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.  :)