East Wind Photography: Blog https://ewp.korcel.com/blog en-us (C) Blaine Korcel (East Wind Photography) bkorcel@cox.net (East Wind Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:45:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:45:00 GMT https://ewp.korcel.com/img/s/v-12/u506031823-o371478939-50.jpg East Wind Photography: Blog https://ewp.korcel.com/blog 96 120 It's Soccer Season https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2015/5/its-soccer-season Most of my time this spring has been spent photographing soccer for two U15 teams.  South County High School and BAC United (Burke Athletic Club).  Sports photography is very challenging.  Combinations of fast equipment and exposures, paired with anticipating what should be a good shot.  I usually shoot several hundred shots during a game and choose the best ones to include here in the soccer galleries.  For these girls, the memories of their high school experiences will be with them forever.  I feel honored to capture these memories in the best possible way for them.

One of the biggest issues photographing sports are "RULES!"  High School sports is not so bad.  You can usually position yourself just about anywhere as long you dont interfere with the game and you keep your mouth shut.  The refs leave you alone.  In club soccer you are restricted to certain areas along the sidelines and only on the side opposite the teams.  No one cares if the sun is in your eyes.  Photographers must remain between the 18's.  Yes I have been responsible for play being stopped and asked to move to the proper area.  :(  Despite the RULES, I still enjoy the challenge.

Once soccer lightens up, I will be back to landscapes and wildlife. 

bkorcel@cox.net (East Wind Photography) https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2015/5/its-soccer-season Fri, 08 May 2015 03:56:17 GMT
National Wildlife Federation Photo Contest https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2013/4/national-wildlife-federation-photo This week I entered into the NWF photo contest where I have so far submitted 13 photographs.  If you have been enjoying my work, please register on their site as a voter and vote for my photos.  You can vote 1 time for each photo every day!

To see my registered photo's you can go to this link to vote on them:


I appreciate any and all votes you can give me.]]>
bkorcel@cox.net (East Wind Photography) https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2013/4/national-wildlife-federation-photo Thu, 11 Apr 2013 20:31:00 GMT
Pileated Woodpeckers Have Begun Nest Building https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2013/4/pileated-woodpeckers-have-begun-nest Spring is in the air and the woodpeckers are at it trying to get their nests ready.  Here is one of the pair of Pileated Woodpeckers near Lake Mercer in Fairfax, VA.  It's clearing out wood chips from it's nest.  The pair take turns working on the nest while the other rests and feeds.  More of these shots can be found at www.eastwindphotography.com  I'll be following this pair and watching for active feeding.  Check back for possible shots of them parenting.]]> bkorcel@cox.net (East Wind Photography) https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2013/4/pileated-woodpeckers-have-begun-nest Sat, 06 Apr 2013 19:55:00 GMT Comet Panstarrs Makes an Appearance https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2013/3/comet-panstarrs-makes-appearance Comet Panstarrs March 12, 2013Comet Panstarrs has made an appearance in Virginia as well as the rest of the northern hemisphere.  Right now it's pretty difficult to find low in the west.  This was taken about 45 minutes after sunset and very quickly set.

Whether or not you find it, it's a wonderful time to go outdoors and see the night sky.  This week should offer the same type of view but will quickly fade in brightness as it gets a little higher in the sky each night.  With binoculars it should be visible through most of April.]]>
bkorcel@cox.net (East Wind Photography) https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2013/3/comet-panstarrs-makes-appearance Tue, 12 Mar 2013 20:00:00 GMT
2013 WIldlife Calendars Still Available https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2012/12/2013-wildlife-calendars-still-available My 2013 Wildlife Calendar is available for 20 bucks and free shipping to anywhere in the US.  All of the shots were taken in Northern Virginia.  These same shots are available on ewp.korcel.com for enlargement.  However, you can get all of these photos shown here for just $20.00!

You can order them at http://ewp.korcel.com/p286441482/e4e5931b6 while supplies last.]]>
bkorcel@cox.net (East Wind Photography) https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2012/12/2013-wildlife-calendars-still-available Sat, 22 Dec 2012 21:06:00 GMT
Empty Lake Accotink Creates Opportunities https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2012/12/empty-lake-accotink-creates Two Foxes Play-Fight at Lake Accotink in Springfield, VALake Accotink in Springfield, VA has been empty for the last week or two due to work being done on the gate at the dam.  While this causes a great deal of hardship for the resident wildlife, it offers opportunities for others.  Foxes frequently are seen on park property but rarely in the open.  The dried lake bed is full of things that foxes like to explore and they can be seen frequently now crossing the lake bed.  Here two foxes are seen play fighting.  I'm not sure if they are a mated pair or just siblings.  They seem to be having a great time.  This shot and other photos in the series can be ordered at http://ewp.korcel.com/p862409836

