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1. barbarabrock,where did you take this photo?

National Archives in Washington DC. It was a long day of taking hundreds of photos of spectacular architecture and sights.

2. What time of day?

I think it was around 2 p.m.

3. Anything worth sharing about lighting?

Nothing special...just a clear day in May.

4. What equipment did you use?

I used a Sony Nex-6, hand held.

5. What inspired you to take this photo?

Washington DC is such a playground of photo ops! I was awestruck by the beautiful architecture. These strong and ornate pillars just seemed to call out for this shot.

6. Did you do any post-processing? if yes, tell us about it!

The only post-processing was the use of the sliders in iphoto. I don't use Photoshop or any other post-processing software.

7. What equipment do you normally have in your bag?

I most frequently use the 16-50 mm lens. I also carry a 50-210 mm, a fish-eye and a fixed 14 mm lens. I carry a tripod around with me but rarely use it. I recently added a "bean bag" thing to my gear, and that seems to work very well for me to steady the shots. I never use filters or flashes. I keep it very, very simple.

8. Any advice for others trying to capture something similar?

The main thing is to think of the subject as a "design" and not as a "location" to document. Think, "Look up." Get the camera low and aim high. Stand close (relatively) to the building or subject edges. Try to capture cloud patterns in the image.


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