Fireworks – Washington, DC

Shooting fireworks is a bit like shooting sunsets – shots are easily boring unless they show more than fireworks or a glowing sun.  The context of the full frame really matters.

Exceptions occur when there’s something unusual.   While shooting July 4th fireworks last week, I didn’t have much context to work with, so I was glad that the show had (at least for me) a few surprises.

4th of July fireworks from the roof of Laura Bachurski's apartment building 4th of July fireworks from the roof of Laura Bachurski's apartment building

Guanajuato (Mexico)

Somewhat analogous to our Lexington and Concord, Guanajuato was the the site of the first battle of the Mexican War of Independence.   Served by a unique subterranean road network,  Guanajuarto today is a vibrant commercial, academic, and artistic city.  It’s the home of one of the most important artistic and cultural events in Mexico and Latin America – the annual Festival Internacional Cervantino, which began 60  years ago with street performances of short plays by Cervantes.

The Mercardo Hildago – a large, enclosed, central market with all the essentials:

Surprise at the Hirshhorn Museum

Art museums are rarely photo-friendly, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that I could shoot in the Hirshhorn Museum’s current exhibit: Suprasensorial: Experiments in Light, Color, and Space; glad I had my camera.

Another surprise was how much I enjoyed shooting it.  I like shooting to capture moments in life; shooting to capture light, color, and space…not so much.  But it was interesting, challenging, and rewarding – well worth a visit if you’re in DC (the exhibit closes on 13 May).   It’s good to shoot outside of one’s comfort zone.

Suprasensorial: Experiments in Light, Color and Space - Hirshhorn Museum

Suprasensorial: Experiments in Light, Color and Space - Hirshhorn Museum

And it turned out there were moments in life:

Suprasensorial: Experiments in Light, Color and Space - Hirshhorn Museum