When it's not too hot & humid on the Mall in Washington DC, it's very pleasant to enjoy a cup of coffee or lunch at the Sculpture Garden Café, which is situated in the next block to the National Gallery of Art.
And that is the Federal Trade Commission you see reflected in the café's windows, a rather stern Classical Revival building that (to me) looks more interesting here than it does in reality.
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt laid the cornerstone for the FTC building in 1937 with the silver trowel that George Washington used to lay the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol in 1793, expressing his hope that the home of the Federal Trade Commission would stand for all time "as a symbol of the purpose of the government to insist on a greater application of the golden rule to the conduct of corporation and business and enterprises in their relationship to the body politic."
We seem a very long way from that these days.
[with a little help from Wikipedia]
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subhendu_bagchi (21090) 2013-09-10 7:10
hi, another impressive composition by you. There are a lot of mystery created by the lines, curves and reflected images. Like the couple sitting under the umbrella and enjoying their drinks. Excellent composition with a nice light management. It seems that there was a lack of light under the umbrella but managed very well. Tfs.
ikeharel (44057) 2013-09-10 7:29
Sometimes the world of reflections can deceive the human eyes, Kristin - and that's what I had seen on first look.
Than carefuly realized the depth it created, and for sure it made this pic. unique.
holmertz (31322) 2013-09-10 10:59
This is a smart and rather intriguing composition where I'm not entirely sure where "reality" ends and reflections start. And how come I don't see you reflected somewhere?
Regarding the spech by FDR wise men said a lot of honorable things not so many decades ago that seem totally forgotten now. Eisenhower warned of the military-industrial complex and a few decades later Dick Cheney became VP. Isn't that great?
goodwill (4879) 2013-09-10 11:37
You are always in a hurry.
You could wait here for a few more moments letting the gentleman put his cup down and then click.
It could be a pleasant composition, had you taken care of the top right corner.
So near and so far............... nearer to the Church and far away from God.
Having such a wonderful powerful zoom camera with you, you even don't need to go too closer.
Its time to deduct marks.
divail (7904) 2013-09-10 18:22
C'est une belle composition, où les reflets et la réalité semblent se mélanger. Les parasols ainsi que les structures de métal meublent très bien la photo. C'est vivant et original.
mjw364 (6142) 2013-09-11 3:37
Interesting reflections, Kristin
I like how the couple in the FG are sharp and the backdrop is fluid. Nice contrast and creative.
annjackman (15541) 2013-09-17 7:01
I like this a lot. The layers of reflection and reality have made an attractive composition. The couple are nicely anchored in the corner and the quiet colours suggest a mood of relaxation.
Very well seen and taken.
Kind Regards, Ann