Almost all of the monuments in Washington DC are close to some form of water. As long as it’s a calm night you can capture their reflections in the water and create beautiful symmetrical shots.
I took this photograph back in November in the early morning – it’s one of many that sometimes gets lost on my harddrive only to resurface later during some “house cleaning”! According to the date stamp embedded in the files it was 5:40AM to be more exact. They hadn’t turned the fountains on yet for the day so the water was still. I was also very lucky that the morning air was very calm. Even just a slight breeze will ripple the top of the water creating blur in the reflections.
Personally I think it’s a memorial that looks best at night. With all the lights illuminating it and the reflections in the water make it perfect for a night time visit.
Equipment used for this photo:
Canon 5D Mark II
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens
Benro A2691T Travel Angel Tripod w/ B1 Ballhead