Fall on the Mall

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11.13.17
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Most of the time when I wake up for sunrise, I have no real plans of what I’m going to photograph. Especially now with daylight savings, I’ve been waking up earlier than my alarm and can’t fall back asleep. Theres really nothing else to do that early in the morning but to get ready and go take sunrise pictures.  I just figure out where I want to park my car and let my eyes be the guide. Most of the time that results in some of the best pics.

I took this image early last week. I spent most of the morning walking around Constitution Gardens. I always find myself going back there in the fall. I love the trees and reflections you can get from the water, but this day was a little rough. The sunrise wasn’t much to look at because it was so cloudy. The trees weren’t very colorful yet so I didn’t get much from the pond. Sometimes you win some, sometimes you loose some. I don’t get upset. It just happens.

So I decided to keep walking and I ended up by the Washington Monument. Luckily, there were some beautiful yellow trees along Constitution Ave. that I didn’t notice while I was driving. It was like the branches were reaching toward me screaming, “take my picture, take my picture”. I found a couple that perfectly framed the Washington Monument and played around with the composition. I think my favorite part of the image is seeing the branches themselves. I think it’s really interesting to follow each twist and turn and see where they end up.

What about you? I’d love to know what you like about the image.

My camera settings for this image is F4.5 at 1/400th of a second at ISO 320 with my Sony A7II and 28-70mm lens.

  • William R Homberg

    May be a bit weird but I get the impression that the branches are protecting the monument. When I viewed this photo I was suddenly hearing Bob Dylan singing “Shelter from the Storm” It is a good composition and I like it.
    We’ve all had those days were what we get is what we get. Maybe it isn’t the post card variation but then we find some little gem and it makes our day and we go home feeling that we’ve done well. Sometimes nature doesn’t cooperate. But you’ve done well here, very well. Nice job Angela.
    Hopefully you won’t be hearing “Shelter from the Storm” for the rest of the day.

  • LOL Thank you so much, William 🙂