2016, November 13: Union Station Reborn Photo Safari

Hooray! Union Station has finished its 5- year multimillion dollar cleanup and renovation program after the 2011 earthquake, all the scaffolding and wraps are gone, the place looks beautiful!
The cracks in the ceiling’s plaster have been repaired, the vaulted bay has been repainted, and there’s new gold leafing applied to its ornate, 24-carat gilded panels. The cafe, previously located in the center of the Main Hall, was recently dismantled  and the removal of this and the scaffolding allows station visitors to fully appreciate the space as it was historically designed in 1907. It’s the first time in a half-century that the space has been largely unobstructed.
And it is a paradise for architectural photographers! So we have designed this Safari for intermediate to advanced photographers with super wide and/or fisheye lenses

You can get great shots in color or black and white, swirling lines of the staircases, colorful murals in the food court, and the nice aerial views of the entire Main Hall from an upper level, plus close-ups of architectural detail in the station.

Got a super wide or fisheye lens? This is the place for it!  Full frame camera users should bring a 14 -24 or 16 to 24 millimeter lens, APS sensor cameras bring a 10-20mm or an 11-16mm super wide lens. For detail photos, bring a telephoto lens.  No tripods allowed on this safari.

If you do not have one of these lenses, you might consider renting them for a day from a local camera store like Embassy Camera, Ace Camera, or District Camera in Burke, Service Camera in Baltimore, or from a lens rental website like F8 Rentals in DC and Reston.

Architectural photographer E. David Luria  will show you how to get the best pictures by shooting in the Manual mode and playing with the white balance menu. If your camera gives you the opportunity to shoot in kelvin temperatures, he will show you how to do that to get the most accurate color rendition. He will also bring a 28mm PC shift lens and a 10.5 mm fisheye lens for Nikon users.
Don’t like seeing all those people in the station?  Learn how to make them all DISAPPEAR!  How cool is THAT?

Rainy day or sunny day, this place is it architectural photographers Paradise!

Class Limit:  12

What People Are Saying:

“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 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