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    trip to DC. suggestions wanted

    hi all,

    i am going to DC (today for the weekend)with my wife for her B day. i will be able to get in some LF photography.

    we will hit the usual tourist spots. where else would you suggest to get some good LF shots. all the monuments and stuff i will shoot with 35mm. what other things would be fun for LF? old buildings, ship yards, factories etc. i will be staying just in maryland in rockville. i have a car.

    thanks for the suggestions.

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    Re: trip to DC. suggestions wanted

    Venture a little south west to Fort Royal and pick up Shenandoah National Park. You'll be glad you did. Your bride will also enjoy the trip!

    Have Fun!

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    Watch out for the Homeland Security Tripod Police. Shooting LF in DC can be a pain due to all the stupid rules. To photograph anywhere near the US Capitol needs a tripod permit. So too on the Mall. Stick to 35 mm around all the tourist traps, I mean, sites.

    I put together a gallery on my web site about DC shot with LF pinhole cameras. Most of the time no or small tripods were used. http://www.walterpcalahan.com/Cheers...ington_DC.html

    Front Royal is nice to see, as well as a slow drive through the Shenandoah Park.

    Annapolis is worth the trip too. I'm partial to Baltimore for its interesting sites.

    Rockville as no redeeming photographic value.

    Just let things happen. Don't get too tied up needing to shoot LF.
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    thanks guys! keep them coming!

    i will only use small stuff in the "traps".

    walter, i love the Ultra wide angle pinhole! makes me want to bring my zero image....
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    Re: trip to DC. suggestions wanted

    You will also be a short drive away from Great Falls Park (find info on www.nps.gov/grfa/ ) and the entire C&O Canal which extends up to Harpers Ferry, WV. Lots to see and do there as well- again not the greatest time of year due to high tourism but if you get up early enough, you can avoid major crowds (and the high heat and humidity)

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    annapolis? just a short drive. sailboats, old brick streets, bay bridge

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    Eddie

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    Re: trip to DC. suggestions wanted

    A tripod is no problem on the Mall. In the monuments, it's at the discretion of the park service staff--in the late evenings they seem pretty reasonable. I agree with the Great Falls and Harpers ferry suggestions. Great Falls is close to Rockville and I definitely advise going to the Maryland side. One nice spot is the National Building Museum--one of the most beautiful interior spaces in Washington. If you're coming into town for just the weekend, there's enough stuff close in to enjoy without wasting gas and time.

    A few suggestions--

    Old Town Alexandria-- this is close in, right on the water, and has some great old architecture. There are good restaurants and the Torpedo Factory--a huge cooperative art gallery.

    Georgetown along the C&O Canal-- A very beautiful area with lots of photo opportunities and restaurants/shopping nearby.

    National Cathedral--beautiful architecture and photography/tripod friendly.

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    Re: trip to DC. suggestions wanted

    Eddie- if you're going to be around THIS weekend, I'm free. I've not had a problem doing night shots down on the Mall with a tripod - just watch out for the carousel in front of the Smithsonian Castle- they're hyper-vigilant about anyone photographing it. The grounds of the US Capitol are tripod-permit required. You can also use a tripod at the WW II memorial - I asked, and even shot with one in full daytime. Catch the WW I memorial (a little known monument off the side of the mall, in the trees, between the WW II and the Lincoln), especially if you need a break from the madding crowds. Get out into the neighborhoods of DC if you want to photograph some interesting stuff - mansions and the "Spanish Steps" on the west side of Dupont Circle (I want to say the steps are at R street between 24th and 25th), vibrant streetlife and graffiti in the 14th/U Street area (and a lot of good restaurants too! - Simply Home @ 14th & U for Thai, Merkado on P between 14th & 15th for Asian/Latin fusion, a brand new French Bistro whose name escapes me on 14th just above U).

    Also, thinking of the National Building Museum, go check out the recently re-opened National Portrait Gallery/Museum of American Art. It has some gorgeous interior spaces, and is located at the Gallery Place/ Chinatown metro station (on the Red Line, so it's a direct trip from Rockville without changing trains).

    Along the C&O canal, there are some great spots - if you have a GPS in your car, drive out to Swains Lock (which is above Great Falls I believe), and take a nice hike up the canal. The lock itself at Swains is in good shape, and you can get some very pretty river views as well as good shots of the canal.

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    Re: trip to DC. suggestions wanted

    One of my favorite spots in D.C. for photography is Meridian Hill Park, not your typical urban park with a few benches and a monument but an elaborate and fascinating series of structures, walls, steps, and stuff like that. This description doesn't do it justice but you can read about it and get some idea of what it's like at http://www.nps.gov/archive/rocr/cultural/merid.htm. Tripods weren't a problem last time I was there.
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