Looking at the dark cloud coming over the Capitol, I couldn’t resist to think allegorically in the actual social and political context.
When I installed my tripod to take some photos, an officer pointed me with a red laser beam, but I continue to prepare myself, not understanding that it was forbidden; I actually tought that they were noticing me that I was being spotted and maybe they were nervous because of my backpack and equipment.
Finally, an officer came from nowhere in my direction, telling me that a permit was required to take some photography if I was about to use my tripod. So I came back the morning after, to get my permit at the Capitol Police headquarter.
Being french speaking, I’m not always mastering every English subtlety... So when I arrived at the front desk, I told the officer: «...I would like to have a permit to shoot on the Capitol grounds...». He looked at me in the eyes and asked me to repeat just what I’ve said. So immediately, I understand the unforgivable mistake I’ve just made and correct myself, stating that I was there to «shoot» photography... Diplomatic incident can happen fast...
This one have been shot handheld, because you’re only allowed to use a tripod on grass and I was standing on the esplanade.
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barrufeto_77 (28886) 2006-08-28 4:08
It was a pity you didn't use a tripod. With it, the photo would be perfect.
danielswalsh (13599) 2006-08-28 4:10
I can only imagine the looks you would get asking to "shoot on the capital grounds"... haha.
I like the shot, good angle, detail and natural colors. But I think if you look at levels, you might have been clipping the highlights? I wonder what it would be like to brighten the highlights a bit?
I don't see how the tripod would have benefitted you- the sharpness is fine.
All the best Andre,
PixelTerror (0) 2006-08-28 4:19
ROTFL, ROTFL et encore ROTFL, je suis plie de rire en lisant ta note, toi tu n'as pas du passer loin d'un sejour a Guantanamo !!!
Bon si j'arrive a m'en remettre je vais quand meme essayer de regarder un peu ta photo... voila on y va, la compo me plait, tu as une belle perspective qui monte dans le sens de la lecture pour terminer sur le haut du batiment, et sa structure claire lui permet de bien contraster sur le ciel sombre, beau timing et effectivement on peut y voir un signe pour W, mince alors André la Terreur venue du Quebec qui fait chuter les presidents US !!!
Encore merci pour ce grand eclat de rire qui illumine ma matinee, bonne journee,
siolaw (38288) 2006-08-28 4:22
Bon POV et nuage menacant bien symbolique!Bonnes couleurs et lumiere , cadrage sympa
sebinho342 (19317) 2006-08-28 4:29
Salut Andre, quelle bien belle photo que tu nous présentes la !! Tout est bon ici, letitre en plus colle a merveille a la scène, j'aime beaucoup cet angle de prise de vue, je l'avais rarement vue photographiée ainsi, toutes mes félicitations !
binita (464) 2006-08-28 4:35
good POV, nice colour composition.
craiggc (2509) 2006-08-28 4:52
What superb lighting Andre - so dramatic and the contrast through the image is superb.
Excellent wide angle perspective too
Floydian (30970) 2006-08-28 5:01
Deep, high and rich contrast in an excellent pov.
The angle you choose here is really great with the staircases moving upwards to the capitol, great composition.
The overal colour setting is excellent, i like this one a lot..!!!
partha (14020) 2006-08-28 5:14
Its excellent use of wide angle. Goosd perspective control and nice colour balance as well.
ktanska (25076) 2006-08-28 5:40
It really has gloomy feeling. And wide angle low viewpoint gives an impression that it could be falling over you. Excellent tones, and the flag really waves open.
kebek (5438) 2006-08-28 6:36
Serwus Andre !
The light on the facade is really fabullous against these heavy clouds. You chose a nice perspective both for avoiding distortions and off-centered composition of the main subject. Can't see any blur, so all the mess with the use of the tripod was not necessary :) Funny note, btw.
hoorge (1434) 2006-08-28 7:05
You've written an excellent note and I've learnt something from it. Your perspective of the Capitol building and steps leading to it is great. I like the darker clouds giving it a dramatic feeling on what goes on in the Capitol. Good sharp image.
drago (4832) 2006-08-28 7:25
Andre hi,wonderfull compo,that sky looks very menacing,great POV,in conclusion so much trouble didn't go for nothing!TFS
dkeus31 (27735) 2006-08-28 8:02
Excellent cette histoire :o)
La composition est jolie avec le ciel menacant et la belle lumière.
Take care :o)
Flavia (10352) 2006-08-28 10:18
Tous ces incidents on etait compensee par la photo. Le resultat est surprenant. Le ciel nouageux, la lumiere sur le batiment, le POV tres jolie et vraiment simbolique.
gary91 (15348) 2006-08-28 13:23
Than,ks to your critique, I have been able to discover your gallery with a lot of beautiful pictures. The funny thing is that you have very famous locations, but always with a specific touch which makes it yours.
It is the case for this image once more and the use of a wide angle combined to an intelligent pov males it all.
Congratulations for this image and your gallery.
