Thursday, February 19, 2009

Williamsburg Artistic

The Governor's Palace : Colonial Williamsburg

This year, as part of my participation in a group of artists and photographers who are seeking to expand our respective crafts, I'm trying to refine my photography and not simply snap pictures of every little thing I see. To this end, when I was in Jamestown and Williamsburg last week, I tried to be selective about what I photographed and how I framed it. You've seen some of the results of that in my pictures featuring Jamestown. Today's pictures are from Colonial Williamsburg.

Draw the Shutters : George Whyte Plantation : Colonial Williamsburg

Founded in 1632 as the seat of British government in the Virginia Colony and originally called Middle Plantation, Williamsburg became the capital of the colony in 1698. Today, city of Williamsburg, Virginia, is populated by nearly 12,000 souls and is the home of the College of William & Mary.

Armaments : Entry Hall at the Governor's Palace : Colonial Williamsburg

Historic, or Colonial, Williamsburg is a 301-acre restored historic area that includes a reconstruction of the Governor's Palace, a munitions bunker, Virginia's first capitol building, Bruton Parish Church (the oldest continuously-operating Episcopal church in America), and the homes and businesses of many of America's early colonialists. Men like George Washington, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, and others walked these streets or lived here.

Spun and Dyed Yarns in the Rafters : Weaver's Building : George Whyte Plantation : Colonial Williamsburg

I can't say winter is the best time to visit Colonial Williamsburg, though the one advantage is, the crowds are small. I'm told this area is particularly beautiful in the spring and fall, so I have a feeling I'll be going back at some point. A note on the side about this historic place: were it not for the foresight of the Rev. Dr. W.A.R. Goodwin, pastor of Bruton Parish in the 1950s, and the generosity of philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr., Williamsburg might not be the preserved historic site it is today.

Detail : Gun Stocks : Armory : Colonial Williamsburg

To see more pictures of Colonial Williamsburg, click on the slideshow below.

Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential, 02/09


Lucy said...

I like the idea of Williamsburg. But when I went there I got really disillusioned. They have made it into such a tourist trap. I got really tired of all that.

nessabates said...

I have to say I think you did pretty awsome with the framing. These photos turned out great! I love the 2nd one the best. They are worthy of wall hanging. But thats just my opinion :)

D.C. Confidential said...

Lucy: I think in the winter, it's a little less commercialized. I can imagine that in the good weather months, it can get a bit overrun by people who have come down to go to Busch Gardens and just happen to go to Colonial Williamsburg as sort of an aside. As they're the lowest common denominator when it comes to tourists, I think a lot of sites end up catering to that. That's unfortunate for those of us who enjoy history and do our reading and come prepared to interact with the site.

Nessa: Thank you! I appreciate the feedback, especially about the "hang-worthiness" of some of my pictures. That's good information to have as my goal is to start offering my photos for sale in the next few months.

nessabates said...

I just got my first DSLR for Christmas and I am working on learning how to use it. Everything up to this point has been point and shoot. I do photography for fun but everyone tells me that I am good at it and should make money in some way with it. I hope to some day sell my photos too

Bob Crowe said...

Hey, sorry no notes in so long. Traveling, new dimenstion in overwork, the usual excuses.

These are really cool. Never been to Williamsburg. The look-through the blue into the red room and the crossed swords are very eye-catching, very well composed.

Do you happen to use Photoshop? If so, I can tell you how to correct that spherical bulging effect you sometimes get from a short focal length like in the blue-red rooms. Very simple once you know the trick.

BTW, I'll be at my hotel in Arlington 3-ish on Monday, March 2 and have the rest of the day/evening free. Don't know about the next couple of days until we get our schedule of appointments on the Hill after arrival.

Maya said...

I think your efforts really show in these photos. They are amazing!

D.C. Confidential said...

Nessa: You have a great eye! I was looking at your blog last night and was totally blown away by some of your photos. You should definitely keep it up and think about selling your stuff.

Bob: I use Apple's iPhoto software to edit my photos. It's pretty limited in what it can do. I also have access to a copy of Apple's Aperture software, but I haven't tried that yet. Would love to get Photoshop. As for your visit here, Monday, March 2 should work just fine. I'll email you.

Maya: Thanks! I'm trying.

Cele said...

Beautiful, absolutely beautiful.

D.C. Confidential said...

Cele: Thank you!

gogouci said...

great photo series.

D.C. Confidential said...

Gogouci: Thank you!