Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Seen on a Warm Summer's Evening... And a Question
Yesterday's venue for walking was a stretch of trails in Rock Creek Park that borders Oregon Avenue NW and took in part of the Barnaby Woods neighborhood between Missouri, Utah, Nebraska, and Oregon Avenues. (I covered a lot of states in just two miles!) Along the way, I saw community gardening, U.S. Park Police horses, deer, cardinals (elusive little buggers. I must get a camera with a longer lens so I can take better pictures of these beautiful birds), sunsets, and fireflies (anyone have any experience photographing blinky butts? I want to do a timed exposure of their blinking mating habits, but thus far, have not succeed.) Here are yesterday's pictures. To see a few more, visit Standing Room Only.
And now, here's a question for you with a little bit of a preface. I love my activity as an amateur photographer. I especially enjoy night photography. Last night, when I couldn't sleep, I sat in my home office looking out the window and enjoying a beautiful, nearly full moon on a clear, cloudless night. I wanted to grab my camera, get in the car, and spend an hour or so taking pictures at 1:30 a.m. As a woman in an urban setting who doesn't live in Georgetown--the only neighborhood in the city with a below average crime rate--I know it isn't prudent to be out alone in the wee hours of the morning for the sake of a good picture. And that irks me.
So, here's the question for everyone. How do you keep spontaneity in your photography activities without jeopardizing your safety? I'm especially interested in hearing from women photographers living and shooting in urban settings, but all comments, regardless of gender or locale, are welcome.
Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential, 07/08