My family and I just stepped out of one of the Smithsonian Museums, most likely the Smithsonian Museum of American History, during a winter vacation in 2012. I saw the most amazing sunset behind the Washington Monument. My first impulse was the run closer to it, so that I could get a clear shot, without the clutter of trees. I then remembered that the peak color for sunsets are fleeting. I wouldn’t get a good vantage point of the monument, before the color fades, especially with all the traffic in the area. I decided to shoot through trees.
It was the right thing to do. Not only did I capture that great color, I made a more memorable photograph. The tree silhouettes creates an interesting texture which adds uniqueness to a well photographed tourist attraction.
Shot with my old Olympus E-P3 with the Panasonic Leica 25mm f1.4 lens. Part of my Travelgram Collection, where I seek travel photos beyond the typical post cards.
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