A Week in Washington

December 30, 2016

Gear: Sony A7
Lens: Tokina Plastic Fantastic
Filter: ND1000, ND2000

 

Hey guys! It's been a little while since I last posted, but I'm happy to post some locations I found during my vacation in Washington DC. Washington DC is one of those places that when you visit, it feels surreal that you're actually standing in the most powerful city in the world. 

To start off, DC is extremely photo friendly. There are a plethora of places to photograph and an urban photographer could really spend a good two weeks in the city alone. The nature of the architecture and the relatively easy walks between locations make DC really an ideal place for a city photographer. I highly recommend trying a photo shoot around the Capitol Building area. The convenience and availability of the metro make it an even more compelling place to visit.

Below is a map of the area I shot around. 

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Click through for google maps

There's really not place to start here. You can just pic a popular site and begin there. I planned my shoot to end at the Lincoln memorial during sunset because I wanted to capture the Washington Monument at sunset. 

 Cornerstone (Coordinates: 38°53'20.4"N 77°02'59.9"W) Click through for google maps location. 

Cornerstone (Coordinates: 38°53'20.4"N 77°02'59.9"W) Click through for google maps location. 

 Freedom is not Free (Click through for google maps) 

Freedom is not Free (Click through for google maps) 

If you begin at the Lincoln Memorial you can peer across the man-made pond and see the Washington Monument, however, from this location you cannot see the capitol building; so plan accordingly. But also keep in mind that this place is filled with tourist, you'll need a good ND filter if you're shooting during daylight hours if you want to get rid of all those bodies. Of course, the artistic composition of the image is entirely up to you!

I was lucky to come right after a rain shower and caught a glimpse of sun in the clouds before it turned completely cloudy again. I mapped out what it looked like from my point of view below. 

 Yellow: Coffee and snack shop, good place to rest. 

Yellow: Coffee and snack shop, good place to rest. 

 From the Lincoln Memorial at sunset after the rain shower. 

From the Lincoln Memorial at sunset after the rain shower. 

 War Memorial (Click through for google maps location) 

War Memorial (Click through for google maps location) 

 Washington Monument From the Lincoln Memorial at sunset. 

Washington Monument From the Lincoln Memorial at sunset. 

As you can see, I was very lucky in capturing these images and I'm sure you could do much better. On my way back towards the metro, I happened to pass by the Washington Monument and happened to see just the crazy glow over the horizon from light pollution and I was fortunate enough to spot this look back over my shoulder. 

 Washington Burns (Coordinates: 38°53'20.3"N 77°02'22.8"W) Click through for google maps location. 

Washington Burns (Coordinates: 38°53'20.3"N 77°02'22.8"W) Click through for google maps location. 

Overall it was a great experience and the edits that came out of my experience in downtown DC were fun editing. If you haven't checked out my toolkit, please take some time a take a look at the posts in that section as I hope it helps you on your next photo excursion. I hope this post has been information and helpful to you in some way, as alway, be safe and best wishes on your next journey!

Yours truly,