Field Trip: Old Town Alexandria

Karl Barth

Posted March 11, 2013 in: Photo Trips 

Karl BarthFor the third photography trip of the year, the Calvert Photography Club got together on Saturday, March 2 in Old Town Alexandria for a photo walk trip.  As an unexpected bonus there was a dog show, a car show, and a St. Patrick’s Day parade scheduled later in the day. 

In preparation for this trip and my new role as trip sponsor, I wrote up some tips/suggestions for the trip.  I also discussed the assignment of the trip which was composition.  Some of the suggested things to focus on were:

  • Shapes/Forms
  • Patterns
  • Lines
  • Texture
  • Tonal Contrast
  • Negative Space

The club members met at the George Washington Masonic Memorial in the morning.  If that name doesn’t ring a bell, you can easily see the building when crossing the Woodrow Wilson Bridge from the Maryland side.  I’ve seen it so many times but didn’t know what it was.  I can now put a name with the building.  It’s really a beautiful building close up.

Our street walk took us down King Street where the parade and the other festivities were going to be held.  In walking down the street, I immediately saw the attraction with Old Town.  The beautiful red brick sidewalks along with the brick houses immediately drew your attention with the various lines, patterns, shapes, and textures.  I took several pictures of the sidewalk from a street level view.  I was not only attracted by the lines leading up the sidewalk but also the texture of the bricks as well.

Karl BarthAs we walked to the midway point of King Street, we came across the car show.  The first car that caught my attention was a DeLorean.  If you’ve seen any of the “Back to the Future” movies you know exactly what I’m talking about.  It was my first time seeing one in person.  I was really disappointed when I didn’t see the flux capacitor or Mr. Fusion (another “Back to the Future” reference).  There were other beautiful cars at the show.  Most of them were antique but there were a few modern cars such as a Ferrari and a Porsche.  I can’t imagine how much work goes into keep these cars in pristine condition.

Towards the end of the street, there was the dog show which wasn’t really interesting to me.  I along with other club members kept walking towards the end of the street where the waterfront was. You could see the entire Woodrow Wilson Bridge and had some great views of the Maryland Shore.

We wrapped up the day at a Thai restaurant for lunch and walked back up King Street.  Some members stayed for the parade and got some great pictures.  I decided not to stay and head back home.  It was a great, but cold day.  I’ll admit I was tired from the long walk but it was a great day for shooting despite having no sun.

About Karl Barth - Karl is a husband and father of two kids. He loves photography and shooting whenever he can. He runs Karl Barth Photography. His site is


Thanks for sharing, Karl - wish I could have attended this as this is the kind of photography that I love to do (checking out a 'new' locale)!

Comment from Robbbin on March 11, 2013

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