Lincoln Memorial at Night
I took advantage of an unusually warm December night to visit the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. The memorial is the western anchor of the National Mall and offers great views of the Washington Monument and National Capital. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Washington and is usually packed with tourists and other visitors. I wanted to get some photos of the main statue without any people in the way and figured that 2:00 in the morning would be a good time to do that. There were more people than I expected at that time of the night, but I was able to get a number of shots that I was happy with.
The lack of people allowed me to use my tripod and take some time to set up the photos, change lenses, etc. I really liked how shooting at night allowed me to remove some of the background of the room and focus on the statue itself. The building itself is very interesting, but for me the heart of the memorial is the large marble statue of Lincoln. The night time lighting allowed me to really isolate the statue in interesting ways.
If you have a chance, I would definitely recommend forgoing a few hours of sleep to visit the Lincoln Memorial, and other sites on the National Mall, in the middle of the night for a very different experience than you get during the day.
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