Photograph of the Washington Monument with the scaffolding being installed to repair the damage from the Virginia earthquake in August, 2011.
This past Friday morning I went down to the Lincoln Memorial to take some sunrise pictures. I knew I wanted to photograph the Washington Monument in the reflecting pool with the scaffolding up around its base. I was all setup a little over an hour before the sun would come up. It turned out that in front of the Lincoln Memorial was pretty busy, even that early in the morning. There was a large group doing exercises on the north lawn from the memorial. The clouds in the sky didn’t look all that great, so I wasn’t sure if I’d get anything I liked, but from experience I know things can change fast.
As I waited for the approaching colors to appear, a sliver opening appeared far in the distance above the U.S. Capitol and the Smithsonian Castle. As the sun started to get closer to crossing the horizon the clouds took on a deep blue color while the opening in the cloud cover turned pink. The colors balanced well with the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol dome illuminated in the early morning.
This is actually only one photograph in a series of three that I’ll be posting. I stayed in the same spot for about an hour and a half as the colors in the sky and clouds changed.
Equipment used for this photo:
Canon 5D Mark III
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens
Slik 700DX Tripod
Bogen 3030 3-way pan/tilt head