Looking up for the Metro by Chuck Chisler

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I had close to a ten minute wait for the metro in Washington DC, so I couldn’t help myself.

Nikon D90
Nikkor 18mm-105mm VR
ISO 400


July, 2011 in:


July, 2011 in:


Metro – officially called MetroRail – is modern, clean and the recommended way for tourists to get around.

When planning a trip to Washington DC get a hotel within walking distance or a hotel shuttle ride from a Metro station. Driving into Washington DC during rush hour to see the attractions is not fun.

The 106 mile subway system with 86 stations has stations serving the Mall and downtown Washington, DC. All the major tourist attractions like the Mall museums and memorials, White House and Capitol Building are a short walk from Metro stations.

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  • Damienne Bingham
    Damienne Binghamover 3 years ago

    These look wonderful in black and white. So glad you tried it. There is something about b&w tones, when they are used correctly they can really make an image so much stronger than it is in colour. Great work!

  • Thank you so much! I will be the first to admit that I have no clue what I’m doing when it comes to b&w. Any suggestions and tips would be very helpful.

    – Chuck Chisler

  • Damienne Bingham
    Damienne Binghamover 3 years ago

    Well look, I experiment all the time when I am processing my photos. Do you use Photoshop? My favourite tools are the “Dodge” and “Burn” tools – they work the same way as if you were in a dark room. Dodge to lighten the tones and burn to darken them – usually where you either have very strong shadows or overblown highlights. They are my favourite way of making a b&w image really strong. Because when you convert to grayscale or whatever method you use, it takes out all the subtlety of tones and that’s what you need to put back in.

    Also, consider using the b&w tool to convert from colour, rather than using greyscale because you can change the different colour channels to create different effects and feels.

    Your b&w have come out so nicely for a first try, I’m really impressed, you seem to be doing the right thing – I don’t think you need any advice from me; but if it helps, I’m glad!

  • I surely could use the advice! I am purely raw when it comes to everything.
    I am about 3-4 months into using a DSLR for the first time.
    Before that, about 8months of point and shoot snapshots.

    I haven’t used any types of processing except Picasa 3. My images aren’t very processed with exception of changing warm or cold tones abit overall.
    It isn’t very advanced compared to others I’m guessing.

    I greatly appreciate your advice. I think you are one of the best artists that I’ve had the pleasure of viewing! Your tones are very strong and crisp and that is what catches my eye about your work.

    I cannot thank you enough for the time you have taken to talk with me and showing me that b&w can be just as rewarding and special as a color photo!

    – Chuck Chisler

  • Damienne Bingham
    Damienne Binghamover 3 years ago

    It’s absolutely my pleasure, that’s what being on this site is all about!

  • Geoff Dodd
    Geoff Doddover 3 years ago

  • Thank you so very much Geoff! I am honored and surprised!

    – Chuck Chisler

  • blueeyesjus
    blueeyesjusover 3 years ago

    I love this building, but this is such a great POV, I don’t think I’ve seen it from this angle, great work – Jus

  • Thank you so very much for the feature honor! I appreciate it!

    – Chuck Chisler

  • camfischer
    camfischerover 3 years ago


  • Thank you so much, Cam! I appreciate the comment!

    – Chuck Chisler

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