bkorcel@cox.net (East Wind Photography) https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2012/12/empty-lake-accotink-creates Wed, 05 Dec 2012 13:38:00 GMT
Fall Equinox Harvest Moon Over Washington, DC https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2012/9/fall-equinox-harvest-moon-over Moonrise at the Equinox
Twice a year, observers are able to witness this spectacle around the full moon closest to the equinox.  The Mason designers and architects of Washington, DC built the monuments directly east to west.  At the equinox, the moon rises directly east behind them.  Depending on weather and clouds you have a few days before or after to view it as well.  However it's best on the day of the Full moon when you can catch it rising often with a spectacular sunset.  Today, the clouds did not cooperate very well and we only got about 10 minutes before the moon was completely obstructed.

Prior to moonrise, I spotted a Bald Eagle circling above the Potomac River.  I waited for it to pass directly above the Washington Monument and took it's picture.

Bald Eagle Circles above the Potomac

bkorcel@cox.net (East Wind Photography) https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2012/9/fall-equinox-harvest-moon-over Sun, 30 Sep 2012 06:29:00 GMT
DC Area Storm Knocks Out Power to 1.5 mill https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2012/6/dc-area-storm-knocks-out-power-to-15 Lightning streaks over the house The strongest storm in some time just whacked the Washington DC area.  Winds around 75mph snapped and uprooted trees.  Several people were killed in the area from falling trees hitting cars and homes.  Power at our house was out for about 17 hours.  Considering the damage, Dominion has so far done a good job.  I can say that because I now have AC!  ;)  Others may think differently.

As the storm approached, I set up a camera on the front stoop and tried to get some pictures of the lightning.  This was the best shot. It shows the lightning coming from the west, down toward the house, looping back up and shooting off to the east.  The second shot shows the orange glow in the sky as a high voltage electrical tower burns near Lorton, VA killing power to much of our region.  More storms are predicted for tonight.
Electrical tower burns near lorton

bkorcel@cox.net (East Wind Photography) https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2012/6/dc-area-storm-knocks-out-power-to-15 Sat, 30 Jun 2012 15:40:00 GMT
June 2012 Eagles at Conowingo Dam, MD https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2012/6/june-2012-eagles-at-conowingo-dam-md
To order these or other Bald Eagle pictures, please visit my Eagle link at East Wind Photography

A juvenile perched in a tree behind me

A nest near the dam with a fledgling

This adult eagle stayed in the tree
 behind me for about 6 hours

bkorcel@cox.net (East Wind Photography) https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2012/6/june-2012-eagles-at-conowingo-dam-md Sun, 17 Jun 2012 21:10:00 GMT
The Girls Play at their Piano Recital Last Saturday https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2012/6/girls-play-at-their-piano-recital-last ]]> bkorcel@cox.net (East Wind Photography) https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2012/6/girls-play-at-their-piano-recital-last Sun, 17 Jun 2012 17:12:00 GMT 2012 Venus Transit Across The Sun https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2012/6/2012-venus-transit-across-sun
I've been waiting for this day for months.  The weather was looking good all day.  Today was the transit of Venus across the Sun (black circular dot in the upper right of the picture).  At 6:04pm when the transit was supposed to start here on the east coast, thick clouds moved in and it looked like we were going to be skunked again!  Come ON!  I'm not waiting around for another 117 years to get another chance!  I waited an hour on my front door step and still no breaks in the clouds. I decided that I needed to move down the street.  Maybe there were less clouds there.  So I picked up my camera, solar filter, and tripod and moved down the street to a neighbor's house that had a 12" telescope set up.  I was going to go over to the lake where there was a decent horizon but it looked like maybe we would catch a break (literally) and I didn't think I would have time to hoof it all the way to the lake.  Sure enough the clouds parted around 7:08pm and we got about 13 minutes of viewing time before a larger cloud deck moved in.  I took a number of great shots, the best one is shown here.  I wasn't fast enough to capture the plane in the center of the disk but I'm happy with getting it at all.  The perspectives here are wild if you stop and think about what you are looking at and the distances involved.  Nearly all of the shots have some clouds in the view but each one is uniquely different.  First glance reminds me of the day Voyager sent back the first images of Neptune and Uranus...although I don't recall ever seeing an airplane in the view.  I was glued to the NASA channel for weeks!

