Come join the Photography Underground by riding the rails with us on this 3-hour photo safari through the Yellow and Red Lines of the Washington METRO System.
As instructor, professional photographer E. David Luria will provide tips on low-light and mixed-light photography, taking pictures of the cavernous, vaulting ceilings at Gallery Place and Metro Center, how to photograph moving trains coming into a station, how to capture the dramatic view from the escalator at Dupont Circle, how to photograph the landmark views from outdoor stations at National Airport and Judiciary Square, how to make proper white balance and ISO adjustments, and how to photograph passing scenes from a moving train.
Our safari begins inside the Terminal C Metro station in National Airport, where we photograph views of the airport as seen from the station. Then we take the Yellow Line across the scenic 14th Street Bridge to Gallery Place, where we photograph the interesting station design and the colorful artwork.
From there we continue to Judiciary Square, where we exit briefly to photograph the exterior of one of the most beautiful sights along the Red Line, the National Building Museum/ Pension Building. We then go back into Metro and travel to Metro Center to photograph the artistically intersecting tunnels. Finally we end up at the spectacular escalator soaring up to the street at Dupont Circle on the Red Line, photographing that "light at the end of the tunnel" image made famous by Washington Post photographer Douglas Chevalier when the Metro opened in 1976.
No tripods, please. Any camera will do, but "fast" SLR lenses such as a 50mm F1.4 or F1.8, or a 35 mm F1.8 are highly recommended for this safari. Your farecard should be good for one exit at Judiciary Square, one exit at Dupont Circle, and return fare if you are using METRO to return home.
E. David Luria is an architectural photographer, a member of the American Society of Media Photographers, whose images of Washington DC have appeared in over 100 publications. He is founder and director of the Washington Photo Safari and served as a photo tour leader for The Smithsonian Resident, Associates, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Things to Do DC, and Capital Photography Center.