Lining up the shot: U.S. Capitol dome at sunrise

You can debate which is the most iconic symbol of the nation’s capital — the White House, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial or the U.S. Capitol building — and you might never reach a consensus. But if you were going to choose which one of those famous structures is the best to shoot at sunrise, in my opinion, the U.S. Capitol wins hands down.

U.S. Capitol, Washington

U.S. Capitol, Washington

The front of the Lincoln Memorial faces east, which means you would have to shoot the back side of the memorial to capture the sunrise. Meanwhile, the front of the White House faces north, while the more recognizable south portico faces south. However, the bigger obstacle to long exposure shots is that you aren’t allowed to set up a tripod in front of the White House.

On the other hand, the Washington Monument, which is in the middle of the National Mall, offers plenty of great sunrise photo opps. But if I had to choose, I’d go with the U.S. Capitol because I think it’s a more interesting subject.

You’ll have no problem setting up a tripod along the Capitol Reflecting Pool and the Grant Memorial offers some great angles to frame the Capitol in the background.

All photos by Joe Newman.

The U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

The Capitol Reflecting Pool

Joe Newman

I'm Joe Newman, multi-media story teller, non-profit do-gooder, international street photographer, serious poker player, intrepid traveler. Bourbon drinker.

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