When you fly into Reagan Washington National Airport from the north, coming down the Potomac River, you get a fleeting glimpse of the DC area...
If you are sitting on the right side of your plane, you see the Arlington Skyline and then the Pentagon. If you are lucky enough to sit on the left side of the plane, you see all the beautiful monuments and the Capitol on the National Mall. Your view lasts about 30 seconds and then it's gone! If the plane’s wing is not in the way, you might even get a picture!
Now you can experience that view at your leisure with your feet planted firmly on the ground, AND get beautiful pictures at the same time by joining us for this exciting new photo Safari from the 35th floor rooftop Observation Deck of the newly opened CEB Building Tower in Arlington VA, just slightly west of the airplane flight paths.
Come join us for the best view of DC, from the 35th floor Observation Deck of the CEB Tower in Arlington, at twilight on the night of a full moon!
TRIPODS ARE ALLOWED AND WE WILL BE PROVIDING LENS SKIRTS TO HELP YOU BLOCK INDOOR REFLECTIONS AS YOU SHOOT THROUGH THE HUGE GLASS PICTURE WINDOWS.
With a discounted group rates available through Washington Photo Safari, you will see 360 degrees for about 50 miles in either direction from windows that are even at a higher elevation than the Washington Monument!
To the Southeast there is the Pentagon and National Airport. To the northeast you see the beautiful National Mall with all the monuments. To the north you see the Kennedy Center, the Watergate complex, the Potomac River, Roosevelt island, Washington Harbor, Georgetown University and, in the far distance, Washington National Cathedral.
Here is what the view of DC looks like at twilight from the tower:
The 12,000 square foot CEB Tower Observation Deck has two levels, one is an outside level with huge 10 feet tall and 3 inch thick glass panels designed to keep you from falling down into the city but, as a favor to photographers, they have graciously put 3-inch wide gaps in between the panels that are just wide enough for a camera lens to look through and get an unobstructed view of the city!
And The Observation Deck also features a clever "Windows Into History" display, with touch screen displays of famous and not so famous people who have shaped the history of the area. For example, when you look out the window at the Watergate complex, the display tells you the story of the Democratic National Campaign Committee secretary who discovered that some her files were missing in 1972.
We will be doing daytime and nighttime Photo Safaris from this location at various times of the year.
Our Safari begins with a brief orientation on architectural photography by Washington Photo Safari director E. David Luria, as we meet outside the Rosslyn Metro station, right across North Lynn Street from the CEB tower. Then we will walk down to Key Bridge and get views of the city and the Potomac River from the bridge.
We then take some pictures in downtown Rosslyn and return to the plaza where the CEB tower is located and rise up the elevators which themselves offer great views of the city as they zip up to the 35th floor.
We will spend an hour up in the tower taking as many pictures as you like as Mr. Luria guides you in composition, exposure, white balance and other settings to give you the best pictures. For this safari we suggest you bring a wide-angle lens, a telephoto lens of at least 200mm, and fast lens such as a 50 mm F1.4 or 50 mm F1.8. WPS has received permission for participants to use tripods, so bring it with you. We also suggest you wear black or dark clothing so that your body can block reflections of indoor lighting on the windows through which you are shooting. Or, you can brring a big black cloth and drape it over your back and the camera, 19th century Matthew Brady style, as you lean the camera close to the window.
The moon will come up in the east behind the Capitol. If you do not like where the moon rises, we will teach you how to move the moon with the Multiple Exposure option to wherever you wish the moon to be!
True to our tradition of only taking you to the BEST places in town for photography, this safari is available to the first 10 photographers who apply. Space permitting, spouses or companions are welcome to accompany a registered photographer on this safari at a reduced fee.
On weekdays we will make this safari available to seniors at a reduced rate, and on weekends we will charge a slightly higher fee for non-seniors. The fee includes admission to the CEB Tower.
This safari is timed to enable you to get beautiful views of the Washington DC area in the "blue hour" of civil twilight and in the black of night, so that you can get the streaks of car headlights and taillights moving across the roads. )
Meet just outside of Rosslyn Metro station exit on N. Lynn Street, Blue/Orange/Silver Lines. Limited street parking is available, local parking lots are available. Address of CEB Tower is 1201 Wilson Blvd., enter on N. Lynn Street, Arlington VA.
Photo Credit: Sherryl Belinsky