Washington, DC is one of the most photogenic cities in the country, especially at night!
Most of our monuments look even better at night than they do in the daytime! So on this special photo safari designed for smartphone users we are going to take you to DC’s best-known memorials after dark and show you where and how to take great pictures with your phone!
And smartphones themselves are getting better every year in low-light situations! The late-model I-Phones, Samsungs, Motorola, LG, and Google Phones are much better now than their predecessors at hand-held nighttime photography, with excellent exposure, color and white balance rendition.
We start our safari by picking you up with our van outside the exit of the Federal Center Metro station on the Blue/Orange/Silver Line and taking you right by the Ulysses Grant statue to photograph the beautiful West Front of the US Capitol building at night. From there, we move up Pennsylvania Avenue on to the lovely architecture of the North Portico of the White House seen from Lafayette Park, with its illuminated fountain.
Our next stop is the Tidal Basin parking lot, to capture the iconic Jefferson Memorial, reflected in the waters of the Tidal Basin, and our final stop is in front of the Lincoln Memorial, with its famous view down the Reflecting Pool of the Washington Monument and the US Capitol. We also photograph the magnificent Lincoln statue sculpted by Daniel Chester French, beautifully illuminated in white light, and then end up at the nearby Albert Einstein Memorial for a group picture which we will email to all the clients! Our van then drops you at the Foggy Bottom Metro on the Blue/Orange/Silver Line.
Here are samples of the photos you will get with your phone on this safari. All these images were done with a hand-held smartphone.
Washington Photo Safari Director E. David Luria will guide you at each stop, showing you how to use all the features of your phone to get the best shots, helpjng you take photos and selfies that you can share with friends and family. Mr Luria, trained in Paris by a protégé of the famous French photographer Henri Cartier Bresson, is one of DC’s most prominent architectural photographers who has trained over 35,000 amateur shutterbugs on camera use and composition since 1999.
If you like to take pictures with your phone, this is a great date-night activity! Late-model smartphones preferred for this safari, but any phone or camera will do. No tripods. The safari ends at Foggy Bottom Metro. Limited to first 14 people who register.
(For clients arriving by car, we suggest parking near our ending point at Foggy Bottom Metro station and taking Blue/Orange/Silver Line to the Federal Center SW station meeting point. There are also Capital Bikeshare stations at each Metro station.)