Photograph the full moon over DC with the BEST view of the city at Top of the Town!
Think you can take better pictures than the ones you see on the postcards? Here is your chance to prove it by capturing a panoramic view of the National Mall and the nation’s capital, first in the soft blue light of twilight and then with a rising full moon, all from the vantage-point of the 15-story high Sky Dome atop the DoubleTree by Hilton in Arlington, VA! The above daytime photograph shows the view available from this site.
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 at 5:25 pm and the full moon rising at 5:19 pm. If your camera does multiple-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?
This panoramic vantage point also gives you good opportunities to photograph the nearby Pentagon, and to use your telephoto to zoom in on other DC landmarks across the river.
Rain Date is Friday, January 29, 6-8 pm, with the moon coming up at 6:27 pm.
You must bring your camera, all your lenses, wide and long, a STURDY tripod, cable release is also desirable, and a flashlight to see your camera controls in the dark. Although the Sky Dome windows are angled down and are glare-free, we still recommend the purchase of a reflection-eliminating lens skirt, available at B and H Photo Video at this link:
Photo Credit: Keith Hans
- Extra memory cards
- Extra charged battery
- Accessories such as filters, remote release
- Weather appropriate clothing
Meet in entrance lobby of DoubleTree by Hilton, 300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA. Closest Metro is Crystal City on Blue/Yellow Lines, a 10 minute walk. Street parking is available.
E. David Luria is founder and director of the Washington Photo Safari, which has trained 36,700 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.