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A Photo Safari from the CEB Tower Observation Deck!

Overview of DC: A Photo Safari from the CEB Tower Observation Deck!

When you fly into Reagan Washington National Airport from the north, coming down the Potomac River, you get a fleeting glimpse of the DC area. If you are sitting on the right side of your plane, you see the Arlington Skyline and then the Pentagon. If you are lucky enough to sit on the left side of the plane, you see all the beautiful monuments and the Capitol on the National Mall. Your view lasts about 30 seconds  and then it's gone! If the plane’s wing is not in the way, you might even get a picture!

Now you can experience that view at your leisure with your feet planted firmly on the ground, AND get beautiful pictures at the same time by joining us for this exciting new photo Safari from the 35th floor rooftop Observation Deck of the newly opened CEB Building Tower in Arlington VA, just slightly west of the airplane flight paths.

With a discounted group rate, you will see 360 degrees for about 50 miles in either direction from windows that are even at a higher elevation than the Washington Monument!

To the Southeast there is the Pentagon and National Airport. To the northeast you see the beautiful National Mall with all the monuments. To the north you see the Kennedy Center, the Watergate complex, the Potomac River, Roosevelt island, Washington Harbor, Georgetown University and, in the far distance, Washington National Cathedral.

Here is a link to the views you will get on this safari

The 12,000 square foot CEB Tower Observation Deck has two levels, one is an outside level with huge 10 feet tall and 3 inch thick glass panels designed to keep you from falling down into the city but, as a favor to photographers, they have graciously put 3-inch wide gaps in between the panels that are just wide enough for a camera lens to look through and get an unobstructed view of the city!

And The Observation Deck also features a clever "Windows Into History" display, with touch screen displays of famous and not so famous people who have shaped the history of the area. For example, when you look out the window at the Watergate complex, the display tells you the story of the Democratic National Campaign Committee secretary who discovered that some her files were missing in 1972.

Our Safari begins with a brief orientation on architectural photography by E. David Luria, as we meet outside the Rosslyn Metro station, right across North Lynn Street  from the CEB tower. Then we will walk down to Key Bridge and get views of the city and the Potomac River from the bridge.

We then take some pictures in downtown Rosslyn and return to the plaza where the CEB tower is located and rise up the elevators which themselves offer great views of the city as they zip up to the 35th floor.

We will spend an hour up in the tower taking as many pictures as you like as Mr..Luria guides you in composition, exposure, white balance and other settings to give you the best pictures.

True to our tradition of only taking you to the BEST places in town for photography, this safari is available to the first 10 photographers who apply. Space permitting, spouses or companions are welcome to accompany a registered photographer on this safari at a reduced fee.

The fee includes admission to the CEB Tower.

What People Are Saying About David

“David, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the time and concern you have for your students.  You were born to teach!”

“The Safaris in DC are worth every penny and I would highly recommend them to others.  Even though I live and work in DC, David showed me a whole new way to see and photograph the monuments that I walk past everyday.  I got some great photos that I’m thrilled with!  I’ll be looking for more Safaris to take soon.”

Instructor: E. David Luria

E. David Luria

E. David Luria is a commercial photographer based in Washington DC specializing in architecture, editorial, event, food, art/still life and landmark photography.

A member of the American Society of Media Photographers and the Society of Photographic Educators, he has had his images of the National Capital Area appear in over 100 national and local publications and on calendars of the US Capitol Historical Society.

David is also founder and director of the Washington Photo Safari which, since 1999, has conducted 4,500+ photo safaris, training over 32,000 people in the techniques of travel, nature and portrait photography.

David is a graduate of Amherst College and studied photography in Paris with a protege of Henri Cartier Bresson. His work can be viewed on his website at

David teaches the following classes for Capital Photography Center:

  • Capital Photography Center Photo Safaris
  • Photography As A Second Career
  • Travel and Vacation Photography
  • Washington DC, a Photographer's Paradise

Date: December 03 2018

Time: 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM



This is a Washington Photo Safari event, clicking on the Register link will take you to their site where you can find out more and also register.

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Rosslyn Metro station exit on N. Lynn Street, Blue/Orange/Silver Lines.

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