I admire photographers who undertake a mission to take at least one image every day for a specified period of time, often an entire year. I don’t think I could pull that off, but they have a point. One needs to keep practicing their craft so it’s a good idea to get out fairly often even if you don’t have a specific subject in mind. So one afternoon last week I went out for a “practice session.” The following images were all taken within about 90 minutes.
US Botanical Garden and US Capitol Building
I just happened to catch a glimpse of this view as I was walking toward the Disabled Veterans Memorial. I stopped and tried a few variations even though though the plants were in shadow.
Late Afternoon, Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial
The late afternoon sun was doing a nice job illuminating the west end of the Rayburn House Office Building and the lack of wind made it possible to capture a nice reflection in the Memorial’s pool. I’m not thrilled with this angle, however, and another session might be a good idea.
Heading back toward the Capitol Building, I was confronted with this composition and set down the tripod, hoping that I could get a picture before I was discovered by the ever vigilant Tripod Police. There is nothing that motivates one to photograph quickly and efficiently like the knowledge that people with weapons are looking for you.
U.S. Capitol Building and the “Artillery” Sculpture
This image of the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial shows a portion of one of the large sculptures flanking the Grant stature about 100 feet to the left. This has always been a highly dramatic sculpture but now, with the bizarre appearance of the Capitol Building, their pose of wild panic might be viewed with a different interpretation than originally intended by the sculptor.
Evening, Ulysses S. Grant Statue and U.S. Capitol Building
This was the last image of the evening. I decided not to press my luck any longer with the the Tripod Police. Plus, I had added a number of images to my inventory documenting this stage of the Capitol Dome Restoration Project.