Christmas on Monument Ave – Richmond, VA

Was out with the group recently again to grab some great pictures of Monument Avenue in the city of Richmond. There are some great houses down there and they also do a great job at decorating and lighting them up for the holidays. It was a great time and there were plenty others walking down the avenue enjoying the lights with coco. I used my Canon 60D and EF-S 17-55mm f2.8 lens for all these shots with a tripod of course.

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These nice folks really like some nut crackers, they had 14-15 of them around their door way.

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The old Cadillac down on Monument is a well known icon down there and is always decorated like this each year with something different. There are reindeer on the end of the red ropes on the front of the car in a tree.

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Some of the Christmas Trees that are seen from outside in their windows downstairs are gorgeous as well.

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I took this picture from across the street and captured some light trails from the traffic in the area that night. I enjoyed the outcome.

Thanks for looking!

 

 

Richmond Lights

This past Christmas Holiday I went down to the flood wall on the Manchester side of the city to capture the lights of the city skyline. The edges of the buildings get festive and you can capture some great reflections on the James River. It go cool that night but the sky was clear and I had a great time with others out there.

Captured using a Canon 60D with EF-S 17-55mm f2.8 lens. 17mm, f22, 30 sec. 

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Otter Creek Early Fall

I took a nice long drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway this past fall which is really nice drive at that time of year. I recommend it to anyone for sure. Otter Creek is a creek that follows the parkway flowing south and meets the James River where the parkway is. No one stopped to look at the creek but plenty stopped at the overlooks.

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Richmond by Night

A month or so I had participated with my local club a walk at night to do some long exposure to capture our city. Richmond is a great city and has a lot of opportunities to take picures. This is the first time I really went downtown after dark to take photographs.

I used my Canon 60D with the 17-55mm f2.8 lens

The Main Street Station is a great piece of architecture and sites at the bottom of the city. The station was built in 1901 and still has trains pass through it all the time including Amtrack where you can get a ride. The road up to the left is Interstate 95 that was built pretty close to the station.

People also call it the clock tower but there is the main entrance to the station which is pretty nice inside. You can have your event inside and it is used quite a bit.

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Standing on the James Monroe Building we had a great angle of Interstate 95 and Main Street Station. The James Monroe building is the tallest building in the city and built in 1981. Stayed the tallest building in the state till 2007.

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We then checked out the state capitol which holds the oldest  legislative body in the western hemisphere when Virgina General Assembly was established in 1619, pretty interesting. It was completed in 1788 and is currently 227 years old.

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There was no one around except a few guards walking the grounds that night. Was a great night, little overcast.

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The fountains were nice to see and looked great when you long exposed them.

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Thanks for looking.

Peak of Fall

During the peak of the fall colors in Richmond I went out with a photography group to Maymont Park which is open to anyone and is a great place to walk around really. I took a few pictures that day and didn’t really like any of them. I took this and really enjoyed it and actually would like to try it again some time.

I took it with my Canon 60D on the 17-55mm 2.8 EF-S lens at f/11 and 1/125sec and 200 ISO.

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