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Photographers Ignoring National Anthem Singer
Made by dougsetzer
Soccer, Beckham, the Press and Patriotism Now, I don't particularly consider myself to be an overly patriotic person. I celebrate Independence Day and fully support the hard working men, women and their families for those who serve our country - in the armed forces, the national guard and even as far as the police officers and whatnot. I give due respect on Memorial Day and Veterans Day. I like to believe that I take time to reflect on those serving, the fallen and the hardships that the families have to endure. The said, I also like to think that I pass on some of the hysteria that surrounds celebrities and sports figures. I don't mind admitting that I enjoy watching professional sports and watching movies. That said, I went to the DC United versus LA Galaxy game last night and got to see the debut of David Beckham into American soccer. Truth be told, he was the reason that a trip to see the game was organized and I was willing to plunk my $35 for a ticket. Heck, I even cheered amongst the cheers and boos as he came onto the field and promptly took his place on the bench. I chuckled and joked to my friends about the photographer lemmings who followed him from the moment he stepped out of the locker room. Followed him to the bench and most likely took pictures while he tied his shoes. But, things became a lot less fun/funny when it came time for the national anthem to be played. That's a somber time for me, always has - hat off, eyes on the flag, no movement, no talking. (As an aside, I'm even teaching my daughter to do the same.) It's a respect thing - for the country and for the people who keep the flag there. It's even respect for the person who's singing the song. As the singing started, I scanned the field of play for the woman in full uniform who was singing. I quickly found her and was instantly disgusted by what I saw... for, there was 1 video camera on her - his job was to show her up on the jumbo-tron score board. Every one of the other 20+ photographers were 10-20 feet away from her, each had their back to her, lenses focused squarely on Beckham. To me, it was a complete disrespect to the singer, to the song, to the nation and everyone it represents. At what point is a guy who can kick a soccer ball more important than showing proper respect for the national anthem? Guys, seriously - put the cameras down. He's not going to do something spectacular in the 3 minutes that it takes to sing the song. Show some freaking respect.
Day 52/365 - At the Roller Derby
Made by Kevin H.
I went to my first ever tonight and had a great time. I had a suspicion I'd probably enjoy it; badass battlin' babes (on rollerskates yet) -- what's not to love? Plus the noms de guerre under which the women skate are awesome in their own right -- Skid Ho, Obitchuary, Condoleeza Slice, Camilla the Hun, and Crispi Ramahoochie to name but a few. The amateur women's roller derby group in this area is called the DC Rollergirls and they put on about four matches a year. There are currently three teams that make up the DC Rollergirls -- the Cherry Blossom Bombshells, DC DemonCats, and Scare Force One. A former fourth team, the Secretaries of Hate, apparently folded earlier this year. This is the third season for the Rollergirls thus far and hopefully they'll stick around. Tonight's match was held at the National Guard Armory and featured an exhibition between the Cherry Blossom Bombshells and a visiting side called the Northside Stranglers, who drew their members from various roller derby leagues in Pennsylvania and Maryland. Following that was the main event -- a matchup between Scare Force One and the DC DemonCats. Scare Force One came into the evening as champions of the past two seasons and holders of an undefeated record in league play. That all fell by the wayside tonight however as the DemonCats, cheered on by their mascot Beelzebubba, put a serious whuppin' on Scare Force One. I unintentionally ended up wearing the DemonCats colors to the match tonight and once I noticed that fact I was pulling for them to win, so I was pretty pleased with the result. Plus the match gave me a great opportunity to work on my action and sports photography techniques. I used my flash for the exhibition bout and then when the batteries in it went kaput I switched to working on my panning technique with the second bout, so I got to polish up a couple different skillsets tonight. There were loads of people there with cameras, including Erin from the DC Social group on Flickr. She and I both had a bit of lens envy over some of the set-ups people there had and we couldn't believe they would risk their uber-expensive lenses sitting right next to the track given the regularity with which the Rollergirls kept crashing and skidding into the first row of the crowd. I guess though that if you can afford camera equipment that pricey, then you can probably afford to replace it as well. (November 29, 2008)
La Crème Porteur
Made by Pants Pants
So Jennifer tells that the cream Hetre tires matched with the cream frame was a little too much. Add to that the fact that I plan to mount Rivendell's cream MKS fenders and I'll admit that it starts coming off like a rolling ghost bike. I'm not too superstitious, but that feels like a bad premonition. So, I'm in the process of swapping on a pair of red Hetres. Also, those Odyssey side pulls are temporary. The frame is a B'Stone 100 built for 27'' wheels, so dropping it down to 650b means I need 80 mm of brake reach. That's a big gap! And I'm stuck on wanting center pulls so that leaves only Mafac Raids or Weinmann 800s, as far as I know. So I'm in BOLO mode for those. The Soma Lauterwasser bars with VO leather bar tape are super comfortable, if you're wondering. Figure Finishing in Manassas, VA did the powder coating. Excellent work! Just wait until you see the job he did on the Polyvalent - coming soon. figurefinishing.com/ Anthony at Longleaf Cycles in Wilmington, NC (but currently moving shop to New Hampshire) built the wheels. Also great work. He built a 650b Sturmey Archer 5-speed that will be going onto the Polyvalent, as well. www.longleafbicycles.com/ I'll post better pics of the finished bike, but I wanted to record its existence as the rolling ghost bike.
