I spent the evening of May Day with my photography class on an around the National Mall; partly testing the limits of what can be done with a hand-held camera a night.
The Washington Monument is now completely covered in scaffolding, for repairs to earthquake damage. At night, this combines with its red eyes to look even more evil.
To deal with the low light and weird color effects of artificial lighting, I experimented with Lightroom, like lightening the very dark shadows here:
Some other tall things, including cranes on the East (I. M. Pei) Wing of the National Gallery. (Cranes are everywhere; I plan a collection of images of construction, relocation and destruction soon.)
Just before sunset …
… and into twilight …… and into the night …
… with my fellow photographers.
Finally, out to Independence Avenue, with its big, white, rectangular office buildings, and all offices empty …
… except this one.
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