What I learned at a photo exhibit, plus photos

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On a rare day off when our 2-yr (J) daycare was still in-session, I went on a photo-walk with some co-workers/photographers around the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA.

Old Town, Alexandria | copyright by Lisa C. Ng for Boats | copyright by Lisa C. Ng for

All photos: Canon T1i | 50mm | ISO 100 | Aperture priority | f/3.5

As part of FotoWeek DC, there was a photo exhibit of local photographers at the Torpedo Factory. What I learned from looking at their photos is that an interesting composition/subject and correct exposure are only the start to a great photograph. I noticed textures, the range of tones (giving balance to a photo), and the details in each photo. I also noticed what they were printed on — not just your typical glossy photo paper. Most look like they were printed on textured paper, maybe even canvas…I wasn’t able to find out. Anyways, the walk through the photo exhibit showed me a larger view of the art of photography, and I’m looking forward to visiting and learning from more exhibits. I’d love to take my portraiture up a few hundred notches ;).

The Torpedo Factory is located in Old Town Alexandria, which is right along the river. I loved seeing all of the docked boats and friendly sea gulls (if that’s what they were, I’m no bird expert). Not the kind that are hunting for food like at the beach.

Work in progress | copyright by Lisa C. Ng for
Perched | copyright by Lisa C. Ng for Perched | copyright by Lisa C. Ng for

I also liked the older architecture in Old Town.
Stormy | copyright by Lisa C. Ng for
Lamped | copyright by Lisa C. Ng for

Jokes of the day: Reader Henry C. shared 4 jokes: (1) I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger .. then it hit me (2) Police were called to a daycare where a three-year-old was resisting a rest (3) It’s better to love a short girl than not a tall (4) Two hats were hanging on a hat rack. ¬†One hat says to the other, “You stay here, I’ll go on a head.” Help celebrate a blogversary by submitting a pun or joke (last day is Thu 11/29)!

Have you ever been to a photo or art exhibit that inspired you?
Does the water calm you, like it does me?

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Phoebe November 28, 2012 at 10:26 am

Lisa, I love love LOVE your photos!! They look AMAZING and you captured the charm of Old Town so well!! Keep the photos coming!! xoxo, Phoebe


Always Maylee November 28, 2012 at 11:18 am

There is so much to learn about photography, isn’t there. I barely know anything! Ha, love the jokes!

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee


Henry November 28, 2012 at 11:56 am

Is it called the torpedo factory cuz they use to make torpedoes? Just curious~ =D Love the street lamp picture~ reminds me of Boston .. *sigh*


Oh to Be a Muse November 28, 2012 at 12:29 pm

I love the photography of the old architecture and the boats. And your little watermark is so cute.


Mandi November 28, 2012 at 2:40 pm

I’ve never been to a photo exhibit before. Sounds like you had a good time and learned from it too! Those jokes are GOOD!


Zhanna November 28, 2012 at 5:44 pm

These pictures are amazing. I love photography!!


Stephanie November 28, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Gorgeous photos, Lisa! Sounds like a great exhibition. I love joke #2!


Jane Y. November 28, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Beautiful pictures. I also live in Virginia. I have been to Old Town Alexandria. Must check this place out the next time I make a trip there.


Lou Lou November 29, 2012 at 4:22 am

What a fabbo exhibition.I love when you can walk away from one, having it made you think. really think. Great photos!


Courtney - Maui Jungalow November 30, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Love the photos, and I’ve heard of the torpedo factory too, from friends who lived in VA.


Jaina December 4, 2012 at 9:29 am

Like a lot of things, you can never stop learning about photography.

Adore the photo of the top of the building. The angle and the composition and the contrast of textures – beautifully done.


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