Sunset at the National Capitol

The U.S. Capitol at sunset on a cold winter day.

While walking back to my hotel from a congressional hearing a few years ago, the sun began to set in Washington, DC.  I was there managing a conference but always tried to have my camera with me.  It was one of those very cold, crisp days and you can see the snow sitting on the ledge surrounding the rotunda.  The warm glow of sunset was hitting the capitol building in a way that a photographer can only dream of.  I pulled out my camera and began shooting as the glow deepened very quickly.  I tried to move quickly to get different angles but the light changed very rapidly leaving me with just a few shots and very cold fingers and hands!

As ugly as things tend to be in Washington, DC these days, I was glad I had my camera with me that day to capture some of it’s beauty and that I was there during the “golden hour” to take advantage of that light.

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About Kolman Rosenberg

My interest in photography began as a college newspaper and yearbook photographer during the stormy 1960s and 1970s. I was influenced by many of the great photojournalists and documentary photographers such as W. Eugene Smith, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Margaret Bourke-White and other black and white photographers of Life Magazine and the earlier Farm Security Administration. Though many of these photographers documented the horrors of war and the plight of poverty, they also showed me the dignity and adaptability of human beings in their desire to prevail.
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