52 Week Challenge

52 Weeks of Susan's Life

Week 12 – #1 A Bench at “National Mall, Washington DC”


Washington Mall, Washington DC

Recently I attended my Marymount University reunion in Washington DC. I lived in the Washington DC for about 10 years and have been back for visits on many occasions. I decided to do a little sightseeing on Saturday to see the changes since my last visit.  One thing that really stood out for me were all the barriers that have been constructed around some of the monuments and also around many of the government buildings. This is a sad reminder of the times that we live in.

Considering that the reunion was planned for mid October, I was hoping to catch some beautiful fall foliage and a reprieve from the hot and humid Florida temperatures that we have been experiencing.  Not to be – temps ranged from mid 60’s to 80’s and the foliage was still very green.  When things didn’t go exactly accordingly to my plans, I decided that perhaps Photoshop could help me out.   Recently I learned about a  filter in NIK called Indian Summer. I decided to give that a try to see if I could emulate the weather that I had wished for.  The unsuspecting couple in the photo were appropriately dressed for fall so my edits did make sense.   I’m afraid that the NIK plug in will have to be my fall substitute until I’m lucky enough to experience fall foliage first hand.

Actual Photo without edits


Author: susanbeausang

What inspires a photographer?  My journey began taking product photos for my business.  I had a company that provided fashionable headscarves to women and girls with medical hair loss. Photos needed to be updated constantly and the expense of a photographer led me to my first camera about 5 years ago.  I’ve since sold the company but my love for photography has continued to grow.   I’m constantly looking for new places, people, food, new colors – just about anything and everything appeals to me through my lens.   Suddenly light shapes, colors, textures, people, buildings, trees, flowers…. everything around me looks different when I start to see the world as a photographer. For me, an image captures more emotion than your native eye or a written word.  Lingering on images that I have taken and reliving the scene, person or thing is like reading my favorite story over and over again only with the benefit of a visual companion.  I love to study the light and the composition and see how I can tell the story through the lens.  Everyday objects can be exciting when I think of them as capturing a moment in time. Once I started to notice details I realized there was beauty all around me.   My photography allows me to share my perspective with others; it allows me to tell my story and for that I am grateful.  As the lens opens to capture an image, so do my eyes. Susan M. Beausang- susan@smbphotos.com - www.smbphotos.com 8049 Tybee Court, University Park, FL 34201 215-421-9668

4 thoughts on “Week 12 – #1 A Bench at “National Mall, Washington DC”

  1. Good to know about the filter opportunities. I had heard Fall is late this year up north.


  2. Yup, looks like November.


  3. Clever! – never would have known!


  4. Very creative. It looks good. Will have to explore.


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