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On Taking Pictures DC Meetup

I spent most of today in DC, at a meetup with the hosts of the On Taking Pictures podcast, as well as a good-sized group of listeners. We started out at the Smithsonian American Art Museum to see the Irving Penn exhibit, and then broke out to walk around the area shooting for a while, and finished off the day with food, drink, and conversation at Hill Country BBQ. The Penn exhibit was phenomenal, if a little overwhelming, feature 146 intense images. The range of his work was much broader than I realized, and I was particularly interested in some of his street photography from the 1940s. Of course, they had all the iconic images on display. One thing that I found impressive was the quality consistency of then printing of the gelatin silver prints. There were several examples of prints made from images that were probably on the same roll of film, but the prints were made decades apart, yet the prints looked as if they could have been made the same day.

After taking in the exhibit for an hour or so, we headed out for an hour of shooting in DC. In all honesty, I’m not a DC person. I worked there for better than 15 years, and frankly, that was enough of the city for me. So, I took this as a “shoot more eggs” opportunity, and with a few other group members, looked around Chinatown and the nearby area for anything interesting to shoot. I carried the Fujifilm X-E1 with the 18-55mm lens, and the iPhone 6s.

After the walk, we gathered for food and drink and conversation, and a great time was had by all. I especially enjoyed meeting the guys who ride (virtually) to and from work with me once a week. And, of course, it was fun hanging out with like-minded people to talk about photography and pretty much whatever else came to mind. I’m already looking forward to the next one!

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