Last Saturday, I went to Washington DC to photograph the United States Capitol building at night. Unbeknownst to me, (sometimes it pays to do a little research before visiting a location) the Capitol building dome is under restoration, undergoing major repairs. It is completely shrouded in scaffolding, the United States Capitol building looks awful.
I also learned that to take pictures of the exterior of the U.S. Capitol with a tripod (a must for night photography) I needed a special permit. Tripod permits are available through the Capitol Police, but their office is closed on weekends.
So I decided to photograph the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, this is a spot for photo aficionados. I was expecting to see tons of photographers bumping tripod legs and jostling for position to catch the "blue hour". The place was practically empty, maybe they knew something I didn't. (To be honest, I didn't checked the weather forecast).
By the time I arrived to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial all hell broke loose, as a big thunderstorm moved over the Tidal Basin. Two full hours of thunder and non-stop torrential rain. I was one of a handful number of people battling the weather, waiting for the storm to pass.
Around 8 o'clock in the evening, there were only a few clouds in the sky, so I was able to finally get a couple of pictures during the blue hour. I was very happy about that.
These are a few sample of my latest images, enjoy!
1) George Washington Bridge, Fort Lee Historic Park, New Jersey.
2) Manhattan, New York City.
3) Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Washington DC.