Featured Image of the Week – 9/1/2014

“Lincoln Memorial”

This week’s Featured Image of the Week is a shot of the statue inside the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. The final image is a result of capturing three images at the memorial (a bracketed set) and using Lightroom, Photoshop and onOne Perfect Effects to create my final image.

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Martin Luther King, jr. Day

Each year, on the third Monday of January, Americans celebrate the birthday of Martin Lugher King, Jr. (his actual birthday is January 15th but we observe his birthday with a federal holiday).

On numerous occasions I’ve visited the Martin Luther King, jr. Memorial in Washington, DC and it’s one of my favorites (especially during the Cherry Blossom Festival). The above picture was taken during the 2013 Cherry Blossom Festival.

Monuments of Gettysburg

Recently I made a trip to Gettysburg, PA where the famous Civil War Battlefield celebrated the 150th anniversary of the battle that became the turning point in the war. Everywhere I looked I saw incredible Monuments to the brave men who fought here. It’s an amazing place (especially if you’re an American history buff like I am).

On July 1-3, I toured the battlefield and participated in every ranger program I could. After the programs concluded I spent a considerable amount of time walking the battlefields and photographing the many monuments and memorials. In this blog post I’ll share a bunch of the pictures from my battlefield visit (and in future posts I’ll go into more detail about my three day experience).

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Rolling Thunder 2013

This year, on Memorial Day weekend, I traveled into Washington, DC to witness Rolling Thunder 2013. No words or pictures can begin to show how incredible it was. I’m a big supporter of veterans and I’m fortunate to know so many men and women who are serving or have served in my nations military. The 2013 Rolling Thunder was the 26th running of the event and if you talk with any of the veterans they’ll be quick to tell you: “This is a demonstration, NOT a parade.”

Each year hundreds of thousands of veterans and their motorcycles travel to Washington, DC to participate in this Memorial Day tradition. For this blog post I’ll be sharing my Rolling Thunder story along with some images I captured at this years event (and a few facts I learned along the way).

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The Maker’s Mark Distillery Tour

Recently I took the Maker’s Mark Distillery Tour in Loretto, Kentucky and for this blog entry I’ll share some of my pictures along with a few things I learned on my visit. It all started with a long drive… As in ten hours of long drive. I began in northern Virginia and I drove through West Virginia with a final destination of Bardstown, Kentucky.

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Three days in Kentucky

Last week I got to spend three days in Kentucky. It’s been a long time since I’ve visited the state and I have to say that I really enjoyed myself. My primary objective was to take the Makers Mark Distillery tour where I’d be picking up my special ambassadors bottles of bourbon. I spent most of a day at the distillery and it was absolutely incredible!

If you want to see the entire story about my Maker’s Mark Tour be sure to click here.

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the 2013 Presidential Inauguration | My Experience and some Pictures from the Inauguration

On Monday (January 21, 2013) I attended the 2013 Presidential Inauguration. This was the historic second inauguration of Presiden Barack Obama and while it didn’t draw the same size crowd as the first inauguration it was still the biggest crowd I’ve ever seen. According to the news over 800,000 people attended the inauguration ceremonies (with some estimates over one million) and it was officially one of the highest attendances for a second inauguration of a president. For this blog entry I want to share my experience and some pictures from the inauguration.

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Photography From a Moving Car

Some of my favorite shots over the years have involved movement. I started shooting movement when I worked at Ford Design and I continue to explore new ways to capture a feeling of movement in a still image.

On my last trip into the Shenandoah Mountains to photograph the fall colors I decided to capture some shots of the colored leaves from my car (while driving 30 mph on Skyline Drive). For this blog entry I’ll share some of my current techniques to capture these kinds of shots in camera.

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My Trip to Antietam

Recently I took a trip to see the Battlefield Park at Antietam, MD.

I love visiting historic sites and I’ve been trying hard to see as many Civil War Battlefields as I can because so many of the battlefields are marking the 150th anniversary of major battles. In July of last year I attended the Sesquicentennial Event at Manassas National Battlefield Park and I had an incredible time talking with dignitaries, re-enactors and historians. I can’t wait to go to another 150th event.

My trip to Antietam wasn’t on a historically significant date but the experience was still pretty awesome. The Battles at Antietam became Americas bloodiest single day with 22,720 casualties (dead, wounded or missing/captured).

This blog entry will have some of the pictures I took on my visit and I’ll share a few interesting things I learned about Antietam.

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