Posts Tagged ‘washington monument’

DSC_0137During one of my many treks through the United States’ Nations Capital (Washington D.C.) there are a ton of photographic opportunities.  I try to pick just one subject to photograph each time I’m in the city.  This helps me to get the best shot.  I’m not good enough to compose a great images in a matter of minutes like the professional photographers out there.  It helps me to get at least one shot I’m very pleased with.  It’s a little past 6am EST the morning of this shot.  The sun is directly behind the Washington Monument.

Washington Monument Trivia!
You might have noticed in this picture that it appears the bottom of the monument is a different color.  You’re eyes are correct!  They started building the monument to George Washington back in 1848 – 1854.  But construction was put on hold due to politics, funding, and many other things.  It was finally finished between 1878 – 1884.  Due to this decades long gap – they ended up having to slice marble from a different location in Maryland which is why to this day we have a two toned monument.

Also the monument is 555 ft tall… wow.

Also no other buildings in Washington D.C. are allowed to be taller than the Monument or the Capital Building.  Which is why to this day these structures are still very prominent in the skyline, even-though we have the construction abilities to build significantly taller things than this now.

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Welcome again to my hobby blog.  This post is about hobby #4, photography.  And what would have happened if I gave up.  Let me explain:

I’m new to photography.  Just got a Nikon D3100 which is like an intro level pro camera.  I didn’t know much about photography, I just knew I liked taking pictures.  Some day I’m going to take a class to get better.  But here was my dream, to head into Washington DC just before Sunrise and take some amazingly sunning shots of the monuments as the sky was brilliant with color.  I did ton’s of research for which shots I wanted to take so I didn’t wast my time walking around downtown.  But then I ran into a problem.  It is illegal to park ANYWHERE in downtown DC before 8 o’clock.  I got there around 5:30 to be ready for the 6:20.

Before I knew it the sun was starting to come up and I missed a wonderful sunrise on this particular Saturday morning.  So out of pure frustration (didn’t want to leave empty handed) I took a quick (and poor) snapshot of the Washington Monument from my car.  I was bummed BEYOND belief.  So I began the long drive home.  By the time I got back to Gaithersburg (suburb 40 minutes outside of Washington.)  I thought to myself, “You know what, yes you could go home and pout.  Or you could make the best use of the time you have and just take pictures of something else.”  And that exactly what I did.  I pulled off to a lake not far from my house and began to walk around and set up some pictures.

Just look at what I would have missed out on!  I really love this picture because it took me so long to set up this shot with my tripod.  To find a spot where it looked like you were emerging from the forest with a pretty clean view of this dock as the sun was rising.  I used some filter to up bring out the color.  This was a really fun shot to set up.  Or check out this next picture.  This is while I was on the dock starring toward the sun.

I took probably 30 different pictures of this shot right here before I got one I really liked.  This looks good in color, but simply stunning in Black and White.  Notice how clear the rays of the sun are shining down on the misty lake.  See that water on the dock?  I added that lol.  I thought it would help break up the textures a little bit.  This was a very fun shot to create.  A lot of people feel a lot of different emotions from this particular shot.  For me it reminds me of summer camp, just before a stampede of kids would be able to to disturb the peace of the water.


I took many shots, but these are my two favorites.  See what I would have missed out on if I gave up after my “Plan” didn’t work out?  But isn’t that life anyway?  We make our plans but ultimately we have to go where the road takes us?  So next time life gives you a detour, why fight it kicking and screaming?  Just go with it, because you never know what’s right around the corner, or in my case, in your own backyard!

What detours has life given you that resulted in an unexpected surprise?  LEAVE A COMMENT!  I’d love to hear!