DC: RFK Stadium
Made by wallyg
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, opened in October 1961 as D.C. Stadium. It was the home of the NFL's Washington Redskins for 36 seasons until they moved to FedExField following the 1996 season. The Redskins' first game in D.C. Stadium was a 24-21 loss to the New York Giants on October 1, 1961. The team's first win in the stadium was over the Dallas Cowboys on December 17, 1961--the only win in a 1-12-1 season. The Redskins' last win at RFK was a 37-10 victory over the Cowboys on December 22, 1996 capping a disappointing 9-7 season. It also served as the home to MLB's Washington Senators from 1962 through 1971, when they moved to Arlington, Texas and became the Rangers. The stadium was renamed for U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy in January 1969, who was slain in Los Angeles the previous June. As Attorney General, Kennedy's Justice Department played a role in the racial integration of the Redskins, threatening not to let the team move into the federally-owned stadium until it promised to sign African American players. The stadium underwent a $13M renovation to ready itself for baseball prior to the 2005 season. It has been home to MLB's Washington Nationals, since they moved from Montreal, where they were the Expos, in 2005; and MLS' DC United. Both teams are building their own stadiums, at which point RFK is expected to be demolished.
Colavita Rider Leading the RFK Criterium
Made by Team Traveller
This race had the largest purse of any we had participated. $10,000 for this one race. Other than Jefferson Cup in Charlottesville, this had the largest field we've ever seen. The racing was great, but the SRAM neutral support stations were taxed beyond their limits with flat tires. Apparently the broken glass on the course wasn't swept sufficiently and it took it's toll. After all of the spare wheels had been used up by the riders, SRAM began re-tubing the wheels they could and swapping those back out to the incoming riders. Alas they couldn't keep up and several riders dropped out of the race for lack of an inflated tire. The course was challenging, but flat (no pun intended). Not a beautiful location at all. The outer parking lot of the RFK stadium in North East DC. None of this dampened the spirits of the riders or the spectators and it was a great day for racing. Check out more on our main website www.teamtraveller.com
Made by Paul Frederiksen
RFK Stadium in it's Soccer configuration. Wikipedia: Opened in October 1961 as District of Columbia Stadium (D.C. Stadium for short), RFK was the home of the NFL's Washington Redskins for 36 seasons, from 1961 through 1996. RFK Stadium also served as the home to the expansion Washington Senators of the American League from 1962 through 1971. The National League's Montreal Expos relocated to Washington as the Washington Nationals in 2005 and played at RFK through 2007; the club has since moved to Nationals Park, which opened in 2008. Rock concerts have also taken place at the stadium. It has hosted international soccer matches in the 1994 FIFA World Cup, 1996 Summer Olympics and 2003 Women's World Cup.
What a Beautiful Day for a Ballgame
Made by Robert of Fairfax
We couldn't have asked for a more perfect night game at RFK stadium. Washington Nationals put up a good fight. But, the Yankee's finally won with the Bernie Williams's tiebreaking homer in the ninth inning. The Yankee's had not played in Washington, DC since they played the Senators back in 1971. Also, the crowd set an attendance record of 44,749. IMG_2062 Dear family and friends. If you'd like to see more photos of the game, let me know and I'll invite you to become a member of Flickr.
The Game Winner!
