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Sunrise and Early Morning Winter Light at the Tidal Basin

Sunrise and Early Morning Winter Light at the Tidal Basin

The monuments and memorials along the Tidal Basin are beautiful anytime of day but especially when you can frame them just before and after sunrise.

Improve your landscape skills with the master of Landscape photography, the talented Judy Graham! Judy will help you capture exciting images of the Washington Monument, the MLK Memorial, and the FDR Memorial in the early morning winter light. If Mother Nature cooperates, we'll capture the sun rising over the Jefferson Memorial.

Throughout the morning Judy will be making recommendations and will help you see and create unique and compelling images.

Emphasis will be on composition elements, such as framing, leading lines, curves, shapes, and so much more. Judy will also give tips for capturing long exposures to blur the water and clouds to set off the memorials more. 

Recommended Gear: A DSLR or mirrorless camera, lenses in the range from 18-200mm, a circular polarizer, a neutral density filter as well as a graduated ND if you have one those. Tripods are highly recommended.

Students should be familiar with their camera and be able to control exposure in either aperture or manual mode. 

COVID-19 Safety Practices: The gardens require guests to follow current CDC guidelines regarding masks and social distancing.

Questions can be directed to Marie Joabar at

Class Limit: 8

What People Are Saying About Judy

"Terrific class. Just the right level for me: not too advanced, but full of information and ideas about composition that added greatly to my knowledge level. Judy was very patient and passed on valuable tips on composition."

"Judy is a phenomenal teacher and I learned so much from her it’s amazing. I will definitely be taking more of the classes she is teaching!"

Instructor: Judy Graham

Judy Graham

Judy Graham is an avid photographer whose focus is on creating stunning landscape images. Her journey into photography began after a trip to the Grand Canyon several years ago when the snapshots she took on her cheap point and shoot camera did not reflect the true beauty she witnessed. Today, Judy travels widely in pursuit of capturing award-winning photos, including ones of the Grand Canyon.

Judy is eager to share her excitement and knowledge of photography with others. Her goal is to help photo enthusiasts create dynamic photos using different camera settings and a variety of composition techniques. 

Judy has enjoyed various roles in travel and photography including work for Overland Canyon Tours guiding photographers from all over the world in the famous slot canyons near Page, Arizona as well as to the well-known Wave in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness along the Utah border.

Originally from Bethesda, Maryland Judy currently lives in McLean, Virginia. She received her bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland and spent her career in corporate America.  Retirement now affords her the time to travel far and wide capturing amazing imagery.

Her work can be viewed on her website, JudySGrahamPhotography.

Date: February 11 2023

Time: 6:30 AM - 9:30 AM




Tidal Basin

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  • A refund or a credit towards another class (less a $20 processing fee) can be given if cancellation notice is given more than 5 business days from the scheduled class.
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