2017, August 1: Marine Corps Silent Drill Team Photo Safari

Sunset at the US Marine Corps Memorial in Arlington brings a special treat on Tuesday evenings during the summer; a breathtaking performance by the US Marine Corps Silent Drill Team.

Our photo safari begins with an opportunity to photograph these Marines marching in silent precision across the parade ground in front of the Memorial and then tossing their bayoneted rifles end over end at each other as we photograph them with our rapid shooting cameras. 
At the conclusion of the ceremony at twilight we photograph the 76-foot high statue of the Marines planting the flag at Mt. Suribachi, with tripods and proper filters for white balance or color correction.  We then walk over to the nearby Netherlands Carrillon to photograph that postcard view of the three monuments, Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and the U.S.Capitol all aligned on a west-east axis in your viewfinder.  It’s a photographer’s delight and a great opportunity to learn the techniques of nighttime cityscape photography! 

(Any camera will do but for best results an SLR or mirrorless camera are good. Lenses in the range from 18 to 200 are ideal and a sturdy tripod is a must. Bring a cable release or a remote trigger or we can use your camera's self timer. )

Class Limit:  10

What People Are Saying:

"David is a fabulous instructor. He provides just the right balance of easy-to-remember instruction in the beginning with appropriate individual guidance throughout the class. My confidence level has soared with just a few hours of his guidance."

"David Luria is very knowledgeable and easy to understand. I always learn a great deal in his classes."

Instructor: 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  www.eDavidLuriaPhotography.smugmug.com.

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