A Frame a Day (April)

April started off with a joke. Or at least it felt like it did. After waking up in a beautiful cabin (and a day of radiator trouble in the car), we decided to make a lazy breakfast and enjoy the 60-degree air on the patio. A cool breeze struck through the screen-less room. After half an hour of this, it was time to taste some wine, after all, we were in wine country. Barbousville Winery was only two miles away. About a quarter mile away, we were intending to make a left turn, but had stopped to allow opposing traffic to pass. All of a sudden we were hit from behind. Hard. So that’s how April began for me, with a wrecked car and a headache, literally.

The result of this accident is still lingering as I write this; Enterprise asked me to pay for a rental fee for damage waiver, State Farm claims I didn’t have a form or two, I have to get a notary signature for my car check, and had to go through the DMV process to get a new car. Somehow, as a victim, I still lose money: wages, car value, other fees like notaries and cab rides. It’s been a steep learning curve to auto insurance and accidents.

This April, I began umpiring for DC Fray. It’s a great side money and gets me outside for a few hours. A win-win in my book. April has been a creatively slow month. I haven’t felt the yearn to make images. This project, at many days, has felt like a chore, another task on the to-do list. There have been several factors leading into it maybe: the tiredness from umpiring twice a week, the lackluster training for a half-marathon, the increased work at my 9–5, the traveling to NYC to pick up a car. The long days are wearing me out a bit mentally, thus affecting my imagery. Call it a creative slump I suppose.

Mamyia RB67 with 90mm f/3.5 (Kodak Portra 400, scanned via D810 with Sigma 35mm)

Also this month, I shot my first wedding of the season. I think this 365 project has served as a spring training to the wedding. Dusting off certain gear, getting into the marathon of shooting, finding creative angles, etc. Weddings are always interesting. They require you to always be on the look out for moments: mother of the bride looking at the bride, a slight touch of the hand from groom and bride, a niece doing the Nae-Nae. These are moments you must always be looking out for and capturing. They happen at Major League speeds. Despite it all, I actually enjoy wedding. You get to spend an entire day with people who are in love and celebrate that love. Yes they are 14 hour days. Yes, you have to lug around 50 pounds of gear from place to place. And when you miss the most epic sunset due to speeches, it’s all okay. You’re there to capture moments between two people and it’s a very special feeling to be able to do so.

DJI Mavic Pro

I noticed after inputing all the images that I shot way more with my Nikon DSLRs and Mavic. I hope to continue diversifying my camera usage as the year goes on. In May, I do plan on doing same day developing for 35mm images, so stay tuned!

Over all, I don’t think I’m as happy with the middle April images as I am with March’s. Being busy has left me falling into too familiar patterns, which I hope to negate. On a positive note, we just hit the almost one-third mark.

April Photos:

