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Come join us for the best view of DC, from the 35th-floor Observation Deck of the Central Place Tower in Arlington, at twilight.
Safari of Washington DC's Monuments
Note: the March 10, April 7 and June 9 Safaris will be taught by Elody Crimi
Most of our monuments look even better at night than they do in the daytime! So on this special photo safari designed for smartphone users we are going to take you to DC’s best-known memorials after dark and show you where and how to take great pictures with your phone! And smartphones themselves are getting better every year in low-light situations! The late-model I-Phones, Samsungs, Motorola, LG, and Google Phones are much better now than their predecessors at hand-held nighttime photography, with excellent exposure, color and white balance rendition.
We start our safari by picking you up with our car outside the exit of the Federal Center Metro station on the Blue/Orange/Silver Line and taking you right by the Ulysses Grant statue to photograph the beautiful West Front of the US Capitol building at night. From there, we move up Pennsylvania Avenue on to the lovely architecture of the North Portico of the White House seen from Lafayette Park, with its illuminated fountain.
Our next stop is the Tidal Basin parking lot, to capture the iconic Jefferson Memorial, reflected in the waters of the Tidal Basin, and our final stop is in front of the Lincoln Memorial, with its famous view down the Reflecting Pool of the Washington Monument and the US Capitol. We also photograph the magnificent Lincoln statue sculpted by Daniel Chester French, beautifully illuminated in white light, and then end up at the nearby Albert Einstein Memorial for a group picture which we will email to all the clients!
Here is what one client had to say about the safari:
“David is patient and clear in his presentation of teaching new skills to the novice photographer. I have owned a DSLR for 5 years and have only shot automatic, with this class David showed me the basics of how to set up on a tripod, take photographs at night and it was a great evening. He has you park in a easily accessible location in DC and drives you to all the sites. Can’t wait to join again for the next safari. 5 stars all around!” Nicole M.
Please note: Limit of 4 people. This safari is open to any client who is fully vaccinated. Parking is available on nearby streets. Mr. Luria will return clients to their cars or to Federal Center Metro at the end of the safari.
We’ll pick you up outside the exit of the Federal Center Metro Station. Here is a map!
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.