We had business in Washington DC last week and took the chance to break out the camera gear. The cherry blossoms were early this year and at their peak when we were in town. PJ and I went out at dawn on Friday to get some shots, including this panorama of the Jefferson Memorial.
The panorama was taken with the Canon 24mm f3.5 TSE LII, shifted to the left and then shifted to the right. The original image is 9252×3084 pixels.
We also had the opportunity to photograph Saint Ann Catholic Church in Arlington. Saint Ann has recently been completely rebuilt by a very active and dedicated congregation. The complex features the well-known school, parish offices and halls, and this church. Note the icon to the left of the altar. This was created by Sister Nancy Lee Smith, who we will feature in a later post.
Of course, we also needed to complete our shooting at the Washington National Cathedral. It was a beautiful day, fully spring-like and there were a great number of visitors. But even so, we were able to get some wonderful shots there.
Inside, one can still see the evidence of the damage done by the earthquake that struck on August 23, 2011. We heard that it caused over $20 million in damage. Damage inside the Cathedral was minor, but was widespread and located around the ceiling. There is concern that mortar from the stones would fall on visitors, they have installed a metal netting along the ceiling of the nave as a precaution.
In this shot, the netting acts like a theatrical scrim, backlit by the light from the clerestory stained glass windows. It made for a fine view up to the nave vaulting.
PJ has been in rehearsals for a play she is directing, and so we haven’t been able to process her shots. Later this week we will post on both Saint Ann and the National Cathedral, but until then we can admire a beautiful week in March.