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This combination of he Capitol Dome, Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial in the same photo appear on numerous postcards and touristic publications, but they are usually shot from a different position, in a public park at about one kilometer further east.

But from the other angle, the monuments appear in an opposite order - the Lincoln Memorial is at the left of the Washington Monument while the Capitol Dome appears at its right.

But to achieve this point of view, I had to make a preliminary research on Google Earth and trace a line between monuments in order to find the right spot from where to shoot. once on the terrain.

I had to arrive at 4h30am, while the sky was still pitch black, then walk for a while, crossing two highways and passing under an overpass where people were sleeping. I was barely seeing where I was walking and I almost step on one of them...

Once I've found the spot and installed my tripod, the sun was beginning to rise and within 15 minutes, I had this gratifying sunrise.

Contrary to other monuments in the world where spotlights shut at midnight (Eiffel Tower, Empire State building...), here they remain open all night long on the 3 monuments , up until the first light of morning.

So between the sunrise and the artificial light shutting down, you have less than 10 minutes to put it in the can.

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Additional Photos by Andre Roberge (InasiaJones) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1391 W: 152 N: 6235] (31566)
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