Beauty In A Busy Washington DC Suburb

Several snowstorms hit Prince Georges County, Maryland in January 2014. The area we live in is close to New Carrollton a transportation hub and a busy Washington DC suburb. It’s not the prettiest part of the county but when it snows everything looks so crisp and clean and magical.

New Carrollton a busy Washington DC suburb in Maryland

New Carrollton is a planned ‘new city’ created from land previously owned by the horse racing figure Edward L. Mahoney. Over time it has developed into a significant transport hub being next to the Beltway around Washington, major routes to the east and the mainline railroad. It’s a busy place with a large suburban population and a mix of cultures and ethnicity. Whilst the city lacks a downtown or any real historic sights it is a great place to stay if you are visiting Washington DC on a budget. New Carrollton has affordable hotels, numerous restaurants and most importantly equally easy access to downtown Washington via the metro underground system, as well as points east and north including the Chesapeake Bay, Annapolis, and Baltimore.

New Year Snow Storm — Experimenting with the Sony A7r

When I took this photo I hadn’t had the camera long and was mostly working with the auto settings. This shot was taken using the five-shot auto bracketing option, which gives five shots at an interval of 0.7. I’d prefer to have a 2.0 interval but for some reason, the firmware on the camera has this weird 0.7 interval. I processed the images with Photomatix and Lightroom. The Sony A7r is a huge leap in performance from my trusty Pentax k-r that I had been using since 2010. The image clarity, color and size are all significantly better, and the ability to change exposures, iso, f-stop quickly with the camera dials is great. I love my Pentax. It gave me a chance to really explore a previously occasional photography habit and helped me create some very satisfying images. But even though I only have the kit lens for the Sony, I’m excited to see what I can do with it.

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