10.15.2014

Wednesday Window to the World #13


This Week:

What: Belgian Block Street with Streetcar Tracks

Why: I had the benefit of having the "good problem" of having a number of images to choose from this week, having taken photos on both Sunday and Monday.  While this image is not the best of the batch, it does carry with it one of the more interesting tales.  The shot features O Street NW in Georgetown, one of two parallel streets traversed by the Cabin John Streetcar line until 1960.  When the line was abandoned, the tracks and their power conduit between them remained embedded in the street for decades as a unique and fascinating historical relic.  By 2010, O and P Streets were becoming terribly compromised.  Interestingly, the decision was made to restore the street INCLUDING the abandoned trackage, and the result is a street that admittedly continues to look true to its original nature, and will likely remain intact at least another 50 years.  

When: October 13, 2014.

Where: O Street, Georgetown, Washington DC 

Who: I actually like the bleak "lack of people" in this particular shot, a bit of a lucky result of what tends to be a challenge in a busy city on a weekday afternoon. 

How: I'm still shooting with the Konica 35mm f/2 mounted to the Olympus Pen E-PM2.  Shot wide open at f/2 to give a very shallow depth of field. ISO 640 at 1/1250 second.

Raw image was imported into Photoshop and I gave gentle bumps in saturation and vibrance to the image.  Otherwise, not too much was done in post-processing.