a teatray in the sky

too many names

Posted in 30D, Penn Quarter, Photography by firthefirst on March 18, 2010

the fam took a trip to see the National Portrait Gallery the other week and I made them wait in the car for a bit while I took a couple of shots around the MLK Jr. Memorial Library.  there was an exhibit titled “Lists: To-dos, Illustrated Inventories, Collected Thoughts and Other Artists’ Enumerations” that I really wanted to go see, and despite the fact that it’s a wee bairn of an exhibit, it did turn out to be quite a bit of fun.  despite the public image of grand artistes as free-wheeling cads, in reality I think a large portion of truly creative types are also truly obsessive and truly neurotic.  combine that with their capacity for wit, art, and ingenuity, and you get some really really cool lists.  and we all know how I feel about lists (does this mean I’m creative?) (more…)

blue sunday

Posted in 5D Mark II, Georgetown, Photography, Technique and Development, Washington, DC by firthefirst on March 16, 2010

it’s damn nice out today.  58 degrees.  I think I just saw bedouins outside my window.  so to cool you down, I decided to post an image from this past Sunday.  grim, eh? (more…)


Posted in 5D Mark II, Foggy Bottom, Food by firthefirst on March 15, 2010

for those of you who already peeked at Tina’s blog, you knew this.  for those of you who didn’t peek, now you know. 

besides the ongoing learning photography project, I’ve recently started another project, which is most likely the easiest out of all of these to accomplish.  it is, quite simply, to eat at all the restaurants on the Washingtonian Best Restaurants list.  yes, it’s bouge-y.  yes, it’s arbitrary.  yes, I hate rankings.  still. (more…)

what they say is true

Posted in 5D Mark II, Georgetown, Photography, Technique and Development by firthefirst on March 14, 2010

better gear doesn’t make you a better photographer.  it’s a tough pill to swallow, but we all have to own up to it sooner or later.  it’s one of those things in life that’s not like learning to ride a bike – you have to keep re-realizing this fact as you progress.

Tina and I spent part of the afternoon out and about in Georgetown, despite the rain.  part of it was shoe shopping (Tina) and part of it was seeing if the new 5D Mark II could really handle 10mm in 3 minutes (John).


a land flowing with milk and honey

Posted in 30D, 5D Mark II, Gearheadedness by firthefirst on March 13, 2010

the new Zorro

… is sort of what full frame cameras have been made out to be.  sure, you can get bigger, more expensive, more baller, more exotic gear (read: hasselblad digital back), but you can say that about pretty much anything these days.  hell, you could blow 25K on a Mont Blanc pen featuring a picture of Gandhi if you really wanted (here for those of you who really are both really ironic and desperate to shed cash).  but Canon’s 5D Mark II and Nikon’s D700 are the Corvettes of the camera world – adrenalin-pumping action and stunning performance and yet your children aren’t consigned to eating dog food for the next dozen years. (more…)


Posted in Defrag by firthefirst on March 12, 2010

not so much for you as for me.

I know what I want this blog to be, but am I what my blog wants me to be?  probably not yet.  getting there will be exciting.

yes, photography will be involved.  probably, architecture will be involved.  perhaps, thoughts of other things will permeate the blinking lines of pixels.  let us scheme, you and I…