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Christmas at the White House
Posted By: MRRiley, 12-21-2008, 07:22 AM

Just a few shots from our visit to the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse in Washington, DC.

Lights on the lawn of the White House... iso1600, 1/125sec, f2.8. 75mm


Playing with the zoom on the Tammy. iso 200, .7sec, f16, 28-70mm zoom during exposure...


A golden door on the Bank of America building just down PA Ave from the White House... iso1600, 1/90sec, f2.8. 75mm


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12-21-2008, 07:24 AM   #2
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That tee is outstanidng Mike - you the BOA twice though (it's a good shot) but I think you have another one for the series.

Edit - haha didn't think anyone would notice eh haha quick save and nice shot
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Nice work. Curious why ISO1600 and no tripod?
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Hi Mike!

I think that zoom'ed exposure is my favorite example of that technique I've ever seen.
It looks like a Christmas tree of power, charged with electricity!

Nicely applied! Thanks for sharing!

-Chris

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Thanks guys!

I had my compact tripod with me but after fighting thru the crowds I decided it was easier to just see what I could wring out of the K110D at the high ISO's. Not too bad in these resized copies but it's clear that a lower ISO and using the tripod would have helped a great deal. There were far less people around on the Penn Ave side of the White House so I could have used it for the BOA shot but by that time my wife and her mother (visiting from TN) were ready to leave.
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That second shot is sooooo cool. Great technique and hard to pull off but you managed it beautifully.
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nicely done Mike... The second is awesome. Would have liked to see more of the shot and its surroundings. I have never been to Washington. Take care JIM
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Thanks Jimbo! Here are a couple of shots including more of the surrounding area.

The Washington Monument behind the Christmas Tree... iso 1600, 1/125sec, f2.8, 55mm...


The White House behind the Christmas Tree... iso 1600, 1/60sec, f2.8, 28mm...



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Thanks Susan.... hard to do it handheld (to crowded for tripods) but I think my unsteady hands added some neat squigles.
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ISO 1600 is working well for you. I really like the tree and White House in the background.
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Mike,, I like those two shots. Beautiful area this time of the year by the looks of it! Nice work as always. JIM
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Nice shots Mike! I love the zoomy tree. I've never been down there to see the tree and stuff, or even the mall area at night. Thanks for posting.
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Mel,

You and the family should go down one evening. I'd suggest going earlier than we did (we got there about 5:30), so you still have some daylight left. Just take the Blue or Orange Lines on the Metro in and get off at Federal Triangle. It's an easy 3-4 block walk east. I would NOT drive since there is little if any parking.


(Click map for slightly larger image)

When you get off of the train take the exit and walk north to PA Ave. Turn left to walk west and it will take you straight to the Ellipse.

You have until January 1st to go...

Mike

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