Sunday, April 8, 2018

Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin

Spring has finally arrived - but it doesn't quite feel like it.  The cherry blossoms hit peak bloom this past week, so Saturday morning I braved 40 degree temps and strong winds (it was cold!), but was rewarded with the always beautiful cherry blossoms.

Unfortunately, the clouds were low and heavy, so there was no pretty sunrise. That didn't stop me from walking along the tidal basin for a bit to enjoy the blossoms. Since I parked fairly close to the Roosevelt Memorial, I made my way through the sprawling memorial, and took my time to photograph along the way.

This photo just barely caught my eye as I was headed back to the car, but I quite like it.

Afterwards, I caught up with Ian and the Boy Scouts, where we spent a freezing night. Thankfully they already had a fire going when I arrived, and we kept it going until it was time to go to bed.

Hope all is well,


Sunday, February 25, 2018

Quick Update

Nothing terribly new here - it had just been such a long time (two months!) since I have broken out the camera and lighting gear to snap some photos.

Christina came to visit, and we all went to the National Geographic Museum to take the Holy Land tour, which had some 3D flyover stuff.  All in all, it was pretty cool.

We then walked through a photography exhibit, where a guy blends a bunch of photos so that day and night are all in one photo.  On the way out, we had to pass through the gift shop. Leah found a pair of shark tooth earrings that she wanted.

So of course I teased her that she could say she punched the shark that bit her (surgery scar). I thought I'd like to take her photo with her new earrings, and together we came up with the above look. A little rough and tumble girl with her shark tooth earrings.

I couldn't just set up all the lights and not get Ian's photograph. He just wanted to get it done rather than come up with a concept, like I did with Leah. Still, I think his photo turned out pretty good, too.

Later this evening, Christina wanted a photo with all of us, but Catherine had already showered and was in her PJs, so we settled for a couple of fun photos with just her and the kids.

Have a great day everybody!


Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!

2017 was a good year...

Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2018...

Happy New Year from the Skinners on this frigid New Year's day!



Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everybody!

We stayed home for Christmas this year.  While on the one hand we missed the comfort and joy of time spent with family, on the other we enjoyed staying home and enjoying a quiet Christmas here.

The kids slept in until about 9 this morning, which was a Festivus miracle!

After gifts and Catherine's pancake breakfast, I had an itch to break out the camera and get the kids' photos.

I have had this photo of Leah with a lantern in the snow in my mind since last year.  I finally got of my butt and took the photo.  Sadly, we didn't have real snow, so digital snow will have to do.

For Ian, I was thinking something along the lines of Guardians of the Galaxy (Starlord).  I don't think we did it (we don't have the right clothes/costume to make that happen), but I do think we had a nice time.

From our family to yours, we wish you a very blessed Christmas.  May your days be merry and filled with the laughter of loved ones!



Saturday, November 11, 2017

Just having fun

I switched my photo library software system recently, and while I was digging around, I thought that I hadn't taken any photos of the kids for a while.  So rather than sit at my computer, I broke out the gear.

Ian was a willing participant.  We play a game on the Playstation where some of the characters sit like this:

Ian thought it would be fun to recreate that - so voila!

I then switched lenses and went with something more traditional.

Leah didn't want to play along at first since she didn't get out of her pajamas all day (it has been COLD! - it was a great day to stay inside), but once I convinced her it was just a headshot, she came along.

Otherwise, nothing new here.  Have a great day!


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Fall color

I took my camera for a spin at Great Falls National Park this afternoon, hoping beyond hope that some color was still on the trees.

I was away last week during the peak of color around here, and we had a couple of storms move through that knocked a bunch of leaves down.

Fortunately, there were still some leaves on the trees - the walk down to the river convergence was a bit bleak, but I got a bit lucky on this one.

Hopefully I can time this better next year!

Have a great day,


Saturday, October 21, 2017

Manassas National Battlefield Park and Harper's Ferry

Wednesday morning I got up early and drove out to Manassas National Battlefield Park, site of two Civil War battles.

I have never been there before, and I did absolutely no Civil War research; I was primarily interested in walking around and pointing my camera at things.  I started out at a farmhouse near the visitor center, and then walked several miles in a big loop.

The light didn't pan out, but it was a nice walk.  Thursday evening I drove to Harper's Ferry, WV to take in the site above the town.

The hike was only about a mile and half, but it was mostly up.  I wasn't the only one who thought to take in a pretty sunset while overlooking Harper's Ferry, but it wasn't crowded, either. 

Have a great day everybody!