know what this flower is but I admit that I am struck by the bright red flame of its bloom. And then there are those little ivory thingies, pistils, I believe but on second look, I think they are just more blossoms. A friend and fellow photographer is teaching me to see the contrasts that might be suitable for B&W photos and this is one very spectacular example. However, I did print out an 8x10 of the color version because it is so striking!!

Bright red flower, macroBright red flower, macroBright red flower, macro Macro flower black and whiteMacro FlowerBlack and white version of a bright red flower and its ivory colored pistil

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) Macro flower red https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/4/bright-red-flower-and-then---poof---black-white Tue, 11 Apr 2017 12:06:04 GMT
Macro Photography https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/4/macro-photography After finding eagles in the neighborhood trees, I looked a little closer to earth and found some fairly cool flowers. This is one that I have no idea what it is although I see that the blossom is just beginning to pop out. I actually liked the deeper contrasts around the bud and so did a conversion to black and white and added a border. The two photos are the same, except for my conversion process. Which do you like??

Macro FlowerMacro Flower in color!Macro flower bud just starting to bloom. Macro FlowerMacro Flower in Black & WhiteMacro flower bud just starting to bloom.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) flowers macro https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/4/macro-photography Mon, 10 Apr 2017 21:44:24 GMT
My Photo...Juried into The Alexandria Art League Gallery https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/4/my-photo-juried-into-the-alexandria-art-league-gallery I am pleased as punch that the Alexandria Art League will be showing one of my photos at their Gallery during April. The shot was taken with a tripod mounted 7mm wide angle lens. I did a "longish" exposure at .8 seconds. During the exposure I zoomed the lens to 12mm which gives the shot that surreal look. Burke Lake is a fun place to shoot...lots of wildlife, lots of people, great landscapes. Come down to the Art League which is on the water at the end of King Street in the Torpedo Factory and see my photo!! 

Sunrise at the Speed Of LightSunrise at the Speed Of LightTaken shortly after sunrise at Burke Lake, VA. Using a tripod mounted wide angle lens and the I "zoomed" out which created the surreal look.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) Lake effects sunrise https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/4/my-photo-juried-into-the-alexandria-art-league-gallery Wed, 05 Apr 2017 15:17:26 GMT
Old Town Alexandria Warehouse https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/3/old-town-alexandria-warehouse I believe that one of the human behaviors that is NOT a good thing is our reluctance to look up. I know this is a "true fact" because I see that trait in ALL movies (except James Bond and Jason Bourne)...all the scary things that aren't behind you are above you and nobody sees them coming. We just don't look up very often unless our eyes are "naturally" drawn up, like a church steeple or a mountain. Consequently when I am on a walkabout, I tend to look up...the shot below is a good example. This old warehouse on Alexandria's King Street is a restaurant at street level and that's what people see. If you look up, you see the original name of the building and those two wonderful wooden doors that were probably last operational more than 100 years ago. I appreciate that the building owner is maintaining the look.

Old Town Alexandria, VA RW Lotto BuildingOld Town Alexandria, VA RW Lotto BuildingOld Town Alexandria, VA RW Lotto Building. Looking up, above the awning that's over the sidewalk.

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/3/old-town-alexandria-warehouse Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:09:36 GMT
High Noon In Alexandria, VA https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/3/high-noon-in-alexandria-va A friend and I did a quick walkabout in Old Town Alexandria yesterday. We visited the Art League in the Torpedo Factory and then the docks. Because of the really nice weather...over 70 degrees...lots of folks were also walking about. Of course, high noon is typically the worst light of the day to shoot photos but the high contrasts also offer black and white opportunities that might not otherwise be there. The harsh reflection on the red metal roof caught my attention and sort of cried for a black and white conversion. I am reminded that this is also allergy season.

