What’s On The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree?

US Capitol Christmas Tree

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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.

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U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree – 2009

U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree - 2009

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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:

U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree - 100% view from 250 megapixel original

100% view from 250 megapixel original


U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree - 100% view from 250 megapixel original

100% view from 250 megapixel original

Equipment used for this photo:
Canon 7D
Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens
Manfrotto 3021 Tripod
Bogen 3030 3-way pan/tilt head

 

Purchase the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree – 2009 print alone or framed through Fine Art America.
Purchase the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree – 2009 print directly from the artist.