INSIDE//OUT: The Capitol Dome by Mark Andre

Yesterday, I had the unique opportunity to tour the Capitol Dome. Taking the trip up to the top and seeing the panoramic views of Washington, DC from its heart is simply amazing. Scroll all the way down for the 360 image from the top. 

As you work your way up from the Crypt, you navigate a series of Members-only staircases and passageways. 

The gap between the masonry wall of the original dome and the extents of the newer, extended dome.

Midway up the dome you get a full sense of the 180-foot height of the dome and rotunda.

The iron double structure is a sight to be seen. A sunny day makes it all the more special.

Standing at the top. The Apotheosis of George Washington takes on a new life when seen up close. 

Moving up to the tip top reveals all of the coffers from behind. 

Stepping out onto the final and highest platform provides views of all the genius of the L'Enfant Plan for the city. 

The panoramic views from west to south. The Mall, Union Station, the Supreme Court, Library of Congress, and South Capitol Stree towards Nats Stadium. 

IlluminAsia at the Freer Sackler by Mark Andre

Saturday and Sunday, the Freer Sackler is hosting IlluminAsia to celebrate their re-opening. Tonight there will be a very limited run projection on the Facade of the Building. 59 Productions designed the projection, chronicling the history of the Museum. The 12-Minute projection will be run 4 times tonight and never again. Admission is free!

On Film by Mark Andre

A few weeks ago, I picked up a Minolta X-700 on a whim. I've been thinking about getting into film for a while and when the opportunity presented itself, I took it. I picked up a few rolls of Kodak Porta 400 and spent a weekend shooting around trying to get a bit of a feel for the film. The results are below. I'm excited to see where exploring the new medium takes me. 

I couldn't resist the opportunity to take the camera to Fallingwater and snap a few film shots while we visited with the whole office. I'll be posting Digital versions from the trip later. 

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Drama on the Brooklyn Bridge by Mark Andre

For all the times I've been to New York City I rarely play tourist. So often the quick day trips for work never give me anytime to see the sights. Over Labor Day Weekend, Heather and I took spent 4 days playing tourist. Seeing the sights and getting a better feel for the city. 

One of the highlights was walking the Brooklyn Bridge. After the whole day had been grey and rainy, we noticed the clouds beginning to break and headed for the Bridge. 

The layered clouds created some amazing skies as the sun began to set. Fighting all the tourists a bicyclists on the bridge was one challenge, but the other was not getting lost in the scene. It was so amazingly gorgeous that I just wanted to stand and watch. 

After catching the photos above, we hurried to the Brooklyn side to catch the last vestiges of sunset from the Brooklyn waterfront. 

For the first shot, I broke out the tripod and 10-Stop ND filter to really soften the clouds and water. Due to some construction at the base of the bridge, we couldn't get to the spot I wanted and the light was fading quite fast. 

The second composition I thought was much more successful. Just as the light was dying away, brilliant oranges and blues took over the sky. By this point it was dark enough that I put on a 5-Stop ND filter with a 3-Stop ND Graduated Filter. Once I got back home I couldn't have been happier with the results.