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Testing Canon’s RF 50mm f1.2

I am testing Canon’s RF 50mm f.1.2 lens. Both photos below were shot at f / 1.2. The image above was shot at f / 4.5. I am impressed with the color, contrast and sharpness. Comments are welcome.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington, DC – 1/2500 sec @ f / 1.2
Bronze statue of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk by the US artist Jeffrey L. Hall. Atatürk (1881-1938) was a Turkish field marshal, revolutionary statesman, author, and the founding father of the Republic of Turkey, serving as its first president from 1923 until his death in 1938.
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A Year of Covid

I made my first Covid image on March 14, 2020. It’s a photo of the beloved Avalon Theatre in Washington, DC. The Avalon, which opened in 1923, is the oldest operating movie house in the area. It remains closed but is offering movies for streaming during the pandemic.

Uptown Theater in Washington, DC closed during Covid-19 pandemic. © David H. Enzel, 2020.

A year later, I made this image on Capitol Hill. It shows the United States Capitol fenced off to protect our government from violent people while we all continue to wear masks to protect us from a deadly virus.

The U.S. Capitol is fenced off to prevent violence and people are masked to prevent Covid-19. © David H. Enzel, 2021

Where will we be a year from now?

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History Photography

Washington, DC on High Alert

This is a tense period in the nation’s capital. Key institutions look like an armed camp. I have lived in Washington over 40 years and have never seen anything like this.

The Supreme Court is surrounded by a protective fence. © David H. Enzel, 2021
The Capitol is fenced off and protected by the US Army after the storming of the Capitol on January 6, 2021. The flag is at half mast because United States Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick passed away due to injuries sustained while on-duty during the attack. © David H. Enzel, 2021
At approximately 9:30 p.m. on January 7, 2021, United States Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick passed away due to injuries sustained while on-duty. Officer Sicknick was responding to the riots on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol and was injured while physically engaging with protesters. He returned to his division office and collapsed. He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The death of Officer Sicknick will be investigated by the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch, the USCP, and other agencies. Officer Sicknick joined the USCP in July 2008, and most recently served in the Department’s First Responder’s Unit.© David H. Enzel, 2021
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History Photography Travel

The Sheridan-Kalorama Neighborhood of DC

Art on Call, Washington, DC, Artist: Peter Waddell Photograph: © David H. Enzel, 2021

Yesterday, I was walking in the Sheridan-Kalorama neighborhood of Washington, DC. I stumbled across one of the many works of art in Washington’s abandoned police and fire call boxes. The project is called “Art on Call.” I have been making photos of these call boxes as I come across them. They have educated me about the city’s rich history.

This call box explains that three chief justices of the United States Supreme Court lived in Sheridan-Kalorama:

  • William Howard Taft, the 27th President of the United States was appointed Chief Justice by President Harding, after serving as President. Taft is the only person to have served in both of these offices. He lived at 2215 Wyoming Avenue.
  • Charles Evans Hughes, a U.S. Secretary of State and an unsuccessful candidate for President in 1916, became Chief Justice in 1930 and resided at 2223 R Street.
  • Harlan Fiske Stone, a U.S. Attorney General, occupied 1919 24th Street. during his tenure.

In addition, other prominent Supreme Court justices have lived in Sheridan-Kalorama including Louis Brandeis, Joseph McKenna and Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female justice of the Supreme Court.

The rendering of the Supreme Court in the call box is the creation of Peter Waddell, a native of New Zealand who came to Washington in 1992 and became a U.S. citizen in 2002. Waddell’s beautiful paintings focus on America’s history and architecture. Waddell’s view of the United States is inspiring.

The Sheridan-Kalorama neighborhood also includes a number of diplomatic residences, including the residence of the French ambassador at 2221 Kalorama Road, shown below.

The French ambassador’s residence in Washington, D.C. is located at 2221 Kalorama Road, N.W., in the Kalorama neighborhood of northwest Washington, D.C. The residence was built in 1910. © David H. Enzel, 2021

The Sheridan-Kalorama neighborhood is worth visiting.

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Photography

2020 – Favorite Color Photos

Yesterday, I posted an album of my favorite black and white images from 2020. I don’t like mixing black and white and color images. So today I’m posting an album of my favorite color images from 2020.

Because of the pandemic, only one photo is from outside the Washington area. Early in 2020, I visited Chicago and saw Marc Chagall’s beautiful America Windows at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Although I missed traveling, I enjoyed exploring the Washington area, which has so much to offer.

Marc Chagall
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Looking Back on 2020

I gathered in one album what I consider the best black and white images I made in 2020. Topics include Covid, the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in September, the dedication of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial, also in September, and the November election. Through it all Washington, DC remains a beautiful, inspirational city.

What will 2021 bring?

Washington, DC (2020)