Best of DC, Volume I "The Inaugural Edition"
BEST OF:   Success stories from the world's most interesting places, people and organisations.

June 24, 2009.  Tom Field and Roy Sewall are pleased to announce the arrival of a new, large-format coffee table book, "Best of DC," with articles about them and samples of their local photography. The book on Greater Washington is the first USA title in the "Best of" series by Global Village Publishing. This inaugural edition has a two-page article each on Roy and on Tom. Tom Sullivan also provided a major photograph for the book. "Best of DC" is available world wide through all major retail book sellers ($100 new on Amazon), as well as through private distribution. For more information, visit www.gvpedia.com.

Comments from Amazon reviewers:

  • "Best of DC" is a well written and beautifully photographed memoir inclusive of everything that defines Washington, DC. With each turn of another page, I was hooked! This is not a coffee table book - it is wonderful and timeless gift to anyone who appreciates quality in writing and photography.
  • The visual appeal alone is enough to engross even the most blase book browser. The Best of DC floats around practically every room in my house and is often rudely and impatiently pried from unwilling hands at every event I host. This book is one to treasure!
  • Employing exceptional photography as well as insightful commentary, Best of DC makes the perfect gift for seasoned Washington natives and recent college grads embarking on a new life in DC alike.
  • Some books we give away and some books we keep forever. I look forward to this being a permanent part of my collection!
  • Extraordinary photography, exceptional success stories from every facet of the regional economy.
  • The photographs are really superb too. In a city of beautiful scenery, this book captures them all. I highly recommend this book!
  • The book is journalistically written and beautifully pictured. "Best of DC" is a masterpiece.
  • This stunningly beautiful book is not only the must have coffee table book, it's the book you must have in your offices. The pictures are beautiful and the related feature stories compelling. If you are looking for the perfect gift, buy this book!
  • An absolutely brilliantly composed piece that everyone must have. From the beautiful pictures to the excellent written material, this book is a success.
  • It's wonderful to see the city come alive through the incredible content and images - but also to know that this was a colaborative project, bringing together the best of the city to showcase DC's unique neighborhoods and exciting people/places/events to both educate and entertain. A+

The thumbnails below represent some of Tom Field's contributions to the Best of DC book. Click a thumbnail image to bring up a larger image. More photos are available in the Gallery. For more of Roy Sewall's photography, see his web site at RoySewallPhotography.com.


Pentagon Memorial Lights
[Left] Pentagon Tribute in Lights (pages 18-19). On the fifth anniversary of the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks, the Pentagon crash site is illuminated in blue light. 184 beams of light, one for each life lost at the Pentagon, soar into the night sky to commemorate the victims.

[Right] Takeoff (page 23). A commercial jet departs Reagan National Airport, curving up the Potomac River on the mandated flight path. Its headlights and blinking strobes describe an arc in this time exposure. In the foreground are the 14th Street bridges and the Virginia shoreline.






Key Bridge

Iwo Jima
[Above] World War II Memorial (pages 22-23). The columns of the World War II Memorial are grazed by the first light of sunrise in this stitched panoramic image. In the background is the Lincoln Memorial.

[Right] Iwo Jima (page 23). The Marine Corps War Memorial depicts an incident from World War II at the island of Iwo Jima. Read more here.

[Above Left] Key Bridge (page 53). The bridge from Rosslyn, Virginia, to Georgetown was named for Francis Scott Key, author of the USA National Anthem "The Star Spangled Banner."


Clarendon Metro
[Left] Clarendon Metro (page 57). Washington's subway system is known as The Metro. Between the Clarendon and Courthouse Metro stations in Arlington is a corridor known for good shopping, and for its ethnic and American restaurants. But Clarendon is also a diverse cultural center with street festivals, up-close concert venues, art galleries, foot and bike races drawing international athletic talent, and a traditional outdoor farmer's market. Residences range from luxury high-rise condos to gentrified neighborhoods of single-family homes. With the corridor's excellent mass transit (subway and multiple bus systems), Clarendon and Courthouse are ideal for car-free living.

[Right] The Road Ahead (page 93). One rural road bisects an American farm, like so many others - crossing lines in a vast grid overlaying the land that feeds the world. The photo illustrates the article, "Our Roadmap to Success, for US."


[Left] Engineering Solutions That Last Generations (page 172). Progeny Systems Corporation is a featured success story in the Best of DC. The article covers Progeny's focus on customer satisfaction, innovation and engineering excellence, business performance, and strong commitment to community service. Shown at left is one of Progeny's advanced technology products for the United States government.

[Right] The National Air Force Memorial (page 173) is dedicated to the men and women of the United States Air Force and its heritage organizations. At the 2006 dedication by President George W. Bush, a B2 stealth bomber (among other aircraft) flew over the Air Force Memorial.



The U.S. Supreme Court
[Left] The U.S. Supreme Court (pages 178-179). The columns of the World War II Memorial are grazed by the first light of sunrise in this stitched panoramic image. In the background is the Lincoln Memorial.

[Right] Equal Justice Under Law (page 180) is a phrase inscribed on the West Pediment of the United States Supreme Court building.


Rosslyn at Twilight
[Left] Rosslyn and Memorial Bridge (page 210). Rosslyn is the section of Arlington directly across from Washington's downtown and Georgetown. This area is dense with office towers as well as high-rise residential buildings and hotels. Arlington Memorial Bridge crosses the Potomac between the Lincoln Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery. Read more here.

[Right, upper] The U.S. Capitol (page 211). The rising sun silhouettes the Capitol and its dome, as seen from several miles away in Virginia. For more about the Capitol, read here.

[Right, lower] Freedom Is Not Free (page 211) reads the inscription on the wall at the Korean War Veterans Memorial The Memorial was dedicated in 1995 to the Americans who restored freedom to South Korea. Get more information here.



National Museum of Women in the Arts
The National Museum of Women in the Arts (pages 226-227) is sited two blocks east of the White House. It is the only museum in the world dedicated exclusively to recognizing the contributions of women artists. The Great Hall and Mezzanine are shown on the left, while one of the exhibit halls is shown on the right. Learn more here.


Theodore Roosevelt Memorial
[Left] Theodore Roosevelt Island National Memorial (pages 346-347). The statue of Teddy Roosevelt commands the large circular plaza on Roosevelt Island. This image was made using a PoleCam, in which Tom mounts a digital camera on top of a telescoping pole. Roy Sewall composed the photograph and operated the camera controls remotely using a laptop computer, while Tom held the pole and aimed the camera. This photo is a small segment of a 360-degree stitched panoramic image.


The Washington Monument
[Right] The Washington Monument (back cover). The obelisk of the Washington Monument soars into the night sky above the National Mall. The 555-foot obelisk sits alone on a low hill and can be seen for many miles, especially from the air. Nothing else in the area is nearly so tall. In fact, for five years after completion, this was the tallest building in the world. The Washington Monument is equally impressive by day or by night. See more of Tom's photos of the Washington Monument.

This image is an example of a digital multiple exposure technique called ISO bracketing. The scene was first captured at low ISO in order to gain smooth detail in the building and noise-free sky areas. Then the shot was repeated at high ISO with fast shutter speed in order to freeze the motion of the American Flags. To minimize the keystone "vanishing point" effect, a 24mm shift lens was used.



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