This past weekend, I participated in the DC Shootoff, a four-day photography workshop for military and civil service photographers throughout the federal government. The event featured presentations by several well-known photography professionals, as well as useful workshops that dealt with best practices and workflow management.
My favorite part of the weekend was the 24-hour shoot off contest that challenged the assembled photographers to interpret a specified theme, however they saw fit, in 3-5 frames. This year’s theme, “warmth,” was drawn randomly from dozens of ideas submitted by conference participants.I chose to interpret this year’s theme through color temperature, relational dynamics and the spaces between subjects. I did so by taking my camera to the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington D.C. and looking for people in situations that felt “warm” to me.
The following shots are the results of my late-night adventure. My package didn’t win any prizes at the workshop, but the exercise was valuable nonetheless, helping me to hone my shooting and editorial skills, particularly when focusing on a very specific theme.
Check out more of my high-resolution photos from the shoot off in my photostream on Flickr.