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Photographing Holiday Illuminations at Mount Vernon

Photographing Holiday Illuminations at Mount Vernon

Join us at Mount Vernon for an exciting new after-hours program, “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 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. 

Be sure to register early for this special event  which will give you wonderful images to share with friends and family. First-come, first-served on registration, limited to 7 participants. The fee of $99  includes admission to Mount Vernon and all photographic instruction.

Safari Details:

Meet at 5:30 pm at the ticket entrance gate to Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Drive, Alexandria. Parking is available at adjoining lots.  Bring camera, all lenses, a remote release and a sturdy tripod - dress warmly!

Call David at 202-669-8468 if delayed.

About the Instructor:

E. David Luria, a professional architectural photographer, has photographed over 2,700 apartment buildings, hotels and restaurants. Trained in Paris by a protégé of Henri Cartier Bresson, he is a member of the American Society of Media Photographer and the Association of Independent Architectural Photographers, and his images of the nation’s capital have appeared in over 100 publications and on 30 magazine covers. He serves as a Contributing Photographer to the Washington Post’s Apartment Showcase Magazine, to the National Cherry Blossoms Festival and the US Capitol Historical Society He is also founder and director of the Washington Photo Safari, which since 1999 has trained over 35,000 amateur photographers in improved photographic technique.

Photo by Sherryl Belinsky