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Capitol Christmas



Every Year, I take a shot of the Capitol Christmas Tree from the same location from across the Reflecting Pool.

Every Year, I take a shot of the Capitol Christmas Tree from the same location from across the Reflecting Pool.
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Andrea_Ferrari92 PRO
 
Wow!
waynegarcia PRO+
 
waynegarcia Mar 16
Congratulations on the win
RSeanC PRO+
 
RSeanC Mar 20
Beautiful
mrsvilkic
 
mrsvilkic Mar 23
I just enjoy your photos, well done.
Safetygal PRO
 
Safetygal Apr 08
Beautiful reflection!! Nice work!

Behind The Lens

Location
Every year, I take a photo of the Capitol Christmas Tree from the very same spot from across the reflecting pool. Over the years, this was the best photo by far.
Time
This photo was taken after work at around 7pm. I didn’t take my tripod with me, so I place my camera on the ground and shot a long exposure. Camera Settings: Aperture Priority at F16. Why I didn’t use a tripod? Unless you’re working media or have a film permit, tripods aren’t allowed for use on Capitol Grounds.
Lighting
It was a long exposure shot. I shot this at f16 Aperture Priority with my ISO at 160 or so.
Equipment
This was shot on a Nikon 810 with 24/70 Lens 2.8. No other equipment was used.
Inspiration
This all started about 10 years ago where I take a wide shot of the Capitol and the tree every year, soon after the Christmas tree is lit for the first time.
Editing
My edits are pretty basic. I start off in Lightroom and play around with the sliders and Tone Curve to create an image I think looks good. Environment of the scene obviously plays a key role on how I shoot and edit a photo. Then I go into Photoshop and tweak the Luminosity, Color, and Contrast.
In my camera bag
I don’t have too much in my bag. Nikon 810. 3 lens's: Nikon 24/70 2.8, Nikon 14-24 2.8, and Nikon 85 1.8. The 24/70 is my workhorse lens. Also in my bag, a couple of filters and my tripod.
Feedback
For me, what’s the environment of the scene goes a long way on how I shoot something and what settings I use on the camera. When it comes to Night Long Exposures I use Aperture Priority on about 90% of my shots. My ISO is usually at 100, but I’ll raise it up depending on the scene. I manually focus my shot using the Live View feature on my camera. Finally, you have to have patience to get the shot you want.

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