This is the second in a series of photographs of the Washington Monument with the scaffolding being installed to repair the damage from the Virginia earthquake in August, 2011.
The first photograph, Repairing The Monument I, was taken earliest in the morning. This photograph was taken 28 minutes after the first photograph. The two are similar with the colors, but still very different in their feel. By this point in the morning the lights that illuminate the Washington Monument, U.S. Capitol, and the World War II Memorial had been turned off. This changed the monuments into being nothing more than silhouettes against the colors of the early morning sky.
One thing I’ve learnt from going out and shooting so many early morning sunrises is the scene constantly changes. I see some photographers setup, take a shot, then move on to a different location. For myself I’ve found it’s best to find a scene that I like and wait there shooting as the light changes. What might seem like a boring shot now will be amazing in 5 minutes. If you go out and shoot sunrises, give it a try. Stay in one spot and let the light and conditions change around you. Instead of going home with many OK pictures where the light isn’t it’s best, you might go home with some images with amazing colors – all from just waiting for them to appear.
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