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May 21, 2017 14:48 |  #1

I'll be in DC (first time) for a total of about 50 hrs late June. 8hrs will be a day tour trip to Mount Vernon and Arlington National Cemetery. That night I had planned on walking around with tripod shooting as many of the the national malls and monuments, White House and Capital buildings as possible.

I had recently hear/read that it might not be safe to walk around alone at or between the malls/monuments at night.

Can anyone comment on this?


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May 21, 2017 19:36 |  #2

I've never felt unsafe at the national mall regardless of time of day. There's usually still always some type of foot traffic even late, there's also lots of Police in that area.


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May 22, 2017 16:04 |  #3

You'll be completely fine on the National Mall/monuments at night. Fear not. Now, if you said you were wanting to get a cityscape shot from across the river in Anacostia at 2AM, I'd definitely talk you out of it.


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May 22, 2017 19:41 |  #4

Here's my take.

It's a city, so you always have to keep one eye open to what's going on around you. Yes, the Mall is fine, there are park police and other people around, but you still need to keep aware of your surroundings. I believe tripods are fine around most places, but you cannot use one in the Lincoln Memorial (and probably not in the Jefferson Memorial either).

Below are two links to DC info. The first is about 100 free and almost free things to do in DC. The second is to the "Official" guide to DC, the PDF version. (You can get to the guide eventually through the first link, but it's a bit circuitous.) Since you're in town for 50 hours, this might help show you what you can do in any other free time. Have fun and enjoy!

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May 23, 2017 08:29 |  #5

It's a beautiful city. You'll be fine. Make sure you have comfortable (but not new) shoes as there is a lot of walking. You can do the bicycle rental thing which can help (the mall it quite large from one end to the other).

At the Lincoln Memorial you can always use a tripod at the bottom of the steps and aim up. Take multiple exposures and blend them in an HDR program (if needed).

It's a great city for photography, no doubt. Enjoy and good luck.


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May 23, 2017 08:52 |  #6

To me DC is a lot like Vegas, it looks better at night than it does in the daytime. One thing that I'd suggest is to have a transportation plan. If you are planning on using the Metro, there are a couple stops near the National Mall and the Smithsonian Stop is pretty much in the middle of the mall. When i was in DC a few weeks ago, they were still doing maintenance on some the lines that hoses up the normal schedule, so you may want to check to see what the current schedule is and keep in mind what time they shutdown for the evening. If you are into the Uber thing, you shouldn't have any problems getting a ride late at night. I've heard others complain that the park rangers frowned on the use of tripods inside the Lincoln Memorial. The last time i shot it was in winter with very thin crowds and I had no issues.

Good luck and enjoy.


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May 23, 2017 12:26 |  #7

Funny thing is, I actually have no intention to go into any of these buildings with a tripod at night. I will be shooing from a distance to capture the "glow" of the buildings exterior. I'll visit the insides during daylight hours with camera in hand.


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May 24, 2017 15:29 |  #8

dhornick wrote in post #18359850 (external link)
I'll be in DC... late June..

I had recently hear/read that it might not be safe to walk around alone at or between the malls/monuments at night.

Curious what you heard because every other jogger is probably a federal agent and for the amount of money 'it' [the Machine] spends on security it better be a safe place to walk.

My humble suggestion, pack light breezy clothes and carry a water bottle it'll be hot and very humid


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May 24, 2017 15:51 |  #9

archfotos wrote in post #18362152 (external link)
Curious what you heard because every other jogger is probably a federal agent and for the amount of money 'it' [the Machine] spends on security it better be a safe place to walk.

My humble suggestion, pack light breezy clothes and carry a water bottle it'll be hot and very humid


Actually most was by word of mouth from those I consider not to really know for sure thus asking here for people that might live in the area. Also I have read in several publication that southeast DC might not be the best place to meander about late at night.


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May 24, 2017 21:26 |  #10

dhornick wrote in post #18362168 (external link)
Actually most was by word of mouth from those I consider not to really know for sure thus asking here for people that might live in the area. Also I have read in several publication that southeast DC might not be the best place to meander about late at night.

They are right. DC is broken into quadrants centered at the Capitol. While each quadrant has its issues, SE is one I wouldn't explore even in the day, except for places in the immediate vicinity of the Capitol. Fortunately street signs are typically marked with the quadrant. For instance, there is no 7th St. There is however a 7th St NW, 7th St NE, 7th St SW, and 7th St SE. Explore DC a bit with Google Maps if you haven't already, and you should have a good sense of the Mall and environs. Yes the Mall area is generally safe. It's also part of the city. Just pay attention to your surroundings and you should be fine.


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May 26, 2017 07:24 |  #11

Hi , curious what were your thoughts on your DC trip as far as your safety concerns ?


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May 27, 2017 19:58 |  #12

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Hi , curious what were your thoughts on your DC trip as far as your safety concerns ?

Don't go until late June. Will let you know.


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May 27, 2017 20:02 as a reply to  @ dhornick's post |  #13

the areas where you would likely want to photograph are pretty safe........ 50 hours is not enough time to see DC properly




  
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May 27, 2017 20:04 |  #14

Be sure to go to the WWII memorial, nicely illuminated at night but still needing tripod. The FDR memorial is dimly lit, but beautiful at night as well, more beautiful than in daylight.


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May 27, 2017 20:05 |  #15

azsportpilot wrote in post #18364505 (external link)
the areas where you would likely want to photograph are pretty safe........ 50 hours is not enough time to see DC properly

50hrs is not by choice. Would love to be able to stay longer but just cant do it.


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