Made by Scott Ableman
Facing Giants pitcher Brian Wilson with the score tied 1-1, the count full, and a man on base in the bottom of the 9th inning, Ryan Zimmerman takes what he later called an emergency hack at a slider on the outside of the plate. The ball dropped in shallow right field to score Felipe Lopez for the walk-off game-winning RBI. Since joining the major leagues, Zimmerman now has more walk-off RBI hits than any other player in baseball. September 2, 2007 RFK Stadium Washington Nationals vs. San Francisco Giants This photo was featured as the DCist Photo of the Day for September 4, 2007.
Soriano at the Plate
Made by christopherdale
Had amazing seats for Nats/Phillies last night, but not enough telephoto power to take advantage of it. So, rough light + kit lens = disappointment. On the brighter side, I got to see my sixth Major League game of the year, park right outside for free, hit up a free buffet spread before the game, and enjoy complimentary, waiter-served nachos, hot dogs, ice cream, and drinks during it. Plus, both Alfonso Soriano and Ryan Howard hit bombs, so I can say I saw two of the premier sluggers in the National League go yard.
Made by brents pix
This is a picture i took during the 2004 HFStival..the last great one they did. Tons of people swear this picture HAS to be fake. I assure you, it's real. Might be one of my favorite pictures...because before i took it..i was IN it view large or original size if possible..just so much to look at! farm3.static.flickr.com/2347/1558346731_0215984b2f_o.jpg
Made by Scott Ableman
I created this collage using fd's flickrtoys to represent my , just so I could share it in a flickr group. Now I find that this image appeared on the flickr Explore pages. Go figure. I am fascinated by how a computer program decides what's interesting. Nats fans check out the Let Teddy Win web site for photos, videos, and cool presidents race shirts, gifts, etc.
Made by zhurnaly
When you get to the ballpark early for a mid-week late-season game between two teams that are both out of contention for any championships, and your tickets are high up in the nosebleed section, and the setting sun is glowering in your face, and the beer is too expensive, and the shave-ice isn't ready yet, and your comrades are stuck in rush-hour traffic --- well, being a fan can get a bit lonely ...
Made by Light Echoes
In the Washington D.C. Metro on the way to The Rally To Restore Sanity and/or Fear This shot is quite deceptive. In the station area shown here most of the waiting people are on the other side and behind me. Once the train arrived it was already packed but we managed to get on...just barely. It was quite cozy. Please see all of the rally photos in my set. Thank you!
This Is It
Made by Scott Ableman
Prince Fielder of the Milwaukee Brewers attampts to hold Alfonso Soriano on first in the very moment before Soriano takes off towards his 40th steal of the season (note his right foot is in motion). The steal made Soriano only the 4th player in major league history to hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases in a single season. RFK Stadium, September 16, 2006.
Change Comes Into Focus
Made by acaben
This photograph is a Finalist in the FotoWeek Inauguration Photo Contest. You can view it at the Newseum between May 7 and September 7, 2009. Taken January 20, 2009 at the Souther Regional Ball, held in honour of the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Obama.
Joe and Jill at the Southern Regional Ball
Made by stevebott
Joe and Jill Biden stopped by the Southern Regional Ball about ten minutes before the President and First Lady. It was around 1:00 am and we were extremely tired! At one point, we thought about leaving before the President arrived -- but then the Bidens showed up, which indicated that maybe we should stay a few more minutes.
Made by Scott Ableman
Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington National at the plate vs. Roy Oswalt of the Houston Astros at RFK Stadium, May 24, 2006. As always, if you would like to use this photo of Ryan Zimmerman, please follow the . And if you are headed to Nationals Park, be sure to root for Teddy.
MLS 2011 - May 22 - D.C. United host AFC Ajax
Made by MonsterPhotoISO
AFC Ajax Keeper Kenneth Vermeer (12) makes a diving save during the MLS International friendly match between AFC Ajax and D.C. United. AFC Ajax leads DC United 1-0 at half time Sunday, May 22, 2011, at RFK Stadium in Washington DC. www.monsterphotoiso.com
Going in a new direction
Made by Rod the Rabid Rodent
Mark Teixeira popping out as an Atlanta Brave. Next he was a Los Angeles Angel of Anaheim. Now he's a New York Yankee. But first he was a Texas Ranger. 1/40 shutter @ 200mm, then cropped further to a little more than a quarter of original image size. B&W conversion to bring out the ball motion blur.
Made by philliefan99
Size disproportionate, the Capitol dome and Washington Monument seem to sprout out of East Capitol Street in this view from the top of the upper deck at RFK Stadium. For comparison, the Capitol dome is 288 feet tall, while the Washington Monument (the world's tallest free-standing obelisk) is about 555 feet.
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