November 2, 2011 Part 2 Washington DC At Night   Leave a comment

Monuments are open most days and may be viewed from sunup until around midnight.  Check the National Parks Service or specific monument’s website for details.  Some monuments but not all  have Park Rangers on duty after sundown.  The Rangers are a great source for information, directions and little known facts about Washington DC and her history. 

Seeing our Nation’s Icon’s in their ‘best light’ was amazing.  Bring your camera and bring your tripod  The rangers might ask you to put your tripod away due to tripping/injury concerns.  Late October/Early November are typically a lower visitor time.  We could easily set up a tripod anywhere (except the White House).  We discovered the weather might be rainy, snowy cool or warm at this time of year. I found this website a great source of photography inspiration and guidelines http://photoguidedc.com/monuments-landmarks/  Check out the area called “Scaffolding Alerts!”  I knew before leaving home that we would run into construction during our visit and chose to include ‘scaffolding’ in my shots.  I was happy to see people working and didn’t feel orange tape, a crane or a field of mud where the Reflecting Pond once existed Interfered with a beautiful sunset reflecting on the dome of Capitol.

Fun Fact:  The Bartholdi Fountain was the first public monument  illuminated in Washington DC.

This is a very interesting and informative article about the theory of lighting Washington DC’s Monuments and how NASCAR theory has been employed.  Washington Post’s Bathed In the Right Light:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/24/AR2007082400650.html 

Dr.  Martin Luther King Jr.

Fun Fact:  St. Louis based Randy Burkett Lighting Design company spent five years designing the lighting for Dr. King’s Memorial.   (Randy Burkett Lighting Design also designed lighting for St. Louis Arch – this local company is really making a name for themselves!)  Click to see other project RBLD has worked  http://www.rbldi.com/

 Dr. King (Tidal Basin reflection from Jefferson Memorial grounds)

Air Force Memorial is located in Arlington Virginia, overlooking the Pentagon and near Arlington Cemetery.  The Airforce Memorial  honors the Services and Sacrifices of the United States Air Force and its predecessor organizations, including the Aeronautical Division, U.S. Signal Corps; the Aviation Section, U.S. Signal Corps; the Division of Military Aeronautics, Secretary of War; the Army Air Service; the U.S. Army Air Corps; and the U.S. Army Air Forces.

Fact:  The three spires represent the image of the United States Air Force Thunderbird Demonstration Team  “bomb burst” maneuver.

Washington Monument Reflections (Tidal Basin reflection from Jefferson Memorial)

Jefferson Memorial (Tidal Basin reflection from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial)

NEXT: Visiting the Capitol Building, Senate in Session, Congressman Carnahan Meet-up

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Posted March 16, 2012 by cjaaron1 in Uncategorized

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