Well the kids didn't seem too interested in seeing this but I'm glad I got a picture of it.  Hopefully in time they will understand that you need to take advantage of these opportunities and most importantly to be patient.  117 years is a long time to wait to see it again.
bkorcel@cox.net (East Wind Photography) https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2012/6/2012-venus-transit-across-sun Tue, 05 Jun 2012 19:36:00 GMT
Feeding Crows in Our Backyard https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2012/5/feeding-crows-in-our-backyard Two Crows visited our backyard yesterday to snack on some old bread.  These two just gazed in each others eyes for a really long time then preened each other.  I was able to get this shot by opening the kitchen window just enough to give me a clear shot without glass or a screen in the way.]]> bkorcel@cox.net (East Wind Photography) https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2012/5/feeding-crows-in-our-backyard Mon, 21 May 2012 19:49:00 GMT Foxes at Lake Accotink https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2012/5/foxes-at-lake-accotink I stopped by Lake Accotink in Springfield, VA the other morning and found these two foxes playing near the lake.  I think they were young siblings.  I am seeing more foxes this spring than I did last year.  Most of the time foxes will see you and run away.  Some get used to people being around and dont mind you much.  But if you think it's acting strange, it's best to leave the area and call Animal Control.  However, just because you see a fox during the day doesnt mean it's rabid.  They are mostly nocturnal animals but they will roam during the day looking for food or mates.]]> bkorcel@cox.net (East Wind Photography) https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2012/5/foxes-at-lake-accotink Sun, 20 May 2012 19:41:00 GMT Storm Wins Game #6 2 to 0 https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2012/5/storm-wins-game-6-2-to-0 Storm played an awesome game last Saturday.  Players showed great team spirit and worked very well as a team.  Strategic improvements allowed them to win 2 to 0.  For the rest of the game shots follow this link:
bkorcel@cox.net (East Wind Photography) https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2012/5/storm-wins-game-6-2-to-0 Wed, 16 May 2012 18:54:00 GMT
<no title> https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2012/5/silver-medal-in-long-jump-girls Silver Medal in Long JumpThe girls competed in the 2012 Chinese Schools Field Day in Maryland yesterday.  Events were Long Jump, Tug of War, 400 meter, and Relay.  My daughter won a silver medal in the Long Jump.]]> bkorcel@cox.net (East Wind Photography) https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2012/5/silver-medal-in-long-jump-girls Mon, 07 May 2012 06:06:00 GMT Storm Loses Game 5 During Brutal Back and Forth Play https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2012/5/storm-loses-game-5-during-brutal-back Carina looking for someone to pass to
The girls played very good today against a team they are tied with. The goals on both sides left our hearts pounding as each team did their best to take back the lead several times. We are seeing some really good teamwork which led to goals or at least goal opportunities. Keep the pressure on girls.

You can see the rest of the game pictures here:
bkorcel@cox.net (East Wind Photography) https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2012/5/storm-loses-game-5-during-brutal-back Sat, 05 May 2012 14:41:00 GMT
Storm Wins Game #4 Against the Ravens https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2012/4/storm-wins-game-4-against-ravens Add captionStorm took game 4 today with 1-0 win over the Ravens.  The girls played very hard against a team very good at stealing the ball.  Elizabeth scored the winning goal.  Way to go Storm!

To see the rest of this weeks team pictures go here:


bkorcel@cox.net (East Wind Photography) https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2012/4/storm-wins-game-4-against-ravens Sat, 28 Apr 2012 12:14:00 GMT
Enterprise Takes Off from Dulles Airport Today https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2012/4/enterprise-takes-off-from-dulles Space Shuttle Enterprise Lifts Off Once More at Dulles IADThis morning I went to Dulles Airport to watch the Enterprise take off for it's journey to NY.  When we arrived many people were already there including the press.  We took a chance and picked Garage 2 and we got lucky.  IAD decided to take off using runway 30 which was visible only from Garage 2.  20 some years ago I watched Enterprise come to the DC area and was able to see it up close at the Air and Space Museum Annex, now the Udvar-Hazy Center.  I bid it farewell and gave it a wave as it headed off to NY for display at Intrepid.

