Goodnight DC

I realized the other day that I still have several shots to process and share from my trip to Washington DC a while back (you can find all the ones I have previously posted on the Category sidebar, or by clicking here).  I have so many photos in the library now that as I move on from one place to the next, there are often forgotten gems in there just waiting to see the light of day!  So here's a sunset in Washington DC that I captured while walking near the Jefferson Memorial.  The light was just right, and there were these interesting clouds hanging around...and then a jet flew by.  Click!

Into the sunset

I was in Washington, DC and had some time to wander with my Nikon.  I love doing that.  Though I like to plan my shots in advance by looking at Google Maps and things like that, I enjoy the "free wandering" time just as much, because you come across unexpected things, and often times get unexpected shots.  Here I was wandering near the Jefferson Memorial, and the large lake that nearly surrounds it.  Sunset was upon me, and I was seriously digging the light.  I saw that lone bird making his way somewhere, and just loved what it added to the shot.

Sunset at the Monument

Do you ever plan your compositions ahead of time, for the shots you know you want to take?  I mean, way ahead of time, like before you ever get to the scene?  Or do you "wing it", so to speak, based on what you find at the scene?  I tend to do both, but more often than not I find myself winging it.

This is one of those cases where I was sorta winging it.  It's pretty much a given that if you are in Washington, DC that you are going to try and get a shot of the Washington Monument, right?  The truth is though, the structure does not lend itself to a great shot.  It's tall and skinny, and it's fairly open around it.  So how do you compose something like that?  In this shot I was actually walking back to find the rental car, and happened to turn around, and well....this is what I saw.  Click.

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A monumental sunset

Ok, another bad play on words with today's title.  I guess I can't help myself!  Anyways, I was in Washington, DC on business, and had some spare moments at the end of the day, so I raced downtown to see some sights.  I walked up and down The Mall, saw several memorials, and generally just played the role of tourist, albeit a snap-happy one.  As night began to fall, I was making my way back to my car and happened to be near the Washington Monument.  This is one of those lessons to always turn around and look behind you.  I did so, and just thought the wonderful blue hour sky, with a touch of that red sunset in the distance, was worth keeping.

Flight over Jefferson

I was walking around in Washington, DC (with Nikon firmly in hand, of course!) and started making my way over to the Jefferson Memorial.  I never actually made it there.  It was getting late in the day, and in front of the Memorial is this fabulous lake (which you have to walk all the way around), and there was this gorgeous sunset happening....to say I became distracted by the beauty in front of me would be an understatement.  It was really fabulous.  Plus, I still had a long way to go, and I was tired.  So I opted to watch the sunset unfurl in front of me - and well, I took a few pictures too.  :)

The Washington Monument

The Washington Monument - which of course sits in Washington, DC - is fairly hard to photograph.  It is (quite obviously) very tall and skinny, so you have to be a good distance back to get the whole thing in the frame, which leaves your photo with a lot of dead space.  That's not good.  Nonetheless, I did take some shots from afar (you sort of have to, right?) but I also tried to do a few creative shots from closer up.  This is one of those.  I was walking around the base of the structure and was trying to figure out what to do, when I leaned against one of the many flagpoles surrounding the Monument.  At that moment I looked up, and liked the view since it seems a bit different than what I have normally seen.   What do you think?

The Lincoln Memorial

The Lincoln Memorial is one of those things that you just have to see when in Washington, DC.  I was not at all familiar with the downtown area, but knew everything was pretty closely situated.  I drove down there and (finally) found a place to park, and headed out to The National Mall.  It’s an interesting place and is certainly popular with the tourists.  There were groups walking, groups on busses, and people everywhere.  I can see why - these are our National Monuments, and they are cool.  So I strolled around for quite a while, waiting for the light to fade and just enjoying the scenery (and taking lots of photos all along the way!).  At some point I meandered over here to The Lincoln Memorial.  It’s a fairly imposing structure when you get up close, but it is beautiful.  I enjoy architecture anyways, so things like this are always interesting to me.  Good old Abe was sitting there, big as you please, and stoic as ever.  I guess that’s expected though.  The only downside was that the reflecting pool that sits in front of the Lincoln Memorial and stretches to the WWII Memorial was drained, and the sidewalks all around it were closed.  I guess there was some “national improvement” going on...so, my hopes for cool shots with reflections in them will have to wait for the next visit.

By the way, I normally like my shots to be free of folks, but at places as busy as this, that becomes very difficult to arrange.  I didn’t have my bullhorn with me, so I couldn’t really yell for everyone to move.  After looking at this on my computer however, I liked the sense of scale that having a couple of folks in the shot gives to the image.  I especially like that person sitting off to the left side, apparently watching the sunset.

Washington DC sunset

Who doesn't like a good sunset?  Everyone one loves them right?  I was walking around in Washington DC, having just turned back from my attempt to make it to the Jefferson Memorial.  It seemed like the longer I walked, the further that memorial was from me.  There was some major construction happening too, which I could see from a distance, so I ended up turning back and just enjoying this marvelous sunset as it unfolded before me.  I was thankful that I had attempted to make it to the Jefferson Memorial, because it allowed me to discover that big pond in front, which sure helps when a sunset is at hand!

Sunset at the Jefferson Memorial

I was in Washington DC for a little while last week and found the time to slip away with my camera.  How can you not, when so close to such great photographic opportunities? I only had a little while but I moved fast and squeezed in a lot.  As sunset approached, I found myself nearing the Jefferson Memorial - but I never made it all the way there.  I could see it in the distance, and I keep walking towards it, but I never seemed to make it all the way around this lake you see here, so I finally gave up and just resolved to make it inside next time. There was also some major construction going on, so I didn't want to risk walking all the way there, only to get turned away by a "Closed for Repairs" sign or something.  In other words, I didn't want to be Clark Griswold at Wally World.  So I got the shot I could get - sunset, interesting clouds, reflections in the lake, and the beautiful structure from a distance.