Lincoln Memorial

Walking Washington, D.C. With a Useless Tripod

I was recently fortunate enough to spend a few days in our nations capitol. First, let me say it is one of the most amazing cities I have ever visited. There aren’t many large cities that draw me to them and make me want to return, but this one sure did. Secondly, I absolutely love cities that have figured out mass transit. It’s unfortunate that many cities in the west still don’t have viable mass transit available to their citizens.

Down to the Metro

Going Down to the Metro

Underground at the Metro

Underground at the Metro

The Metro

The Metro

Inside the Metro

Inside the Metro

I originally intended to write a short post about my experience trying to use a tripod as a hobbyist photographer in Washington, D.C. but it turned into a rather lengthy post about stupid policies preventing hobbyist photographers (read: tourists spending money) from using tripods (or in some instances telephoto lenses or worse, cameras with interchangeable lenses) to capture images of places they visit and things they experience. I rambled on about the, in my opinion, even stupider (or maybe just lazy) people who are tasked with administering and enforcing said policies who are not educated about what “commercial” means, or why a certain camera or accessory is considered “commercial.” I guess I expect too much of humanity. I digress, and share a few photos from my trip, enjoy.

Passing by the Washington Monument at night

Washington Monument at Night

Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

 

I took a very casual approach to my photos and didn’t wait for the perfect moment or for the long line of visitors to move on so I had a clear shot. I composed my images around other visitors and in different ways. The photo of the Washington Monument was taken out the car window as we accelerated from a traffic signal. Mister Lincoln was shot from the only clear angle in the room. I was impressed by how many people were inside the memorial.

I spent some quiet time reflecting at the World War II Memorial, pondering things my grandfather had written in his journal about his service in the Navy and experiences from Pearl Harbor to Midway.

Fountains at World War II Memorial

Fountains at World War II Memorial

Pearl Harbor at World War II Memorial

Pearl Harbor at World War II Memorial

 

Department of the Navy at World War II Memorial

Department of the Navy at World War II Memorial

Update: If you have any plans for visiting Washington, D.C. I highly suggest visiting David Coleman’s DC Photography Guide well in advance so you have time to properly plan and prepare.

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Charge Movie

Charge – The Dawn of Zero Emissions Racing

CHARGE captures a pivotal moment in motor sport history: the dawn of the zero-emissions racing era. It came on June 12th 2009, the day of the world’s first zero-emissions motorcycle grand prix. The race took place on the Isle of Man TT course, the most demanding and deadly circuit on the planet.”

Narrated by Ewan McGregor this looks to be an excellent film, not just because the race took place on the famed Isle of Man TT circuit but because we are just beginning to see the potential of electric motorcycles. If you don’t know why Ewan McGregor is the perfect narrator for this film you should watch Long Way Round.

 

 

You Tube Video: Charge

A few photos of my favorite electric road racer to date, the MotoCzysz E1pc.

Guts of the MotoCzysz E1pc

Guts of the MotoCzysz E1pc (Photo courtesy Michael Czysz)

MotoCzysz E1pc in action

Mark Miller and the MotoCzysz E1pc in action (Photo courtesy Michael Czysz)

Mark Miller aboard the MotoCzysz E1pc

Mark Miller aboard the MotoCzysz E1pc (Photo courtesy Michael Czysz)

Weston's Ratty

Weston's Rat Rod

I have seen this fabulous rat rod parked in the driveway of Dahn Automotive in downtown Chandler for some time but every time it’s there I either don’t have my camera (shame on me) or don’t have time (“if [Einstein] hadn’t been such a horndog we’d all have time machines by now”). Last week was my lucky moment when I noticed it parked there late in the afternoon. While the light was working against me (high, piercing sun from the southwest) I stopped and made the most of the opportunity anyway.

Weston Dahn, the proprietor of Dahn Automotive, was more than gracious and not only allowed me to crawl around this beauty but gave me a peek at his rock crawler as well. I felt right at home.

Weston's Ratty

Weston's Ratty

In addition to being one of the coolest rat rod’s I’ve recently seen, it’s propane powered to boot. Can’t go wrong with an environmentally friendly rod.

Environmental Rat

Environmental Rat

I’ve posted a few more images over on Flickr. I look forward to having another opportunity to shoot this beauty under better lighting conditions.

The Bonneville Project

The Bonneville Project

I’ve had dreams of running the Bonneville Salt Flats for about twenty-five years. Another movie about the sport of land speed racing can’t be too many. If you are unfamiliar with the salt flats a great place to start is by watching The World’s Fastest Indian. In my opinion, it’s Anthony Hopkins best performance (any performance on two wheels automatically gets bonus points).

“The opportunity to be creative here is what makes me want to come to work everyday.”

Vimeo video: The Bonneville Project – Teaser Trailer

The Bonneville Project