Chapter 22. United States Capitol

United States Capitol

Looking northeast at the Capitol on an early summer evening. Taken at ISO 100, f/5, 1/200 second with a 45mm lens.

Why It's Worth a Photograph

The most important building to the government of the United States is the Capitol. Beneath its massive dome, the United States Congress presides over the nation based on the powers given to it by the United States Constitution.

Public tours are relatively easy to join but proceed rather quickly, and for security reasons, the guides request that you stick near the main group at all times. Private tours, which U.S. residents can request from their Congressperson, usually require weeks, if not months, of advance planning but allow you more access and more time to photograph.

Where Can I Get the Best Shot?

A photographer could literally spend weeks capturing the Capitol in all its glory. The suggestions in the next sections are some locations where you can begin your photographic tour. You will undoubtedly find some spots of your own as well.

The best locations from which to photograph the Capitol: (A) the interior of the Rotunda, (B) the Capitol Reflecting Pool, (C) the northeast corner, and (D) Freedom Plaza (1.5 miles northwest). Nearby photo ops: (11) the National Mall, (17) Supreme Court of the United States, (19) Ulysses S. Grant Memorial, (21) United States Botanic Garden, and (23) United States Library of Congress.

Figure 22.1. The best locations from which to photograph the Capitol: (A) the interior of the Rotunda, (B) the Capitol Reflecting Pool, (C) the northeast corner, and (D) Freedom Plaza (1.5 miles northwest). Nearby photo ops: (11) the National Mall, (17) Supreme Court of the United ...

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