I was recently fortunate enough to spend a few days in our nations capitol. First, let me say it is one of the most amazing cities I have ever visited. There aren’t many large cities that draw me to them and make me want to return, but this one sure did. Secondly, I absolutely love cities that have figured out mass transit. It’s unfortunate that many cities in the west still don’t have viable mass transit available to their citizens.
I originally intended to write a short post about my experience trying to use a tripod as a hobbyist photographer in Washington, D.C. but it turned into a rather lengthy post about stupid policies preventing hobbyist photographers (read: tourists spending money) from using tripods (or in some instances telephoto lenses or worse, cameras with interchangeable lenses) to capture images of places they visit and things they experience. I rambled on about the, in my opinion, even stupider (or maybe just lazy) people who are tasked with administering and enforcing said policies who are not educated about what “commercial” means, or why a certain camera or accessory is considered “commercial.” I guess I expect too much of humanity. I digress, and share a few photos from my trip, enjoy.
I took a very casual approach to my photos and didn’t wait for the perfect moment or for the long line of visitors to move on so I had a clear shot. I composed my images around other visitors and in different ways. The photo of the Washington Monument was taken out the car window as we accelerated from a traffic signal. Mister Lincoln was shot from the only clear angle in the room. I was impressed by how many people were inside the memorial.
I spent some quiet time reflecting at the World War II Memorial, pondering things my grandfather had written in his journal about his service in the Navy and experiences from Pearl Harbor to Midway.
Update: If you have any plans for visiting Washington, D.C. I highly suggest visiting David Coleman’s DC Photography Guide well in advance so you have time to properly plan and prepare.