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Monday, 13 August 2012


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And here's a similar view taken in 1945 from the Library of Congress archive:

It is a great view, and is already historic. By now the green quadrant to the left (between the curving road, which is 15th st, and the straight road, which is 14th) is now a big hole in the earth, site of yet another monument being constructed. And I don't believe they reopened the top of the Washington monument to visitors yet.

After many trips to Washington, DC and many visits to the Washington Monument to view the long line of people waiting to get inside, I arrived one morning before opening and rode to the top after a very short wait. The view from inside is as interesting and dramatic as the photo above. More, even.

I don't care how you photograph it, that monument looks nothing like the man.


One of those occasions that are best captured with a fish-eye lens. Very nice.

One of the best fisheye shots I've seen.

It really a shame Matthew did not understand shooting 360's. He could have perhaps shot a wonderful 360 from his precarious perch.And then added the top of the monument from a aerial mapping image.


A tip for beginners: the story that the photo tells would be incomplete without the shadow. Placing the shadow of the monument in the frame is one way of telling viewers what the camera is mounted on.

The monument is still closed due to last year's earthquake.

There are two access methods to the top of the Monument: the aforementioned elevator and a winding staircase. The National Park Service has occasionally done walking tours from the top of the Monument to the bottom, showcasing the individual state plaques mounted on the staircase. In the old days (i.e., circa 1968), everyone had the option of walking up/down the Monument or taking the elevator. These days, only the elevator is available, unless the NPS does a walking tour.

A standout childhood memory is when we walked down those stairs. I thought 'we must be close to the bottom by now', and then I saw on the wall a marker. It stated 'you are now equal in height to the top of the statue atop the Capitol' or something like that. Awesome at 8yrs old...

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