Archive for category: just for fun

January 22, 2015
22 Jan 2015

My first snow cone | 4K Video Production DC

Our daughter ate her first 100% organic snow cone today. Tonight when we left the house she asked to touch the snow. She reached down and grabbed it with both hands. Before I could blink, she was double-fisting the snow and trying to feed it to me. After her third bite she looked up at me and said “nummy”. Enjoy my latest 4K video production. Shot with a Sony PXW-FS7, Canon 24-105 f/4, Canon 300 2.8 f/2.8 and A few Metabones adapters.

 
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December 3, 2014
03 Dec 2014

Christmas in DC | National Harbor ICE! sculptures

Photo of National Harbor ICE! sculpture featuring Frosty the Snowman.

Are you looking for something fun to do with your friends, family, or in-laws? Do you want to make your friends from warmer climates pay for their endless stream of photos on social media that depict their warm winter paradise? Are you a human? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you need to visit the National Harbor ICE! 2014 exhibit featuring ‘Frosty the Snowman’ and his buddies. The exhibit is in a giant white dome thingy between The Gaylord and the water at National Harbor.

What you need to know:
1. It is truly 9 degrees Fahrenheit in the air-controlled tent of ice amazingness. Yes, they provide you coats but I would recommend that you wear mittens and a hat.
2. Ice producing companies (these exist?) from around the country have been making the ice for this exhibit for the past year!
3. You can get a little better price via Living Social
4. This exhibit is like a small city inside. It is huge and it will take you around 5-20 minutes to walk through. Longer if you try again and again to breach the sound barrier on the ice slide.
5. While you’re there be sure to check out the awesome Christmas tree on top of the Peeps store along the waterfront (see photo at the end of this post).

P.S. Don’t lick the ice!

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Photo of the national harbor christmas tree and the peeps store.

August 8, 2014
08 Aug 2014

The flamingo squabble | In light of Friday

This weeks “In light of Friday” series is taking a break from flowers. I went to The National Zoo only to find some squabbling Flamingo’s–they must be siblings.

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Two American Flamingos squabble at The Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C. © Garrett Hubbard 2014

 

 

January 28, 2014
28 Jan 2014

Mountain biking in the snow because you are a bit…

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I am crazy about mountain biking. I have some crazy friends. Said crazy friends ride bikes of the mountain variety. The aforementioned crazy friends invited me ride in the snow. I said yes and I had a great time mountain biking in the snow. Correction, I had a great time mountain biking in a snowstorm. My big takeaways are that snow provides a lot more traction than you might think and snow is slow and therefore tiring. Not to mention how exhausting it is for your body to keep you alive in the elements. Thanks Matt for helping me be a little crazy!

November 1, 2013
01 Nov 2013

Halloween Photo Booth by GH Studios v.2013

Another year, another Halloween photo booth. I’ve been doing this for a few years now in an effort to bless my neighbors with fun, free photos. We moved recently and I got to meet a lot more of my neighbors last night. The rain didn’t slow down the constant flow of ninjas, superheroes, and walking dead. However, I did put a bit of a damper on the way I wanted to light this.  All the parents were into it so I think I escaped the “creepy new guy in the neighborhood” label for now. I handed out my business cards to all the parents and I’ve already had one parent who received their photos say the following.

oh my goodness, those are awesome! thank you. the look on Asher (the front one) is priceless, so him :)thanks!!!

 

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Until next year, Halloween photo booth!

March 30, 2013
30 Mar 2013

Dragons rule the National Cherry Blossom Kite Festival

I had a picnic with my wife in the sunshine on the National Mall. It felt like vacation and it was wonderful. In a way that is exactly what it was, a vacation from the chilly grasp of winter which may last for another 7 months. Now that’s my kind of vacation! I don’t know of anywhere else you can go and catch 200 kites in flight. The National Cherry Blossom Kite Festival is a must do activity for any Washingtonian.

DC Photography| Kite Festival

More information about the Cherry Blossom Festival here.

March 10, 2013
10 Mar 2013

Baby perspectives: The baby photo booth reveals why babies really laugh and cry

Click on any baby photo booth image above to view full-screen and full-frame

Our dear friends threw us a co-ed baby shower and it was a ton of fun. I wanted to make a visual guest book for our daughter so she could someday see all the people who showered us with baby gifts galore and lots of love. I thought a baby photo booth was a great way to do that. In the weeks leading up to this shower my wife bought a playful background we could hang on the wall. But on the morning of the shower the creativity I had sought out to make this photo booth special landed right in my lap. A photo booth from a baby’s perspective. Yes! Leave it to the photojournalist to get the inspiration on deadline. After looking at these I now know why babies laugh and cry when they look up at us.

March 6, 2013
06 Mar 2013

Snowquester – Early afternoon. Winter continues its reign

Snowquester continues and a good time was had by all.

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March 6, 2013
06 Mar 2013

Snowquester – Lunch recess. Winter fights back.

Late morning Snowquester update:

It looks like the weather forecasters called in some favors after being mocked in the morning. The snow is falling quite steadily now yet the purple crocus will not have its limelight stolen by a little Snowquestration.

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Striving towards Spring.

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February 8, 2013
08 Feb 2013

Moonwalking in Yosemite. The $25,000 shot.

This is awesome. Beautiful photography, incredible feat of skill. Many thanks to my friend Jason for sharing this with me

There was lots of planning that went into it as well and I imagine that the director of photography cringed when the moon didn’t rise up perfectly between the two peaks. They shot it from over a mile away. So maybe they would need to be 200 yards to their left for it to be centered. It was filmed at Cathedral Peak in Yosemite, CA with a canon 800mm lens (pictured below). It was actually a little bigger than the image below because they also used a 2x teleconverter with it. When you look at that image you are looking at serious amounts of “compression”. Meaning, the distance between the layers of the objects in the picture look closer than they actually are. Or to put it another way, the distance is compressed. When was the last time you took a photo of someone with the moon in the background and your subject was actually smaller than the moon? Yeah, it’s never happened to me either.

This Canon 800mm f/5.6 lens retails for a mere $13,000. This is the type of lens “birders” (that’s photo slang for bird photographers) use. This is much longer than the lenses you’ll see on the sidelines at a typical NFL game. Those sports shooters usually use a 400 or 600mm lens which cost over $7,000 each. Photo by The Digital Picture

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