Featured Photo

‘US Capitol Dome’
courtesy of ‘ep_jhu’

Photography is such a versatile art form. Not only is there a wealth of subjects and topics to shoot, but the way the image is exposed, manipulated, or processed can give an otherwise plain image an amazing life. And then there is the color to play around with: do you choose realistic color or extra saturated? Or even black and white? The options for expression are endless.

Take ep_jhu’s shot of the Capitol Building. On a pure composition level, this shot has been taken a million times. But by changing the coloring to black and white, and maximizing the contrast, this is suddenly a shot worth taking the time to see. It is now eye catchingly stark and looks more like a computer generated rendering than a photograph.

To end this post on an interactive note: Anyone know what direction ep_jhu was standing, in relation to the Capitol, to get this shot?

Brian is so DC. Born on Pennsylvania Ave (not there) to a lifelong Federal worker father and a mother who has worked for Garfinkel’s, the Smithsonian, and Mount Vernon. Raised on the “mean streets” of Cheverly, MD; went to high school at Gonzaga College High School (Hail Alma Mater!); and now trolls the corridors of Congress as a lobbyist, you couldn’t write a more quintessentially DC back-story. When he isn’t trying to save the country from itself, Brian can be found walking DC looking for that perfect photograph.

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3 thoughts on “Featured Photo

  1. The Statue of Freedom faces East, so it looks like it was taken from the North or Northwest of the Capitol. It was also taken from pretty high up off the ground, since it appears that he was level with the bottom part of the dome.

  2. Well, that was quick! Ryan you are correct. Someone remembered that the sun never sets on the face of Freedom.

  3. Thanks for selecting my photo!

    Ryan is right on – it was taken NNW of the Capitol, from the rooftop of the Madrigal Lofts building in the Mt. Vernon Triangle neighborhood. The building is 12 stories high and located near 4th & Mass NW.