Thursday, August 27, 2009

Late Summer Evening in Washington DC

Wednesday night I met up with my old photography teacher for an "on location" class downtown. The class was spent mostly at the Tidal Basin and FDR Memorial. Here are a few photo's from the night.

This was taken before the class, the sun setting on the Potomac River.

It's bird, it's a plane, it's a helicopter going past the Washington Monument.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

National Harbor Maryland

This weekend I didn't have much planned, so I drove to National Harbor which is located on the Potomac River near the Wilson Bridge (and near the Maryland/Virginia border). This huge complex in Maryland opened a few years ago, and is home to the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, six hotels, more than dozen upscale restaurants, shops and lots of activities. It can be reached by car or water taxi (from Georgetown and Alexandria). This is first photograph is the view from the convention's center lobby bar.

This is from 19th floor of the Gaylor hotel. This the National Harbor Marina with the Woodrow Wilson Bridge in the background.

This is the famed "Awakening" statue that was moved (after being sold by a private owner) from Haines Point in Washington D.C. to this location.

You can rent bikes, seaways, and sailboats....

Earlier this year, Disney announced they bought 15 acres for a 500 room Resort Hotel on National Harbor Complex (which is 300 acres).

Saturday, August 15, 2009

NYC: From Soho to Upper West Side

I spent less than 48 hours in New York City.. and thanks to the great subway system covered a lot ground in Manhattan. This building is in Soho...

Upper West Side, this the Rose Center for Earth and Space @ American Museum at Natural History.

I couldn't stop thinking about Robin Williams character in the hit movie "Night at the Museum" when I saw this statue outside the Museum of Natural History. If you haven't seen the movie, he plays Theodore Roosevelt the main statue that comes alive after dark.

Back in Soho... outside a pub/bar, I loved this art work...

While in NYC, I went inside two Museums. The first was the International Center of Photography near Bryant Park. The second (below) is my favorite NYC Museum, the Guggenheim designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. In October, it will celebrate it's 50th Anniversary of its dedication. On display now is tribute to the famed architect Wright with sketches of his built and unbuilt building from across the country.

Times Square at night...

Friday, August 14, 2009

Yankee Stadium 2009 # 2

More photos from the Yanks-Blue Jays Game on Wednesday. Which had two solo home runs by Yankees...

Scary moments in the first inning when the Captain Derek Jeter was hit by a ball. He had to come out later in the game.

Johnny Damon at the plate...

Alex Rodriguez at the plate...

Robinson Cano after a solo home run, touching the plate.

Tomorrow I will post some photos from New York City (from Soho to Midtown to Upper West Side)

Yankee Stadium 2009 # 1

Earlier this week I went to the new Yankee Stadium (for the first time) and saw a day game against the Blue Jays. The weather wasn't the best (light rain for a couple of innings) however the game was exciting and the stadium was awesome! I took a lot of photos (what do you expect) but I have narrowed them down to two postings. Here are some inside and outside photos of the stadium.

This was the view for the stadium from my seat. Section 307, Row 10, Seat 1.

Everyone at the stadium had different Yankee jerseys on. But I thought this one represent the storied history of the Yanks. For you non baseball fans, from left to right: Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, and Mariano Rivera (the Yanks current ace closer)
Before the game, I waited in about a 40 minute line to get into Monument Park in the outfield. This is were all the great Yankees (who's jerseys have been retired) are honored. For a life long Yankee fan, it was a treat!

Later today I will post photos from the game. BTW, the Yanks won in extra innings. It's been a great season so far!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Wildwood New Jersey

It's vacation week! First stop was Philadelphia and then my friend and I (and his two young daughters) drove down to the NJ Shore and spent the night in Wildwood New Jersey.

These first two photo's were taken just after and before sunrise. I hadn't planned to be up at early, but my friend had to take care of a high fever child and I decided to take advantage of being near the ocean at that hour. Unfortunately there was a lot of clouds and I didn't have a picture perfect sunrise. But I like this seagull in the little puddle on the beach just after sunrise.

The boardwalk can be pretty quiet before sunrise. Not sure where this guy was going (maybe work?)

Sunday Night after eating dinner and the kids went on some rides (and adults went on the Ferris Wheel too) then a torrential rain storm hit the boardwalk with amazing lighting too! The fire department came out to up right this tram shelter on the boardwalk.

I love this sign! This was shot pre-sunrise Monday morning!

Another storm photograph from Sunday Night. A lot of people were running for cover.

According to wikipedia, this is the tallest ferris wheel on the East Coast. I can tell you when it stopped at the very top, my fear of heights came back to me very quickly.

I was lucky enough to be in Wildwood for the 16th Annual Rubber Ducky Regatta at Raging Waters Water. We did not stay to see which duck won. How can you tell the difference?
This is view of downtown boardwalk and amusement parks from the top of the ferris wheel.

Next stop New York City tomorrow (with visit to new Yankee Stadium on Wednesday) lots of photo's for the blog!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Legg Mason Tennis Classic

Spent Thursday Night at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Rock Creek Park in DC. The feature match of the night was the # 1 seed Andy Roddick vs. Sam Querry. Roddick beat Querry 7-6, 6-4. It was Roddick's 500th career win, and he was presented a cake after the match.

This is Sam Querry, from California. The 21 year old made Roddick earn his 500th victory.

It was sell out crowd Thursday Night.

Before the Roddick match, I saw the defending champion Juan Martin Del Porto beat Lleyton Hewitt 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 in a very entertaining match!

This is Hewitt, who I was pulling for but he came up short.

Monday, August 3, 2009

26 Hours in NE PA: Part 2 Baseball

Saturday Night was spent @ PNC Field in Moosic, PA (near Scranton/Wilkes-Barre). In 2007 the NY Yankees AAA team moved from Columbus Ohio to this field. This field had been the home for the Phillies for more than 15 years.

I will be heading to the Bronx next week, to photograph and take in my first game at the new Yankee Stadium... This poster got me very excited for my trip (and upcoming vacation).

I always love the guys (possibly father and son) who stay in the very top seats, even though lower seats are available.
The Yankees mascot was hit among the kids.

This was the ground crew working in between games (it was a doubleheader). They had about 25 minutes between games.

This Yankee hitter got a free pass to first base, after being hit by a ball thrown my the Red Sox pitcher.

As I wrote in Sunday's blog posting, the Yankees beat the Red Sox in both games (8-2, 4-0).