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Overview of DC: Central Place Tower at the Golden Hour

Skyline city photography at the Golden Hour

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Observation Deck at the ” Golden Hour”  Photography

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 last 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 in the soft golden light just before sunset by joining us for this exciting new photo Safari from the 35th floor rooftop Observatory Deck of the Central Place Building Tower in Arlington VA, just slightly west of the airplane flight paths.

Although the Tower is now officially closed to the public, we have arranged an exclusive Washington Photo Safari visit to the Tower, giving you a 360 degree view 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.

The 12,000 square foot Central Place 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 panes that are just wide enough for a camera lens to look through and get an unobstructed view of the city!

And to help you shoot through windows and avoid the reflection of indoor lights on the window, we provide a lens skirt!

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 of 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 Central Place 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 Central Place Tower is located and rise up in 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. Please note that Tripods are not allowed on the Observation Deck, so leave yours at home for this safari.

True to our tradition of only taking you to the BEST places in town for photography, this safari is available to the first 7 photographers who apply.

The fee includes admission to the Central Place Tower.