Monday, July 28, 2014

Of Spraygrounds and Water Parks

Summer, for me, is the best season ever, especially here in the DC Metro area. It's when you get to see real people in the streets! Lots of fun and free activities open in the district, including free outdoors movies, county fairs, concerts and outdoor sports. One of my little boy's favorites is playing in free spraygrounds and water parks. 

It's fun and relaxing to see my son and other kids just enjoy hours of splashing water. I actually envy them... Watching them makes me want to be a kid again. :) 

Georgetown, Washington, DC

Alexandria, VA

Pentagon Row, Arlington, VA

Pentagon City, Arlington, VA

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

DC Rising: Washington Wizards in the NBA Playoffs 2014

Being a big basketball fan, I have dreamed of watching the big games in basketball. In 2011, I was fortunate to have watched my favorite team, the San Antonio Spurs, live in the Verizon Center, home of the Washington Wizards. It was also my first-ever experience to watch a live National Basketball Association game!

Three years hence, I was again fortunate to have watched the home team get to the playoffs for the first time since 2008! Their second-round series was against the Eastern Conference's # 1 team, the Indiana Pacers. Though they lost the series, They were fortunate to take the series to 6 games. I was lucky to purchase game 3 tickets. This will add another milestone to my NBA-spectatorship: Playoffs baby!!!

Thanks to the powerful superzoom of my friend's 18-200mm Nikkor lens, I was able to capture some moments.

Street performance around the arena

High School Band supporting the home team

Playoffs baby!

Wizards starting lineup: Wall, Beal, Ariza, Nene, Gortat. All but Trevor Ariza will be back for 2014-15 season.

John Wall has improved tremendously this season. He was also slam dunk champion in this year's NBA All-Star Game

I hope they repeat last year's playoff run this coming season. With the addition of veteran forward Paul Pierce, looks like DC fans are in for a treat! 

2013-2014 Washington Wizards Roster
Pos.#NameHeightWeightDOB (YYYY–MM–DD)From
G/F1Ariza, Trevor6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)210 lb (95 kg)1985–06–30UCLA
G3Beal, Bradley6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)207 lb (94 kg)1993–06–28Florida
F35Booker, Trevor6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)240 lb (109 kg)1987–11–25Clemson
F/C90Gooden, Drew6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)250 lb (113 kg)1981–09–24Kansas
C4Gortat, Marcin6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)240 lb (109 kg)1984–02–17Poland
F7Harrington, Al6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)245 lb (111 kg)1980–02–17St. Patrick (NJ)
G24Miller, Andre6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)200 lb (91 kg)1976–03–19Utah
F/C42Nenê6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)250 lb (113 kg)1982–09–13Brazil
F22Porter, Otto6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)198 lb (90 kg)1993–06–03Georgetown
G/F14Rice, Glen6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)206 lb (93 kg)1991–01–01Rio Grande Valley Vipers (NBDL)
F/C13Séraphin, Kevin6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)275 lb (125 kg)1989–12–07France
F31Singleton, Chris6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)230 lb (104 kg)1989–11–21Florida State
G17Temple, Garrett6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)195 lb (88 kg)1986–05–08LSU
G2Wall, John (C)6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)195 lb (88 kg)1990–09–06Kentucky
G/F9Webster, Martell6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)230 lb (104 kg)1986–12–04Seattle Preparatory (WA)


Taking a first crack at Still Life. :)

Nikon D7100     Nikkor 35mm f/1.4 prime lens