Photodump: July 4th Friends Beach Trip

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Our friends beach trip tradition began back in May of 2008. We woke up only a few hours after our graduation celebration at TOTS ended, piled ourselves into cars and caravanned down to Myrtle Beach for a week in a tiny, run down three bedroom beach shack filled to the brim with 19 people.

It was the best time.

And so — every year since 2008 — we’ve made our annual pilgramage to the beach with some of our best buds. For the past few years we’ve been going to Nags Head over the 4th of July because fireworks on the beach are hard to beat (as is a free vacation day).

While Thursday was spent celebrating this great country of ours, Friday and Saturday were for the knock down drag out competition of Beach Olympics. Sixteen people, four teams, countless rounds in six different events over two days. Because I love a good excuse to use my tripod, we paused before the final event for some pretty priceless team photos and one last group shot of all the competitors.

The competition was so serious that Commissioner Hugh kept track of it on a complicated scoreboard that hung inside the tent all weekend reminding us to keep our game faces on.

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My team unfortunately had a few tough breaks and did not quite come out on top. But there’s always next year.

Moving Troyssie and Manual Sunsets

On Friday night I showed up at Jessie and Troy’s place with some pizza and PBR to help them get ready for their move the next day. And since I made them take a picture in front of their place when they moved in two years ago, I forced them to take another as they moved out.

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I am also resolving lately to get better at taking pictures. Normally I shoot on Aperture Priority mode (Av) — setting the f-stop and ISO for each picture depending on the light and the subject, but letting the camera handle shutter speed on its own (because managing a third setting at the same time seems like just enough to drive me nuts). But I’m forcing myself to shoot fully manually lately, and I think I’m a better more patient person for it.

Case in point, setting everything yourself results in some pretty rad sunset photos.

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Photodump: Memorial Day Weekend

This whole job change thing has distracted me from social media for the last few weeks, so I’m offloading some of the thousands (not kidding — thousands) of photos I’ve taken recently.

For Memorial Day weekend, Hugh, Elizabeth and I joined my family for a few chilly days down by the Bay where we ate oysters, drank watermelon beer, played some cornhole and did some sitting.


We made it back in time to spend Memorial Day out and about in the DC area with Hugh’s parents. On the agenda: a morning kayak/canoe on the Potomac and an afternoon Bowie Baysox game.

Photodump: Recent Touristing in DC

Since I won’t do anything else with them, I’m photodumping some pictures I’ve taken around DC recently.

First: A freezing cold Sunday afternoon in February, Hugh and I visited the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial since neither of us had paid it a solid visit since its opening.

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IMG_1553A few weeks ago, I went on a work-sanctioned morale-boosting photo tour of the Tidal Basin to see the cherry blossoms. Unfortunately, they hadn’t quite blossomed yet so I took pictures of other things.

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