Articles by Richard Gunion

Can You Really Win That Photo Contest?

There are many photo contests including the assignments photo contest here at dreamstime. Several things to keep in mind before entering a photo contest in order to determine if you have any chance of winning is first is how many people are entering and second is how good is the competition. A local or regional photo contest may be easier to win as opposed to a large contest sponsored by a camera manufacturer or magazine since there are fewer people entering though prizes may be modest.... continue reading

Special Effects Software

Like many people I have been intrigued by special effects achieved with software editing applications that can enhance your photos. Will the effects make the photo better or worse? The only way to find out is to apply the effect. Be sure to work from a copy of your original photo in case the effect does not work or save under a different name from your original. I have tried combining photos, using painting special effects and using reversal color special effects. Reversal... continue reading

Taking Photos of Your Food in a Restaurant

Many of us have dined at a good restaurant and have wondered-should I take a photo of my meal?Obviously the result will not be as nice is having pro lighting equipment, tripod and a professional camera system.However there are solutions to this problem.Generally speaking restaurant lighting is dim necessitating a high ISO like 800 or more and a steady hand.Electronic flash pictures are for the most part unacceptable due to glare and light fall off.The best solution is to move your plate... continue reading

Perseids Meteor Shower in Washington DC

On August 12-13 I made an attempt at photographing the Perseids Meteor shower just outside my condominium home in Washington DC.The Perseids Meteor shower is created by the earth's atmosphere colliding with ice and or dust particles from the comet Tuttle.Fortunately where I live it is fairly dark with limited lighting though better places to photograph the meteor shower are outside the city.My results were modest at best.I set up on the lawn outside my condo at about 3:00 AM or later... continue reading

Star Wars Fever

This past week the new Star Wars Movie, Star Wars Episode 7, The Force Awakens opened in movie theaters across the country.In Washington DC it opened at the Uptown Theatre on Thursday December 17, 2015 to a huge crowd of people waiting in a three hour line to get in.The Uptown Theatre is one of Washington DC's oldest and best movie theaters with Art Deco architecture anda large screen. People had pre purchased their tickets and waited in line for the best seats.I arrived there at night... continue reading

Trip to Merida Yucatan Mexico

Many people say that the Yucatan is the real Mexico.This is located on the Yucatan Peninsula in the southern part of Mexico.My wife and I traveled to Merida which is the capital for one week.We discovered many beautiful buildings such as the Governor's Palace, Plaza of Independence, the Merida Cathedral and an abandoned mansion financed by the henequen trade on the Paseo de Montejo which is a large street in Merida.Music and dance is part of Merida and there is daily entertainment both day... continue reading

The Pope in Washington DC

No doubt Pope Francis is the center of attention right now.I was fortunate enough to see the pope in Washington DC on 9/23/15 at D Street as well as Constitution Avenue as he made his way around the Ellipse.This is probably the biggest event to happen in Washington DC in a long time and not likely to happen again for many years.Big crowds assembled at the only non ticketed event to see the Pope.After a wait of about an hour or better the Pope finally arrived on D Street next to DAR Constitution... continue reading

Friends Again-Cuban Embassy Opens in Washington DC

After a long time since 1961 the Cuban Embassy in Washington DC has reopened.It was maintained in previous years but not allowed to fly the Cuban flag until July 20, 2015.I arrived at the Cuban embassy on 16th street in Washington DC in the afternoon and found many people and the media at the gate looking at the Cuban flag as well as the embassy itself.There were many signs protesting the blockade of cuba.It is remarkable that this event took place since Cuba almost started WWIII by installing... continue reading

Sam's Park and Shop and Other Attractions

Most people when they pass by Sam's Park and Shop in Northwest Cleveland Park of Washington DC, take little notice.It looks like just another shopping center but it does have historical significance.Sam's Park and Shop which was built in 1931 by Samuel J. Gorlitz was one of the first shopping centers in the United States with dedicated parking.This was a truly innovative concept back then.The shopping center was designed around the automobile.Beforehand cars parked on the curb of the street... continue reading

Washington DC Auto Show

There is no better way to spend a cold January day than at the Washington DC Auto show at the Washington DC Convention center.The show runs from January 23 to February 1 every year.For $12 you can spend the entire day looking at cars inside the warm convention center.Automotive technology improves slightly each year with thenew models promising more power and better fuel economy.Concept cars are on display as well showing us the past and future.I always enjoy looking at the muscle cars... continue reading

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