This past Monday I went to the Jefferson Memorial at dawn to take pictures of the sunrise. Luckily I got there before sunrise and I was able to capture such vivid colors. The other photographers weren’t so lucky.
I had gotten to the Jefferson Memorial well before sunrise. The path along the tidal basin was dark, but you could just barely make out where to walk so you wouldn’t fall into the water. I picked a spot so that I could still see the front columns and it would also place the sun rising just slightly to the left of the memorial. I setup my tripod and camera and waited. I only had to wait about 20 minutes before the sun approaching the horizon started to illuminate the night sky. You could see a faint red color with your eye, but taking a longer exposure with the camera really brought out the color. This mix of blues and reds only lasted about 5 minutes, so you had to be ready for it. About 20 minutes later other photographers started to show up and setup their tripods. Unfortunately at that point the sun was too close to crossing the horizon, so these spectacular colors had already faded away.