A monthly series by E. David Luria, Founder & Director of the Washington Photo Safari
The Cherry Blossoms aren’t the only time to visit the Tidal Basin. Consider a walk (or jog!) to the Jefferson Memorial and capture the warm vibrant colors of fall. You will find this spot at the base of the steps leading from the FDR Memorial down to the Tidal Basin (Ohio Drive and Basin Drive SW), look left and you will see this graceful bower of trees. The best time to shoot it is in the morning sun.
Off the tourist circuit but a must see for garden photographers and art enthusiasts is the Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens which contains the largest collection of Russian imperial art outside of Russia. The gardens are absolutely spectacular, especially in the fall, and one of the big highlights is the Japanese Garden. While enjoying lunch in these gardens, train your camera on the fountains and capture the contrast in textures and colors. Photography is allowed throughout the gardens, but not in the museum itself. Tripods are allowed. Be sure to photograph the flowers in shade, not in sun, for more vibrant color, and this is a great place to use your Macro lens.
For this shot of a full moonrise over DC, go to the plaza in front of the Netherlands Carillon, near Arlington cemetery, on a full moon night (next one Oct 22), use a tripod and a long lens trained on the monuments. If the moon does not rise near the monuments, you will need to take two shots, one of the moon and another of the monuments, and put them together through the "multiple exposure" option of your camera, or in Photoshop.
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