Take the water taxi from Alexandria to National Harbor at twilight. Photograph the Capital Ferris Wheel, National Harbor and Alexandria from the water.
The Avenue of the Presidents linking the Capitol with the White House offers excellent opportunities to practice architectural photography, especially at night!
We begin with an orientation on nighttime photography techniques by architectural photographer E. David Luria. Shooting on Manual Mode, we then do twilight shots of the magnificent Willard Hotel, the Wilson Building (City Hall), the U.S. Treasury Building, the Ronald Reagan International Trade Building, and the Old Post Office, ending inside the illuminated plaza of the Ronald Reagan Building and the long view of the U.S. Capitol at the end of the avenue.
For this safari, bring any camera with adjustable shutter speeds abnd a Manual Mode, all your lenses, and a sturdy tripod. Super-wide lenses like an 11-16mm or a 10-20mm are very useful on this safari. A bubble level is a big help in keeping your images perfectly straight and vertical, and a small flashlight helps you see your camera controls at night. Mr. Luria will bring a 28 mm PC shift lens for Nikon users, helping them achieve straight verticals.
- Extra memory cards
- Extra charged battery
- Sturdy Tripod
- Accessories such as filters, remote release
- Weather appropriate clothing
Meet in front of Wilson Building at 1400 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Limited to 6 people, masks and social distancing required. Closest Metros are Metro Center and Federal Triangle, free Sunday parking on nearby streets.
E. David Luria is founder and director of the Washington Photo Safari, which has trained 36,700 amateur photographers – an average of 5 people every day, 365 days a year, since it was founded in 1999. Trained in Paris by a protégé of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Mr. Luria is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers and the Society of Photographic Educators and has had his images of DC appear in over 100 publications, calendars, and postcards and on 30 magazine covers.