At night, the World War II Memorial is alive with illuminated dancing water in the huge fountains that dominate the memorial, creating a magical wonderland!
Sunset & Timelapse Neutral Density Photography at the Watergate Steps
Use Polarizing and Neutral Density Filters to Capture Sunsets & Timelapse Images
Join professional photographer Alain Gutierrez as he teaches you how to do timelapse or hyperlapse photography with your phone and/or camera during a sunset on the famous Watergate Steps in Washington, DC that descend from the Lincoln Memorial to the Potomac River.
Timelapses, or hyperlapses, are sequences of images that together create a video. During the 90 minutes that you will be there, you will also be able to take beautiful images of the sunset using a polarized (CPL) or a neutral density (ND) filter. This is a great opportunity to learn and practice the techniques of photography using filters, cellphone timelapse, On-camera exposure, F-stops and shutter speeds, and Long Exposure techniques. Watch the video to see how the images you capture can create a timelapse video!
A polarizing or neutral density (ND) filter is the perfect tool for creating amazing long exposure images by day or by night. For this unique workshop, we suggest you bring 2 tripods, one for the camera and one for the phone, and a phone holder for tripod mount, along with a polarizing filter and an ND 8 or ND 10 filter.
- Extra memory cards
- Extra charged battery
- Accessories such as Polarizing and Neutral Density filters
- Remote Release
- Weather appropriate clothing
Meet at top of Watergate steps near the Lincoln Memorial.
Alain Gutierrez is a professional photographer, photojournalist, food blogger, and creator of Thru Alain’s Eyes, LLC, <http://www.thrucubaneyes.com/> a photo tour company based in Bethesda, Maryland. He earned a degree in journalism from the University of Havana and worked as a photojournalist for nearly 20 years in Havana. He photographed many social and cultural events of significance, such as the opening of the United States Embassy, President Barack Obama’s arrival, and Pope Francis’s visit.
Since moving to the U.S., he has led several photo tours for Washington Photo Safari in Cuba. He also recently worked as an Adjunct Professor at American University, teaching introductory digital photography. Currently, he works as a freelance photographer, collaborating with digital media and marketing consultants on designing and providing images for online platforms and websites for Sandy Springs Summer Camp and Trinity School in Ellicott City.
In his short time living in America, Alain has had the opportunity to photograph the Christmas Revels’ annual performances at the GW Lisner Auditorium and the Havana Lyceum Orchestra when they performed at the Kennedy Center. His photos have also been featured at the Exposed DC Photography Show 2020 at the Touchstone Gallery in Washington, D.C.; at American University’s “Resistance: The Exhibition” at its Center for Media & Social Impact at the School of Communication; at Stop Motion’s 2019 Year in Review in Washington, D.C. and in the Crystal City Fotowalk Underground Exhibitions (April 2019 – April 2021) in Arlington, VA.