Ridin’ The Rails With Your Camera: A Photo Safari on the Washington Metro!

Photograph the vaulted tunnels on Metro's Yellow and Red Lines, learn low-light and mixed-light techniques

Quick Details

As instructor, professional photographer E. David Luria will provide tips on low-light and mixed-light photography, taking pictures of the cavernous, vaulting ceilings at Gallery Place and Metro Center, how to photograph moving trains coming into a station, how to capture the dramatic view from the escalator at Dupont Circle, how to photograph the landmark views from outdoor stations at National Airport and Judiciary Square, how to make proper white balance and ISO adjustments, and how to photograph passing scenes from a moving train.

We begin inside the Terminal C Metro station in National Airport, where we photograph views of the airport as seen from the station. Then we take the Yellow Line across the scenic 14th Street Bridge to Gallery Place, where we photograph the interesting station design and the colorful artwork.

From there we continue to Judiciary Square, where we exit briefly to photograph the exterior of one of the most beautiful sights along the Red Line, the National Building Museum/Pension Building. We then go back into Metro and travel to Metro Center to photograph the artistically intersecting tunnels. Finally we end up at the spectacular escalator soaring up to the street at Dupont Circle on the Red Line, photographing that “light at the end of the tunnel” image made famous by Washington Post photographer Douglas Chevalier when the Metro opened in 1976.

  • Chevron down What to Bring
    • Camera (Any camera will do, but “fast” SLR lenses such as a 50mm F1.4 or F1.8, or a 35 mm F1.8 are highly recommended)
    • Extra charged battery
    • Extra memory card
    • No tripod
    • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Chevron down Where to Meet
  • Meet inside the Metro entrance of Terminal C, Reagan National Airport. Put enough money on your farecard for one exit at Judiciary Square, one exit at Dupont Circle, and the exit at your home station.

  • 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.