Photographing Holiday Illuminations at Mount Vernon

During this nighttime workshop, participants have the unique opportunity to learn from an expert how to photograph the nighttime radiance of 18th Century illuminations.

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During this nighttime workshop, participants have the unique opportunity to learn from an expert how to photograph the nighttime radiance of bonfires, candles, and lanterns, as well as Mount Vernon’s spectacular holiday fireworks over the Potomac River. Washington Photo Safari director E. David Luria will give hands-on photography tips as well as camera techniques. Participants should bring a camera with adjustable shutter speeds and apertures and a tripod.

This workshop takes place during “Christmas Illuminations at Mount Vernon,” a special evening of fireworks and fun. In addition to photographing dazzling fireworks at approximately 8:45 pm, our safari will stroll through the historic area and photograph costumed interpreters demonstrating the 18th-century process of creating chocolate, colonial dancers in the Greenhouse, a working blacksmith, and a winter encampment with re-enactors from the First Virginia Regiment. Participants may also enjoy cider, cookies, and musicians performing 18th-century tunes. We will not photograph inside the Mansion.