I spoke with a number of people and the predominant topic was why NASA ended the shuttle program without a replacement ready to go?  While we all feel a great sense of pride to see these orbiters paraded before us, it is with mixed feelings knowing there is nothing to replace them.  Our hopes ride on the prospects of commercial enterprises picking up the pieces to provide the services and the pride these orbiters gave us...yet we know in the back of our minds that nothing this great can be created "for a profit".  The future of space travel will not be written alongside large investment checks.  It will be because we resolve to do it for the sake of science, education, and humanity.]]>
bkorcel@cox.net (East Wind Photography) https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2012/4/enterprise-takes-off-from-dulles Fri, 27 Apr 2012 14:26:00 GMT
Weather Grounds Enterprise Until Wednesday https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2012/4/weather-grounds-enterprise-until
Enterprise is now sitting on the tarmac at Dulles International Airport waiting for the weather to improve. Officials are planning for a flyout possibly on Wed morning. I took this today at the airport on top of the garage.]]>
bkorcel@cox.net (East Wind Photography) https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2012/4/weather-grounds-enterprise-until Mon, 23 Apr 2012 19:38:00 GMT
Great Weather for Soccer Last Saturday https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2012/4/great-weather-for-soccer-last-saturday

The girls have started spring soccer. Last Saturday was their third game. They lost 2 to 1 but not before my daughter scored the only goal of the game. I'm also trying to get caught up on pictures. Here is the link to last Saturday's game. I'll post games 1 and 2 later.


bkorcel@cox.net (East Wind Photography) https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2012/4/great-weather-for-soccer-last-saturday Sun, 22 Apr 2012 10:22:00 GMT
Space Shuttle Discovery Towed into Display Hangar at the Udvar-Hazy Museum https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2012/4/space-shuttle-discovery-towed-into

Here is Curt Brown autographing two of my pictures

Here is Discovery being towed into the display with the press looking on

Enterprise and Discovery nose to nose for the world to view

Here is Discovery being manuevered into position for display

bkorcel@cox.net (East Wind Photography) https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2012/4/space-shuttle-discovery-towed-into Thu, 19 Apr 2012 17:46:00 GMT
Space Shuttle Discovery Fly Over https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2012/4/space-shuttle-discovery-fly-over

Today I packed the family and dog and went to Chantilly, VA to watch the Space Shuttle Discovery fly into Dulles Airport. We were told that the Target parking lot on route 50 was the best spot to be. It was indeed! We were pleased to be able see and photograph 3 low fly overs before landing at the airport. The 1st flyover was so low I swear I could feel the heat from the jet engines. The picture above was the 3rd flyover just before it landed. Next up is the transfer ceremony at the Udvar-Hazy museum where it will replace the shuttle Enterprise in the display hangar.
bkorcel@cox.net (East Wind Photography) https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2012/4/space-shuttle-discovery-fly-over Tue, 17 Apr 2012 17:31:00 GMT
NASA Finally Launches 5 Rockets Off the Coast of Virginia https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2012/3/nasa-finally-launches-5-rockets-off
Gas Cloud from NASA Atrex Experiment

Rocket decends over the ocean during NASA Atrex Experiment

My daughter and I got up very early on the morning of March 27th to watch NASA launch 5 rockets from Wallops Island, VA which is just off the east coast. The rockets went very high, about 65 to 90 miles and were visible to much of the east coast. I made a time lapse video and will try to post it later. It would not upload to YouTube for some reason. The rockets released a cloud into the upper atmosphere so scientists could study the upper level jet stream near the edge of space. They hope that such information may allow them to better understand our changing weather patterns as well as the flow of charged particles that surround the earth.]]>
bkorcel@cox.net (East Wind Photography) https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2012/3/nasa-finally-launches-5-rockets-off Sat, 31 Mar 2012 06:01:00 GMT
National Harbor https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2012/3/national-harbor

Went to National Harbor saturday for dinner but ended up with peeps instead. Fantastic sunset though. Soccer starts soon so stay tuned.]]>
bkorcel@cox.net (East Wind Photography) https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2012/3/national-harbor Tue, 20 Mar 2012 13:25:00 GMT
11 Bald Eagles Spotted at Lake Mercer in Fairfax VA https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2012/1/11-bald-eagles-spotted-at-lake-mercer

bkorcel@cox.net (East Wind Photography) https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2012/1/11-bald-eagles-spotted-at-lake-mercer Mon, 16 Jan 2012 14:11:00 GMT
Bald Eagles at Lake Accotink in Springfield, VA https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2011/12/bald-eagles-at-lake-accotink-in
These eagles are fairly used to people and noise being at a heavily used park in Fairfax County with a train running through the middle of it. I'll keep you posted of any developments.

bkorcel@cox.net (East Wind Photography) https://ewp.korcel.com/blog/2011/12/bald-eagles-at-lake-accotink-in Wed, 14 Dec 2011 19:17:00 GMT