The US Capitol has up their Christmas tree this year so I went and photographed the ornaments like I did last year.
The weather conditions were good enough this past week that I was able to go over and take my yearly picture of the Christmas tree at the US Capitol. You’ll want to read the rest of this post so you can get to the zoomable version of this photo. There you’ll be able to zoom into it and see all the detail!
Every year just before the holidays start there are two tree lightings that happen in Washington DC. One is the well known National Christmas Tree which is at The Ellipse in front of the White House. The other is the lesser known tree in front of the US Capitol, which is known as the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. The Christmas Tree at the U.S. Capitol you can get much closer to then the National Christmas Tree. There also never seems to be a crowd at the tree.
Every year the U.S. Capitol puts up a Christmas Tree on the National Mall side of the building. Most people know about the tree in front of the White House at the Ellipse but don’t know about this one. This is a photograph of the Christmas Tree from 2009.
This image is actually very large, it’s 250 megapixels in size. The true full size version that could be made is big, this image could be stitched to be 1.5 gigapixel in size, but I made it smaller to make the processing much easier. Even at 250 megapixel there’s still lots of detail in the image. Here are a couple 100% crops from the 250 megapixel version:
Equipment used for this photo:
Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens
Manfrotto 3021 Tripod
Bogen 3030 3-way pan/tilt head