A Flickr friend of mine, Dan Huntley, came into DC for business Saturday and I met up with him downtown to shoot a bit around the mall area. It was an unusually warm day & night for us here in the Mid Atlantic area, so it made for a cool but pleasant evening of shooting.
The above shot was taken as Dan finally arrived by taxi from his hotel. Previously while I was waiting for him I was positioned with my tripod in the reflecting pool to try to get a better composition. This led to many smiles from people passing by…or was it laughter? LOL.
Dan and I proceeded up to the Lincoln Memorial to get some shots of this magnificent memorial. I know I cannot come to town without stopping by here to shoot some.
I was prepared for shooting around here and brought my 50mm and 35mm primes for handheld shooting. Using a tripod around DC, especially the Memorials is usually not tolerated. Though last night there were a ton of tripods around, which makes me wonder if they changed their rules.
After we shot inside the Lincoln Memorial we turned our attention down the Reflecting Pool. There was quite a bit of haze for this time of year due to the temperatures, but it made for some nice reflective colors as the sun set behind us. I could easily sit here for hours and just look out at the city.
We walked down to the reflecting pool and got a few closer shots of the US Capitol and Washington Monument. The Reflecting Pool makes for some wonderful evening compositions.
We made our way to the World War II Memorial, unfortunately they are doing a lot of work on it right now so the fountains were not working. But I did mange a pretty cool shot from inside one of the entrances. This is looking straight up. I tool this with my fish-eye lens.
We decided that it was getting a bit cool and it was also about time to get something to eat. So we walked to where my car was parked and captured a few shots of the Jefferson Memorial looking across the Tidal Basin before heading to dinner.
We headed up to where Dan was staying, and eventually ended up in Chinatown. Dan treated me to a nice dinner at one of the Chinese restaurants there, “Thanks again Dan”! Dinner was excellent and my belly was stuffed all the way home.
When we exited the Chinese restaurant we decided to get a few shots of the entrance to Chinatown. I got a few with Dan in the shots as the cars and buses whizzed by us.
I captured a quick grab from the middle of street. I had it timed out pretty good with the traffic lights as to not get hit by any cars *smile*.
At this point it was getting near 9pm and I am normally in bed by now, and with a 2 hour trip home I decided that I should be getting going. So I left Dan to do some more shooting without me. But I am sure I will be back down here soon enough to capture some more fun.
I will leave you with one more shot from inside of the Lincoln Memorial. Thanks for reading!