Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Looks Like Rain

Rainy day mosaic: intersection of Vermont and U Streets NW

Another shot at the same intersection with a Metro bus passing by

I went downtown the other day to meet my brother and pick up the croissants I left at Mom and Dad's the night before. (Silly, I know, but when you want a croissant, you want a croissant. Thanks goodness he works in the city and is so accommodating. Thanks, Bud!)

It was pouring rain and I noticed the mosaic quality of the buildings in between wiper swipes on my windshield. I had my camera along because I thought I'd do a little photo safariing, but alas, the rain deterred me. Still, I managed to capture this.

The intersection I'm waiting at is Vermont and U Street NW. One day I'll get out and take more pictures along U Street, but here's the important thing to know about U: for many, many years, it was called Washington's Harlem and the Black Broadway. Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald came up on this storied street. U Street is also home to Ben's Chili Bowl--a D.C. eating institution.

Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential, 2/08

4 comments:

Fénix - Bostonscapes said...

They are both wonderful. I love rain shots, especially rainy cityscapes. Glad you had your camera at hand. :)

D.C. Confidential said...

Fenix: Thank you! What I love about carrying a camera almost everywhere I go is how it's changed my perception of everything around me. I'm constantly looking at everything with new eyes and finding the photo-worthy character in whatever I can. It's fun and I love it!

Thanks for stopping by. I love your photo blog! I've only been to Boston once, but fell totally in love with it. I could live there in a heartbeat!

gara gillentine said...

These are great! Beautiful!
About a year ago I shot some candid images of my daughter talking with a friend. Of course there was movement going on and I found that it didn't really matter once i got home and loaded the photos into the computer. Some were not acceptable, but some were quite interesting. So what began as a little experiment turned into something that both of us agreed upong – a picture doesn't always have to be "in focus." Movement is truly interesting as a subject itself.

D.C. Confidential said...

Gara: I agree. I'm finding that sometimes the pictures I think aren't quite "perfect" are, in fact, just that because they're real and living and don't look as staged. I use to be bothered when random people would walk through a shot. Now I just let it happen and see what I end up with.