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Tracy Turner

Advise for Washington DC trip

I'm going to Washington DC the week of April 2-9 and was wondering if anyone had any advise on what & how to shoot there? I will hit all the monuments, I'm sure, but wanted something special that not everyone else might think of. Thanks for any tips- Tracy

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3/29/2005 10:52:02 AM

Tracy Turner   I forgot to mention that I'm shooting digital, Canon 10D, I have 3 lenses- 50mm,75-300mm,& 28-80mm. Thanks again!

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3/29/2005 10:55:32 AM

doug Nelson   You will be in DC at about the peak of the cherry blossom season. See them between the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial. Avoid the C and O Canal behind Georgetown right now; it has been drained of water and is quite a mess.

You have the long lens and fast 50 end well covered. As so much here is architectural, you might want a bit more wide angle. A Sigma 14mm will give you about 25mm coverage using digital. (I've heard good things about the Sigma 14; never used one). Avoid the chief mistake I see being made by tourists in DC- no lens shade in bright directional light. Get shades for those lenses.

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3/29/2005 1:19:00 PM

Andrew Laverghetta
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/13/2004
  If you are interested in getting pictures with less people in them or maybe no people, try shooting at night. Even if there are people, they will probably not be standing in one place long enough to show up on you image. What I'm saying is, take the shot at night using a long shutter speed and small aperture on a tripod. People will continue walking and anybody looking at the picture should thing that nothing's wrong. Hope this helps a little.

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3/29/2005 1:41:52 PM

Peter K. Burian
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/8/2004
  Tracy: You are not allowed to use a tripod on the Mall unless you have a Tripod Permit and that's usually given out only to professionals.

For night photography, you may need to use ISO 800 for fast shutter speeds for sharp images. ISO 400 should be fine at shorter focal lengths.

Try to brace your elbows on some firm support to minimize the risk of blur from camera shake.

(You can try using a tripod but if an officer sees you, he will make you put it away. I have done a lot of shooting in DC.)

Cheers! Peter Burian,

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3/30/2005 6:38:04 AM

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