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D.C. Weekend Photo Workshop: Moments of Wonder in the District

Runners on the Mall

Runners pace themselves along a tree-lined path near the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Those of us who work at National Geographic’s Washington, D.C. headquarters know that spring’s a particularly beautiful time in this city, and that every season holds unique charms. This holds doubly true for photographers, who’ve got a multitude of subjects to choose from here, from gleaming neoclassical and contemporary monuments to people, the Potomac, nature, and a skyline that’s striking without soaring to intimidating heights.

We like it.

I had the privilege of exploring Washington in the best way—with camera in hand in the company of National Geographic photographer Mark Thiessen and avid fellow participants on one of our Weekend Photography Workshops.

Whether finding solitary figures by the Reflecting Pool …

The Reflecting Pool

Early morning at the Reflecting Pool

… or tracking shadows at the Lincoln Memorial shortly after dawn …

Shadows at the Lincoln Memorial

Shadows at the Lincoln Memorial

… even familiar places seem new at unfamiliar times and through a camera lens. Panning with a cyclist blurred the background and conveyed speed as she raced past the World War II memorial.

Cyclist at the World War II Memorial

A cyclist cruises past the World War II Memorial.

At Dupont Circle, the mural on a passing bus framed its driver …

Bus driver

A bus driver eyes traffic at Dupont Circle

… while potential passengers studied maps and schedules …

Pedestrians at the bus stop

Pedestrians at the bus stop

… and a man handing out newspapers cradled an armload.

Man with newspapers

Man with newspapers

Veteran National Geographic magazine photographer Mark Thiessen …

Photographer Mark Thiessen

Photographer Mark Thiessen smiles as he offers tips for taking better photos during a Weekend Photo Workshop.

… gave us an orientation at Society headquarters, then led us on photo assignments and coached us to find moments such as these—the sort that are all around us, but that we too rarely notice, much less document—and capture them with our cameras. He and a team of photo instructors then helped us select and share our best in a final show for family and friends.

Explore the District for yourself and discover or refine your inner photographer on National Geographic’s Washington, D.C. Weekend Photography Workshop.

Photos by Ford Cochran


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  1. Beautiful country with great pictures

    Posted by Christopher | April 19, 2012, 4:23 am

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