Come join us for the best view of DC, from the 35th-floor Observation Deck of the Central Place Tower in Arlington, at the Golden Hour.
World War II Memorial at Night
Photograph the World War II Memorial at night, when it comes to life as a magical wonderland!
By day it is a sea of gray cement teeming with visitors, but by night it is a magical wonderland for the nighttime photographer. Designed by architect Friedrich St. Florian and inaugurated in 1994, the World War II Memorial comes to life at twilight as the sun goes down and the lights come on in the fountains and the massive Atlantic and Pacific towers.
Rising to the east above the dancing white fountains is the illuminated Washington Monument, stark white against a deep blue sky. To the west, reflected in the long Reflecting Pool, is the golden temple of the Lincoln Memorial framing the pure white statue of Lincoln himself.
Along the sides of the memorial are bas-relief scenes from the war in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters, which make dramatic photographers when rendered in monochrome!
Architectural photographer and Washington Photo Safari director E. David Luria will show you how to capture these and many other images in your camera as he teaches you the techniques of long-exposure nighttime photography on Manual Mode without flash, and how to achieve good composition, exposure, and proper white balance/ color filtration, using all the white balance option of your camera’s menu.
Any camera will do, but you must have a STURDY, good-quality tripod. Our safari begins a few minutes before sunset and ends two hours later.
- Extra memory cards
- Extra charged battery
- Sturdy Tripod
- Accessories such as filters, remote release, flashlight
- Weather appropriate clothing
Meet at northernmost flagpole of WWII Memorial on 17th Street between Independence Ave SW and Constitution Avenue NW, nearest Metro is Smithsonian (Mall exit), street parking is available on Constitution Ave and side streets.
E. David Luria is founder and director of the Washington Photo Safari, which has trained 36,000 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.