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Sunrise on the Potomac River

Capture the Morning Activity

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Photograph the Potomac River at Sunrise

One of the best times to see this city is at sunrise. As the sun comes up behind the Capitol, our Potomac River shoreline comes alive with activity: runners along Rock Creek Parkway and shell and kayak enthusiasts digging their oars into the river in the early morning mist. And it all makes a great picture.

So our photo safari in Washington, DC this morning led by architectural photographer E. David Luria starts at Thompson’s Boat House right below the Kennedy Center, where we catch the boaters shouldering their long sculls and, in one coordinated motion, easing them into the Potomac right next to the old wooden structure at the mouth of the C and O Canal which was the original “Watergate”. Then we photograph their colorful boats silhouetted against the morning sun as they make their way along the river, with the backdrop of Roosevelt Bridge and Key Bridge and the Rosslyn skyline.

Next up on our Potomac River photo tour, we capture the magnificent Swedish Embassy in the early morning light, and the colorful Washington Harbor complex before moving along Rock Creek Parkway up to the beautiful Arlington Memorial Bridge, with the sun shining through its arches. Bring a neutral density filter and a circular polarizing filter and we will help you make all the traffic on the bridge and on Rock Creek Parkway disappear! How cool is that?

  • Chevron down What to Bring
    • Camera
    • Extra charged battery
    • Extra memory card
    • Filters
    • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Chevron down Where to Meet
  • Meet at Thompson’s Boat House at 2900 Virginia Avenue NW, metered parking available in adjoining lot off Rock Creek Parkway. Here is a map!

  • Chevron down Your Instructor
  • E. David Luria is founder and director of the Washington Photo Safari, which has trained 35,000 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.