As I’ve mentioned before, I like to shoot from high up whenever possible. This image was captured from the top of the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. Notice how natural leading lines draw your eyes from the circular World War II Memorial, at the bottom of the image, along the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, to the Lincoln Memorial and finally across the Arlington Memorial Bridge into Arlington, Virginia.
Tech Specs: ISO-80, f/4.8, exposure 1/320 second, time of day: 9:41 am
Capturing a specific architectural detail or element can often say more about a location than a wide, all-encompassing shot. This image from the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., for example. This section of a staircase is located in a massive open area that covers two floors. Rather than try to photograph the entire area, I selected an interesting element and angled my shot to include some detail of the upper floor ceiling tile work. The result is an image that highlights some of the unique architectural elements in this cool building.