Photos: Smithsonian’s National Zoo

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My niece is in town and we decided to visit the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in nearby DC. Despite the hot weather, the place was packed with tourists. The hot weather made the animals seek shelter, the tourists (especially kids) were constantly in the way of my camera, and my zoom lens (Tamron 70-300) missed focus a lot, but I was still able to find a few pictures worth sharing with you. Would you like to know more? Continue Reading.

Photos: Smithsonian Udvar-Hazey Center

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It was awesome to get to the visit the Udvar-Hazey center near Dulles Airport, VA. The museum has free admission, but charges big-city prices for parking. I continued to improve my flash photography skills, using a 600EX-RT clone flash unit. Challenges at the hangar were the varying intensity and color of light, and having to use the camera hand-held, instead of being able to use a tripod or at least a monopod to let me… Would you like to know more? Continue Reading.

Photos: Mount Vernon, Virginia – Second Visit

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It was fun to revisit George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon, Virginia, on May 15, 2017, with my beautiful, gorgeous, amazing, gracious, and generous wife Holly (who lets my buy camera equipment) and my mother who was visiting and was enjoying seeing the District of Columbia sites for the first time since childhood. I’ve been working on my fill flash photography skills; you can tell that they’re not great yet. I wish I had photos from… Would you like to know more? Continue Reading.

Photos: Baoer 801 Fountain Pen

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I bought a pen at the BWI Fountain Pen show last Saturday. My searches on Google, Amazon, and Ebay have failed to locate the exact make and model. UPDATE: I’ve discovered that it is most likely a Baoer 801- It’s silver, thin and looks similar to the Jinhao 126, with differences. It has a hooded nob and the finial is longer than the pictures I’ve seen. Additionally, the clip design is a little different and… Would you like to know more? Continue Reading.

Photos: Mount Vernon, Virginia (Oct 2016)

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I had the opportunity to visit President George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon, Virginia in October, 2016. I developed a deeper understanding of the man, rather than the one-dimensional saintly impression that schools often teach. We also visited Historic Occoquan, which I highly recommend to others looking for something interesting and historic to do. Would you like to know more? Continue Reading.