A Portrait of the President (Kinda…)

Last week I was in Washington DC for a couple of days.  Although my first love is Landscape and Wildlife photography, sometimes I like shooting in the ‘urban jungle’ just for a change of pace.  But…as different as it is, some things seem to remain the same.

For example, I was trying to take the standard ‘tourist’ shot of the White House from the South Lawn (see below).

2014 untitled shoot 08 August 00508 Unfortunately,  I had to take the shot from much further away than normal since they had the road right behind the White House blocked (usually it is open).  So I ripped off about a half-dozen shots with my 200mm zoom and walked away with my wife to head down to the Lincoln Memorial.

As I walked, I reviewed my shots, zooming in so I could delete the frames that weren’t perfectly focused.  As I did so, I noticed figures on the second floor balcony (see below).2014 untitled shoot 08 August 00508 crop1

So I zoomed in even more and…

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Yup, looks like the President and one of his daughters had been on the porch enjoying the afternoon and were heading back into the living quarters!  Kinda neat…and a reminder of just how incredible modern photo gear can be…I mean, I must have been well over a half mile away!

So my wife and I thought this was pretty cool..I  mean how often do you see the President? (even if I couldn’t see him without blowing up a photo by 400%)  But, the surprises didn’t stop there.  The next day we were hiking across the National Mall and a helicopter flew right overhead.

2014 untitled shoot 09 August 00566 I recognized “Marine One”  (the President’s chopper) and  it landed behind the White House.  About 30 minutes later, it took off and flew by the Washington Monument.  I found out later that Obama had used ‘Marine One’ to leave on his vacation in Martha’s Vineyard.

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Like any type of photography, sometimes it just pays to be in the right place at the right time!


PS:  Attached below are a few of my favorite images from this trip.2014 untitled shoot 09 August 00602

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I love Victorian architecture….and the Eisenhower Executive Office Building has it in spades!
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The city lights illuminated the clouds behind the Washington Monument after sunset…
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Hard to imagine a more impressive monument than the one dedicated to President Lincoln

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  1. This is very cool, Jeff! Like you say, being at the right place at the right time…
    Great photos. As always.

    1. Thanks Evelyne. One of the things I most love about photography is that you just never know what you are going to see!

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