One of the great blessings of living in the Washington DC area is the National Gallery of Art and the priceless treasures it often brings to the public, free of charge!
And their latest gift to us is a spectacular exhibit of paintings by the famous 17th century Dutch painter, Johannes Vermeer. Entitled “Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting.”, this new exhibit brings together almost 70 paintings made between 1655 to 1680 of the Dutch Golden Age. The exhibit opened on October 22, 2017, and it only runs until January 21, 2018. Best of all, photography is allowed!
Vermeer is so popular because captured the play of light coming in through a window and falling softly upon the face of his subject, as seen in this picture entitled “Woman Holding a Balance”, a technique that portrait photographers always seek to achieve. So we have designed this photo safari with the idea that modern-day artists and photographers can learn a lot about composition by studying Vermeer’s paintings!
Our photo safari begins in the eastern entrance to the National Gallery of Art’s west Building, at 4th and Constitution Ave NW with an orientation by Paris-trained Washington Photo Safari Director E. David Luria on artistic composition and on how to photograph famous works of art in a museum without flash or tripod with a late-model smartphone or adjustable camera.
We then proceed up to the exhibit area where Mr. Luria will work with each client individually on achieving correct color and exposure on each painting so that clients can bring Vermeer’s work right into their homes, their computers and social media.
We then end the safari with a special treat, descending into the wonderful underground light tunnel display entitled “Multiverse” that links the West Building with the East Building, punctuated by hundreds of LED lights in a $3 million display designed by artist Leo Villareal, and ending up to photograph the splendid atrium of I.M. Pei’s East Building
Equipment recommended for this safari are late-model smartphones with adjustable ISO and white balance settings, or adjustable DSLR cameras with fast lenses like a 50 mm F.1.4 or f1.8 lens, or a 35 mm F1.8 lens for faster shutter speeds in dark galleries. Mr. Luria will demonstrate how to set Kelvin temperatures, ISO and proper exposure on any of these devices so that clients come away with the most accurate images of the works of art. No tripods, no flash, no backpacks.
Limited to 8 clients. Scheduled for a weekday to avoid large weekend crowds. Meet inside behind security of the eastern entrance to the West Building of the National Gallery of Art at 4th and Constitution Ave NW. Closest Metro stop is Archives/Navy Memorial