What’s the deal with the banner photo?

While I spend time figuring out how to operate in the WordPress environment, I might as well tell you a little bit about the image at the top of this page. I live in Northern Virginia, just upriver from Washington, DC.  So the city is where I do most of my photography, usually at this time of day (twilight) and often with a lunar or solar theme.  Aside from the fact that this image could squeeze into the aspect ratio dictated by WordPress (1000 X 288), it also evokes my approach to photography.

This was taken on a 14th floor balcony of a building in Arlington, a few minutes after the moon came up on August 23, 2010. It actually is six photographs taken in sequence as I panned from left to right with the camera on a tripod.  The single panorama was created using the “Photomerge” tool in Photoshop. (Technical data: Nikon D700, 70-200mm f/2.8 lens extended to 122mm, exposure was 2 sec at f/16, ISO 200.)

Here is another image taken less than 15 minutes later. Things change quickly at twilight.Washington DC at Twilight

In upcoming posts, I’ll talk mostly about photography in Washington, suggesting possible locations and the best times to be there.  I suspect there also will be occasional stories about the “Tripod Police” as well as the images that got away. Comments and questions are always welcome.

4 thoughts on “What’s the deal with the banner photo?

    • Hi, Mitch: Close. it was taken from the terrace of “The Top of the Town” which is located on the 14th floor of a building on 14th Street in Rosslyn.It’s a conference and reception facility and a wedding reception was going on while I was up there back in 2010.


      • Gotcha. I used to work in the twin towers when they were occupied by USAToday and Gannett (I was in the Gannett tower, on the 21st floor). The view from that area of Rosslyn can’t be beat, especially for photo ops like that.


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