Museum of Natural History

Natural History


There are so many different photogenic subjects in Washington DC. On New Years Day this year, I spent the day with my family wandering the area around the Smithsonian museums.  We only had a day and clearly there’s way more to see than a day allows. Thankfully we can go back any time via a short ride on the Metro from Northern Virginia. One of the museums we really enjoyed was the Museum of Natural History.

I was looking long and hard at the shapes, textures and lines of the building while I thought about how I wanted to capture the building. I liked the contrast of the blue sky and the tight pattern of clouds against the stone of the building. Simple fine tuning in Lightroom and I was happy with the image.


© 2014, The F/Stop Guy: Museum of Natural History


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: X-E2
  • Taken: 1 January, 2014
  • Exposure bias: +1EV
  • Flash fired: no
  • Focal length: 35.8mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/850s
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Shenandoah Valley Sunset

Sunset over the Shenandoah Valley


I managed to spend some time in Shenandoah National Park during the first week of May. Any time I can get into the Shenandoah Valley for photography I make a run for it.

As luck would have it, on this day the wind was howling. According to the weather app on my iPhone, the winds were blowing in the 30 mph range with gusts to 40 mph. Not much of an environment for shooting steady shots. I set up at the Spitler Knoll overlook on Skyline Drive and prepared to try shooting this sunset. I mounted my Fuji X-T1 with the Fuji 23mm lens on a tripod and then used my entire camera bag hanging from the tripod hook to attempt to hold it in place. I bracketed heavily between gusts and took more than a normal number of shots to ensure I got something that was sharp.

Many of them weren’t sharp enough due to timing the gusts wrong, but this one worked well for me. Fine tuning of exposure took place in Lightroom 5 and Nik Color Efex Pro.


© 2014, The F/Stop Guy: Shenandoah Valley Sunset

  • Aperture: ƒ/16
  • Credit: Ken Rowland
  • Camera: X-T1
  • Taken: 4 May, 2014
  • Focal length: 23mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/6s
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Some Gave All

Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC

Today marks another Memorial Day in the United States. I never served in the military so it’s hard for me to identify with what our soldiers go through while serving. We are blessed to have men and women in this country that are willing to give of themselves to protect the liberties that we all take for granted. I am grateful to them for protecting my freedoms and rights. Thanks to all our men and women who have served or continue to serve and to those that have died fighting for us.


© 2014, The F/Stop Guy: Some Gave All

  • Aperture: ƒ/5
  • Credit: Ken Rowland
  • Camera: X-T1
  • Taken: 8 March, 2014
  • Exposure bias: -2EV
  • Flash fired: no
  • Focal length: 20.5mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/3000s
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Old Barn #2

Old Barn in Loudoun County, Virginia

We read about a gradually recovering economy across the United States. Here in Northern Virginia, the economic growth is growing at an exceptional pace. Construction activity in this area is amazing. For that reason, an old barn like the one above is in serious danger of demolition as land is cleared to make way for more houses, town homes and apartment complexes.

As I’ve traveled around Northern Virginia, I’ve made note of a number of old buildings like this that may not last much longer. This old barn and the adjacent farmhouse are next to a rapidly expanding subdivision of new homes. The contractors are already pushing dirt around near this barn. It’s just a matter of time before it’s gone. I want to preserve more of these buildings as I find them so I, at the very least, can remember what was once here.


© 2014, The F/Stop Guy: Old Barn #2


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Credit: Ken Rowland
  • Camera: X-T1
  • Taken: 21 April, 2014
  • Flash fired: no
  • Focal length: 39mm
  • ISO: 200
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