April 1, 2017: We were in a very unfortunate car accident this day. We were hit from behind badly and are still a bit shaken up. Keeping our vibes high and positive. (DJI Mavic Pro f/2.2 | 1/1,600 | ISO 200)
April 2, 2017: After getting back late from Gordonsville, headed to Takoda for a drink. Walking home, this sweet ray of light was asking for a photo. (Fujifilm XE2 with Fujinon 23mm f/4 | 1/1,600 | ISO 200)
April 3, 2017: Day 1 of softball umpiring. (Fujifilm XE2 with Fujinon 23mm f/4 | 1/1,500 | ISO 200)
April 4, 2017: I had to visit Gordonsville to release my car to the auto shop and pick up something I left at the Airbnb. I stopped by Barbousville winery, the one we were supposed to visit but were rear ended. (Nikon D810 with Sigma 35mm ART f/4 | 1/5,000 | 200)
April 5, 2017: I walk by this sign weekly. It couldn’t be more prevalent in 2017. (Fujifilm XE2 with Fujinon 23mm f/5.6 | 1/1,000 | ISO 200)
April 6, 2017: I’ve been inspired by Humza Deas lately, and his love for reflections has rubbed off on me (Fujifilm XE2 with Fujinon 23mm f/4 | 1/1,000 | ISO 200)
April 7, 2017: Everything felt like a blur this week, hence the photo (Fujifilm XE2 with Fujinon 23mm f/8 | 1/8| ISO 400)
April 8, 2017: Another day of driving to Gordonsville to pick up things. See at Meridian Hill Park (Nikon D810 with Sigma 35mm ART f/4 | 1/2,500 | ISO 200)
April 9, 2017: Had to visit Gettysburg for a morning to help with Sigma Chi initiation, of course had to fly the drone (DJI Mavic Pro f/2.2 | 1/3,200 | ISO 200)
April 10, 2017: Golden Hour for day 100 (Fujifilm XE2 with Fujinon 23mm f/4 | 1/500 | ISO 200)
April 11, 2017: Can’t pass on free Nats’ tickets (Fujifilm XE2 with Fujinon 23mm f/2.8 | 1/1,000 | ISO 400)
April 12, 2017: Muscle on the Mall (Fujifilm XE2 with Fujinon 23mm f/1.4 | 1/180 | ISO 400)
April 13, 2017: Muscle on the Mall (Fujifilm XE2 with Fujinon 23mm f/1.4 | 1/180 | ISO 400)
April 14, 2017: Taken in Bridgewater, NJ (Nikon D810 with Sigma 35mm ART f/1.4 | 1/3 | ISO 800)
April 15, 2017: D is for…. Dallas! (Nikon D810 with Sigma 35mm ART f/1.4 | 1/160 | ISO 200)
April 16, 2017: Subway stops, still a classic for me (Nikon D810 with Sigma 35mm ART f/4 | 1/1,250 | ISO 200)
April 17, 2017: Invited out to the Inn at Little Washington. It was a beautiful and delicious (Nikon D810 with Sigma 35mm ART f/4 | 1/320 | ISO 200)
April 18, 2017: A beautiful day out so I decided to take the long way home (Fujifilm XE1 with Fujinon 23mm f/6.4 | 1/500 | ISO 200)
April 19, 2017: DuPont Alley (Nikon D810 with Sigma 35mm ART f/1.4 | 1/500 | ISO 200)
April 20, 2017: Foggy Bottom (Nikon D810 with Sigma 35mm ART f/2.2 | 1/6,400 | ISO 100)
April 21, 2017: Definitely a lazy day, but got lucky with a beautiful sunset (Fujifilm XE2 with Fujinon 23mm f/4 | 1/30 | ISO 200)
April 22, 2017: Shot with Brandon and Diana on their wedding day (Nikon D810 with Sigma 35mm ART f/1.4 | 1/800 | ISO 2500)
April 23, 2017: Another lazy day, but got lucky again with these colors (Fujifilm XE2 with Fujinon 23mm f/1.4 | 1/180 | ISO 200)
April 24, 2017: Commute to work; my soul (Fujifilm XE2 with Fujinon 23mm f/1.4 | 1/1,250 | ISO 200)
April 25, 2017: Where I park my car at work (Fujifilm XE2 with Fujinon 23mm f/4 | 1/250 | ISO 200)
April 26, 2017: On the way to work, a leaf with water droplets (Nikon D800 with Nikkor 28mm, freelensed f/2.8 | 1/320 | ISO 200)
April 27, 2017: Independence Ave (Nikon D800 with Nikkor 28mm (f/22 | 1/15 | ISO 100)
April 28, 2017: New murals in Admo (Nikon D800 with Sigma 35mm ART (f/1.4 | 1/6,400 | ISO 400)
April 29, 2017: Met up with Street Meet DC for the first time, hyped for the next one (Nikon D810 with Sigma 35mm ART (f/2 | 1/6,400 | ISO 200)
April 30, 2017: Got to use the 50mm after a while. Taken on the way to Logan Circle from Adams Morgan (Nikon D800 with Nikon 50mm (f/1.4 | 1/8,000 | ISO 100)