Dupont Circle Fountain, Washington, DC


You wouldn’t know it to look at this picture, but this fountain stands in the center of the most congested traffic circle in Washington, DC.     But if you are a pedestrian, this is a wonderful place to settle on a nearby bench and enjoy a brief respite.

I was on my way to a meeting last Friday and, thanks to a smooth ride on the Metro, had some extra time when I emerged from the station less than a block away.   I stopped to take a few shots, and then continued on to my appointment. (Technical: (Nikon D800E with Nikon 20mm f/2.8 fixed lens, handheld. Exposure: 1/1250th sec. @ f/4, ISO 400)

This B&W version has been submitted to this week’s running of the Monochrome Madness series managed by Leanne Cole.  This is a great place to find some excellent monochrome images and it will appear on her blog  on Tuesday morning, November 4th.

The fountain at Dupont Circle is a memorial to Rear Admiral Samuel Francis Du Pont who became the first naval hero for the Union in the Civil War when his fleet captured Port Royal, South Carolina in a daring attack. There is a lot more to this story as well as Dupont Circle, but that will have to wait for a future post.  If you can’t wait, check out page 343 of James M. Goode’s encyclopedic volume, “Washington Sculpture: A Cultural History of Outdoor Sculpture in the Nation’s Capital.”

In the meantime, only a short time remains for you to vote in the After-Before Friday Forum to select the lucky image that will be turned over to eleven photographers each of whom will perform their post-processing magic on it.  Votes may be cast at Stacy Fischer’s VisualVenturing blog.

12 thoughts on “Dupont Circle Fountain, Washington, DC

    • Yes, the problem was here, not with your RSS. I accidentally hit “publish” instead of “schedule” after I had entered the text. It would have been pretty funny to have been here watching as I scrambled to upload that picture before too many people got the post with no image. Fortunately, it was just the one image, otherwise it would have been a very messy scene. Anyway, thanks for your note and the comments. Glad you did get to the image eventually. I hope to get back there soon and do a more thorough job.


    • Thanks very much. I agree, the fast speed helps here. I didn’t have the tripod with me, so my usual approach of a longer exposure wasn’t in the cards. But the flow from this outlet in the fountain’s bowl was the most interesting (the other two had less water coming out)so the fast shutter speed seemed the best way to go.


  1. Hi Robin, another wonderful black and white image. I started participating in the monochrome madness a few weeks ago, and I have to say that I am finding so many more images look wonderful as black and white – they some how simplified and I see detail that I wouldn’t see if the image is in colour. I like how the clouds seem to be bubbling out of the top of the fountain! keep up the good work.


    • Thanks, Janice. I appreciate your thoughts. Yes, Leanne’s series is a big help in reminding us about the value of the B&W medium. I was really happy to see those clouds when I walked into the Circle. I think the image would have been far less interesting without them.

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  2. Beautiful B&W. I think for the fountain shooting it is better to use fast shutter speed. Then you can see how the water jet breaking into drops and shimmer in the light. With the slow speed shutter it looks like still water sculpture.


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