Budapestman (82620) 2006-08-28 14:06
Superb architecture photo! Very expressive and spectacular POV! Beautiful and picturesque details! Mysterious and fascinating sky! Excellent shot!
Thank you, nice days
nwoehnl (122) 2006-08-28 14:28
Salut André. Great story, whoever heard of a French-speaking guy asking to shoot on the Capitol grounds, LOL. I'm glad it all turned out well for you and the photographic result certainly was worth the effort, I think. A good lighting on the iconic famous building, and nice use of natural framing with the tree and the clouds around the rotunda. I would recommend to rotate this 2-3° to the left; as it is the Capitol seems to be falling over to the right (the verticals in the center of the frame should be roughly vertical, no?). Nice posting, the combination of photo and story definitely merits a dark greenie.
rhizomes (15343) 2006-08-28 16:09
Nice perspective on this capitol !
I like the colors and the impression of gigantism.
Burberry1 (6041) 2006-08-28 17:29
perfect use of light
and a great catching the attention mood!!!
A g n i e s z k a
worldcitizen (7123) 2006-08-28 18:49
This is another magnificent photo. I think you've captured the mood of Washington, DC very well. :-) I love the POV and the framing that leads our eyes directly up the stairs. As others have said, this photo is very sharp and crisp; you did a perfect job without the tripod. By the way, I am glad you didn't get involved in an "international incident". :-)
celinaconroy (717) 2006-08-29 4:56
The irony of your title of this piece is not lost....it is very appropriate considering the present political climate. A very dramatic image.
Gerrit (49030) 2006-08-29 7:06
good POV and circumstances make a meaningful picture, The low pov gives the building an untouchable image but the clouds show its vulnerability,
capthaddock (28790) 2006-08-29 17:26
Hi Andre - fantastic timing, the clouds look like something from the film Independence Day. I like the waide angle perspective, the absence of people give it an eerie atmosphere of fear, which, by reading the story, is accurate.
klennon79 (0) 2006-08-29 18:28
What a trooper you are to actually go through such a process. I live in the area and have had my run-ins with D.C. police as well.
Your efforts are well rewarded. I like the perspective and the dark mood here. Great sharpness as well.
I hope you didn't get hastled too much. D.C. is a beautiful area filled with an abundance of photo ops.
rosaline (0) 2006-08-31 4:16
What an eventful time you've had trying to get a permit for the use of a tripod. This same nonsense exists in London too. You need a permit to use a tripod everywhere. I just sneak a shot instead, or go back when it's less busy. You've done very well here too, with that sinister cloud cover for a sinister building and its contents! Great work and nice pov.
prezntime (3946) 2006-08-31 6:22
Good day Andre.
A really great photo and very good to get ones mind thinking about symbolic meaning. Again your POV is great utilizing the diagonal lines of the stairs to lead the eyes into the photo. Nice yellow light on the capitol just prior to the storm hitting.
Your note is incredible. It's amazing how things have developed here for us...I really don't feel so free if I have to get a permit to take pictures of "freedoms capitol".
:) out of, be back.
frozenjazz (303) 2006-09-01 4:53
I like the view, the story, and the heavy weather.
I would maybe try some postprocessing to try to add a more dramatic feeling to the scene, it might be rewarding.
The only thing that annoys me is that it seems the left part of the photo is blurred ? Maybe it is just a bit dark, and maybe you should add some more sharpening when reducing your photo ?
Zut j'aurais du écrire en francais finalement... :)
placombe (7901) 2006-09-02 10:04
Où est l'avion ? Blague à part, j'aime bien le pdv et ce ciel menaçant contrastant bien avec les couleurs de l'immeuble. Intéressante histoire qui accompagne la photo montrant à quel point ils les américains) sont nerveux et un peu paranoiaques je pense.
everlasting (14694) 2006-09-03 4:45
Hi Andre, just readign through your intro and lookign through your gallery, i amglad that you finally picked up yoyur camera. You have a nice range of images, from people to landscapes, to architecture.
I like your note here, I had a similar idea and posted the Capitol at night with the title a black day for america the day after the last presidential election, but had it removed.:(
I am surpised at the sharpness of this image shot at f2.8, even with the high speed.
Schultzy (5446) 2006-09-04 14:14
Très belle composition avec un excellent point de vue, le ciel se prête en plus très bien au titre.
Elaine_Blath (8509) 2006-09-05 4:02
I haven´t been here at your gallery for quite a long time...this photo is just stunning, such a threatening sky, creates a great contrasts...well done!
See you, Iva
Andrzej_HHH (2480) 2006-10-06 9:26
Very good shot of the capitol, fantastic colors and great POV. Beautiful clouds over Capitol, one`s of the best pictures of this building that I saw in TE. Good work! With best regards! Andrzej
- Copyright: Andre Roberge (InasiaJones) (31498)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-07-06
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon 5D, Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L USM
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/4000 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2006-08-28 4:01