Old Town AlexandriaOld Town AlexandriaWalkabout in Old Town Alexandria, VA at high noon.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) Alexandria Black and White https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/3/high-noon-in-alexandria-va Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:43:31 GMT
Gray Day https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/3/gray-day The last two days have been cold, gray, and drizzly. The kind of day to stay inside. Last night we burned the remainder of our firewood because the weather was downright chilly!! Today it's supposed to be in the mid 70s but I'm really doubtful. Oh well. This is a shot from yesterday, a bench on the playground. This does not look comfortable but I guess durability is the watchword for a playground. Yesterday was a Sunday, we were the only ones there and yet, there were jackets and pencils and soccer balls all around. Either trusting or careless...I'm going for trusting.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) Black & White bench playground https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/3/gray-day Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:09:56 GMT
Staying Busy https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/3/staying-busy I am slowly changing my blogging location to this one and have not SEEMED as active as normal but, I really have been...really. A couple of weeks ago, I did an event at Messiah UMC, an original musical theater production by Debbie Allred. You can see lots of shots from the play if you click here and then click on the photo of the Silver Diner cardboard cars. The shots here are of Diane "the waitress" and Anna "the jilted girlfriend." It was a superb production and I can't wait for the next one! 

I am also doing some sports photography...the next shot is Kyle trying to decide whether or not to steal. Actually, I don't think he's the one that gets to make the initial decision whether or not to steal...I think the coach does that. Most of the time, the high school baseball games are hard to shoot because the fences are very high and I'm forced to shoot through the mesh...which isn't always perfect. But, it's fun. Soccer is next!

Event Photography - Musical TheaterEvent Photography - Musical TheaterDiane playing waitress in Messiah UMC's musical theater. Event Photography - Musical TheaterEvent Photography - Musical TheaterAnna singing in Messiah's musical theater, she is playing the "jilted girlfriend." HS BaseballHS BaseballKyle starting to steal from second base.

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) baseball event high school musical https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/3/staying-busy Sun, 26 Mar 2017 11:59:12 GMT
The chicken crossing the road https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/3/the-chicken-crossing-the-road The East Gallery of the National Gallery of Art houses the more contemporary pieces...I always think of the huge Calder mobile in the center of the museum as well as the "Calder Room" in one of the towers. Since the building was renovated I found that walking around was much easier and more consistently "artistic" instead of the somewhat disjointed features of yesteryear's design. Of course, that's just my opinion. On the roof there is additional artwork including this giant blue chicken. All I could think about was that he was trying to get to the other side of the road...oww.

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) DC National Gallery of Art Washington https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/3/the-chicken-crossing-the-road Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:52:46 GMT
Victorian (?) ...Postcards from the Edge https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/3/victorian-postcards-from-the-edge I started experimenting with Photoshop layers, adding, changing, painting, blending, etc., to get sort of a yesteryear effect.  I really like Steampunk but don't have enough pictures of gears, steam, levers, etc., to add. I will be on the lookout. I am calling the collection "Postcard from the Edge" since in my eye, they have sort of a Sci-Fi look to them. I only have five in the portfolio now but will gradually add some more. I am using them on my other blog as signals of a rant-to-come. 

 

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) Cannons Manassas battlefield https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/3/victorian-postcards-from-the-edge Sun, 19 Mar 2017 16:45:05 GMT
My First Post https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/3/my-first-post I have been blogging at ThingsInotice and I will continue to put content on that site. For this blog however, I want to emphasize my art and not necessarily my writing habits or my random political thoughts.  I hope.

On this shot, I was in downtown Washington, D.C. around the middle of the day. I braced against a light pole and hand held this shot for blur motion effect shooting at ISO64, 12mm, f/22, .5sec.  The reflection of the blue sky in the glass building and the "Compass Coffee" signs gives the moving metro bus some context. This and other shots from my D.C. walkabouts can be found in Portfolios>DC Walkabouts.

Thanks for visiting!!

 

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leehalvorsen@mac.com (Lee Halvorsen) Washington blur motion street https://www.leehalvorsenphotography.com/blog/2017/3/my-first-post Sat, 18 Mar 2017 20:36:03 GMT