Prepare yourself for the most spectacular view of the nation’s capital: the view from the 15-story high rooftop terrace of the Top of the Town in Arlington, far above the Iwo Jima Memorial. Your 180 degree view covers the entire panorama from Washington National Cathedral in the far northwest to Reagan Washington National Airport in the southeast, with all the monuments in between!
Our safari is timed to capture the rising of the full moon on each of the nights offered as it rises just to the left of the Washington Monument. Professional architectural photographer E. David Luria will be standing by to coach you on the single and double-exposure techniques of twilight and moonlight photography from the rooftop terrace and then later down at the Marine Corps Memorial statue. If your camera is equipped with the multiple exposure feature, he will show you how to move the moon across the sky so that it right next to the Washington Monument. How cool is THAT?
For this safari WPS has been fortunate to gain exclusive access to one of the best locations in the area to view a moon rising over DC’s monuments: the Top of the Town Reception and Conference Center, located on the roof of a 14-story condo building, overlooking the U.S. Marine Corps Memorial, with a sweeping panoramic view of the city!
Here is what the view looks like during the day – just think about what it looks like at night, with a full moon!
Professional architectural photographer E. David Luria will coach you in the single-exposure and (if your camera can do it ) double-exposure techniques of twilight and moonlight photography on this safari, timed to coincide with the sun setting and the full moon rising, followed by nighttime shooting of the newly refurbished Marine Corps Memorial soldiers framed against the rising moon. If your camera does double-exposures, we will show you how to move the moon from one corner of the sky to place it right over the Washington Monument! How cool is that?
Register early for this VERY popular safari, limit of 10 persons per evening.
Masking and social distancing is required at all times.
- Extra memory cards
- Extra charged battery
- Accessories such as filters, remote release
- Weather appropriate clothing
Meet at entrance to Top of the Town elevator at 1400 14th Street North, Arlington VA. There is free parking available at Top of the Town lot on nearby Oak Street. Drive up the hill on 14th Street, turn left on Oak Street to the parking lot on the right. Closest Metro is Rossyln, about a 12 minute walk.
E. David Luria is founder and director of the Washington Photo Safari, which has trained 37,000 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.