Welcome to Flickr Fridays, where I highlight a picture I particularly enjoy on flickr and talk a little bit about it. This week, I feature a shot of the US Capitol at night.
The United States Capitol: for most people it represents something. For some it represents democracy and freedom, for others it may represent gridlock and petty arguing. For me it’s one of the most recognizable symbols of government that we have in this country. It also happens to be one of my favorite places in DC to shoot. My favorite time to photograph the Capitol — as is the case with most of DC’s monuments — is in the evening or or well after dark. It looks so much more grand and stately to me lit up,. Plus, and let’s be honest here, fewer people around after dark is also a huge bonus for an introvert like me.
The picture of the Capitol I am sharing today was taken on November 29th, 2017. I was on one of my first evening photo walks after I had gotten my new camera, and while I had taken some pretty nice shots, I hadn’t taken that “one” yet. You all know what that “one” is, and I shouldn’t have to explain it. I made my way down to the Ulysses S. Grant memorial and got a few uninspiring shots of the National Mall and Washington Monument. Then I turned around and put on a 200mm prime and got some OK shots of the dome. Finally something told me to put my Sony 50mm f/1.8 and do a long exposure. I didn’t bring a tripod since I wasn’t planning on doing LE photography, so I sat my camera on the marble railing, set it for a ten second exposure, and a two second delay, and clicked the shutter.
This image happens to be one of my favorites. I allowed it to be used through CC with attribution, and since I have seen it used on quite a few websites when they need a picture of the Capitol. I can’t help but feel proud of that.
Please see the image below. Until next Flicker Friday, later my photonerds!