Washington, DC is one of the most photogenic cities in the country, especially at night! We’ll show you how to capture it on your smartphone.
Full Moonrise Over the Jefferson Memorial
Great photo opportunity
Think you can take better pictures than the ones you see on the postcards? Here is your chance to prove it by capturing a lovely view of a full moon rising just to the right of the Jefferson Memorial and reflected in the Tidal Basin.
We begin our safari just before sunset at the FDR Memorial in the golden hour, capturing the reflection of the Washington Monument across the Tidal Basin. We then walk over to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and photograph the Jefferson Memorial in the blue hour of twilight, while we await the rise of the full moon, coming up as a deep red orb to the right of the Jefferson Memorial.
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. 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?
In the event of rain, the safari will be held the next evening.
Photo Credit: Mark Roth
- A sturdy tripod
- Extra memory cards
- Extra charged battery
- Accessories such as filters, remote release
- Weather appropriate clothing
Meet in front of FDR Memorial Bookstore at 1850 West Basin Drive SW
E. David Luria is founder and director of the Washington Photo Safari, which has trained 39,000 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.