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My favorite thing about gray days…

May 26, 2012   //   by Yoga Lisa DC   //   Blog, creativity, photography  //  No Comments

Over the last month, DC has seen it’s fair share of gray days. And although too many gray days can bring my spirits down, there are things about them that do raise my spirits. A few years ago, when I started to learn more about photography, I learned that some of the best natural color saturation comes on an overcast day. I had never really thought about it before, but on beautiful sunny days, without some of the right tools, colors can be extremely washed out by the sunlight (which is why dawn and dusk are the best times to take pictures – the light isn’t so direct). So on all these gray days, I’ve been looking at what the city has to offer and took these photos to thoroughly enjoy the color saturation.

DC has been doing some beautiful landscaping on the city streets.

more of the beautiful colors

loving the red

some more of the beautiful pink flowers around DC... i think pink is the "in" color for flowers this year.

my ultimate favorite... pink, raindrops, and lots of beautiful color

With the help of my smartphone, I’ve been taking these pictures and there are many more, but these are some of my favorites. They are bright spots on gray days and for as much as I don’t love so many gray days, I look forward to being able to take more of these every opportunity that I get.

What’s your favorite thing about gray days?

Springtime in DC

Mar 25, 2012   //   by Yoga Lisa DC   //   Blog, creativity, photography  //  No Comments

Springtime is one of my favorite times in DC. The flowers are blooming, the cherry blossoms peak, and the trees start filling out again. This spring I’ve found myself capturing the season with my iPhone lens, as it’s so handy, using it as an impromptu opportunity for some creative play, which is oh so important to me. Here’s a collection of spring through my iPhone lens (hopefully soon there will be some through my regular camera lens too)…







































Spring is definitely beautiful in DC. I only wish that I had the time this year to find my way down to the Tidal Basin to visit the cherry blossoms there at their peak. And I’m hoping soon for an expedition to the National Tulip Library, before spring turns into summer and the tulips have faded away. I hope to have more images to share soon, from more impromptu creative playtime.

Merry Christmas!

Dec 25, 2011   //   by Yoga Lisa DC   //   Blog, Events, photography  //  No Comments

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours…

Nov 24, 2011   //   by Yoga Lisa DC   //   Blog, Events, photography  //  No Comments


Creative Close-ups

Sep 5, 2011   //   by Yoga Lisa DC   //   Blog, creativity, photography  //  2 Comments

As I wrote a couple weeks ago, in addition to my passion for yoga, I have a passion for photography. And over the course of the last year, I’ve been working to rekindle my passion for photography. I’ve been seeking ways to encourage myself to take out my camera and go shoot. In July, I attended a DC Icons PhotoTour. It was so much fun and such a great opportunity to get out to take pictures with some guidance, that I signed for a second photo tour.

This past weekend, I attended an Abstracts of Adams Morgan PhotoTour. This tour was an opportunity to explore finding art in the everyday by taking creative close-ups. The “tour guide” provided us with some general guidance and photography knowledge. We got a refresher in the basics of composition, how to use depth of field, application of time value, and how ISO works. Then as we set out to shoot, the guide suggested that we pick a subject, so that we would have a focus as we walked around the neighborhood. I picked metal grates and railings. For some reason, I have always had a fascination with these. I also used this as an opportunity to build on some of my existing collections when I saw the themes, specifically bicycles, flowers, and doggies.

I took nearly 500 photos (the blessing and the curse of digital photography) and narrowed them down to the 28 that I posted on my photo galleries page (check out the Adams Morgan PhotoTour Photos).This post is a collection of my favorites from this excursion.







 Sunday was a beautiful day and the perfect day to go out and shoot. Excursions like this remind me of how much I love photography and

how much I love finding art in the ordinary. There’s nothing more ordinary then a sidewalk grate, bicycle, or railing. I can’t wait to get back out with my camera sometime soon on another photography excursion to find more art in the ordinary.

When was the last time you found art in the ordinary?


When passions collide…

Aug 27, 2011   //   by Yoga Lisa DC   //   Blog, photography, Uncategorized, Yoga  //  3 Comments

Jes & Me - instagram-like effect using elements (thank you to the tourist who offered to snap the photo)

It’s no secret that I’m very passionate about yoga. There was that one day that I came to my mat and something clicked. I found so much more than just a way to exercise. In the last 8 months, I deepened my practice by attending teacher training at my yoga home and became a yoga teacher. Now, I get to share my passion for yoga on a weekly basis with yogis in the Tranquil Space community.

Yoga isn’t my only passion, though. I also have a passion for photography. About 5 years ago, I invested in a digital single-lens reflex (“dSLR”) camera. I’ve always enjoyed looking at the world around me, whatever microcosm I’m in, and seeing something interesting and capturing it. The investment in the dSLR was to take my photography to another level and prompted me to take workshops around DC, online courses, and buy books that taught me how to (1) use the camera and (2) different techniques for capturing images. For about a year, I went out almost every weekend and found images to capture. I always had the most fun finding creative close-ups. I also bought editing software and took online courses to learn how to use it. Then, work and life got busy and I put my camera down for a while (a good 2 1/2 years). About a year ago, I made an effort to rekindle this passion and this summer, I did that when I took a DC PhotoTour. (Check out my photos page for images from the DC PhotoTour.)

protecting my gear from passing thunderstorms (so of course, we got none)

As I worked to build my website, I realized, I wanted images of me in various yoga postures to put on the website. And so over the last few months, I’ve been working on amassing a collection. And I’ve been lucky to have friends, who have taken the pictures for me. One thing that I didn’t have though were images of me in yoga postures down by some of the iconic monuments in Washington, DC. Well, yesterday, my friend, Jes, and I had our first attempt in getting some of those images. Jes and I both love photography and we both love yoga. Jes is actually getting ready to begin her journey towards the 200 hr yoga teacher certification right now. And last night, in the calm before the storm, we went down to the National Mall, dressed in some of our favorite yoga attire, armed with our cameras, and had some fun.

Jes and I both have a creative eye for composition and we each gravitate to our favorite ways to compose. We played with close-ups, taking pictures on angles, different locations, and different postures, learning each step of the way, what worked, what didn’t work, and what we’d like to try again in a different outfit. We even stumbled upon one of the best spots (in my opinion) to photograph the Washington Monument. Here are some of the results:

Me in Camatkarasana (Wild Thing) (photo credit: Jes Hrivnak)

Jes in Anjaneyasana (low lunge)

Up close in Chaturanga Dandasana (photo credit: Jes Hrivnak)

Jes in opening her heart Virabhadrasana I (warrior I)

Me in Garudasana (Eagle) (photo credit: Jes Hrivnak)

Jes in Garudasana (Eagle)

Me in Chaturanga Dandasana (photo credit: Jes Hrivnak)

Jes in Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (upward facing dog)

Me in reverse Virabhadrasana (reverse warrior) (photo credit: Jes Hrivnak)

Jes in Camatkarasana (Wild Thing)

Jes & Me - the self-portrait

After our playtime outside, we hung out for a while (starting with a grocery store run to prepare for the impending storm) ate dinner, had some delicious herbal tea, shared photos, edited photos, and chatted. Plans are in the works for another yoga photoshoot, so-to-speak. There are many more places in DC and specifically around the iconic monuments and memorials that we want to take pictures. It was definitely lots of fun and a really nice way for two of my passions to collide.

What are your passions? Do you ever bring two of your passions together?

About Lisa

Auntie to two adorable little boys and a beautiful little girl. Sister. Friend. Yogini. Yoga teacher. Accountant. Knitter. Amateur photographer. Very amateur golfer.

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