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My first large print; The Capitol at Sunset. I got it printed on metal at Black River Imaging

Hi, my name is Brandon Kopp.  I’ve been taking pictures for about 7 years now. I started on a military deployment to Europe in 2004 with a gigantic point and shoot Canon Powershot A70. When I returned from that deployment in 2005, I got a Sony Cybershot DSC-F828. I had a lot of adventures with that camera and got some shots that inspired me to keep going. I took the Cybershot with me on my next deployment to Kuwait/Afghanistan in 2008 and when I got home I traded up for a Nikon D300. I didn’t do a lot with this camera until I moved to the Washington, DC area in June 2010. This is where my interest in/passion for photography really took off.

Since moving to DC a year ago I have concentrated mainly shots of the memorials, the museums, and the Capitol. I have focused pretty heavily on HDR photography, particularly with Photomatix, since discovering the technique in the Fall of 2010. I have more recently began to branch out to other types of photography; protests, celebrities, stars (astronomy), time-lapse, and some others.

I created this blog to share my experiences taking pictures in DC so you can have a successful photo adventure when you visit and go home with some pictures you want to put up on your walls, not just put in a scrapbook.

My second large print; Foggy Blossom. Printed on metal by Bay Photo.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Hannah permalink
    September 26, 2013 2:29 pm

    I was wondering if I could use the washington monument pictures of the stand and flags surrounding it for a power point project for my 8th grade history class?

    • September 26, 2013 5:02 pm

      Yes, you can can use the picture for that purpose. Thank you for reading.

  2. Hannah permalink
    September 27, 2013 4:22 pm

    Thank you! I will be sure to put your name and copyright on the photo.

  3. Padma Inguva permalink
    February 5, 2014 5:19 pm

    Brandon, I really appreciate all the hard work you put into helping other photographers to shoot in DC. Thank you so much and I will be using your blog as my guide. I would like to know whether you can offer any tips on photographing National Cathedral..

    • February 6, 2014 12:55 pm

      Thanks Padma. I haven’t been doing a good job continuing to write, so I’m glad that the content I do have is still relevant. As far as the National Cathedral, it is OK but not great to photograph these days. There are still nets up across the ceiling in the main sanctuary. Wide-angle shots aren’t as interesting as they might be if the nets weren’t up. You could do tighter shots and try to cut out the nets, but the ceiling and enormity of the sanctuary are really the big draws. There are other, non-damaged rooms in the basement level. They are great to photograph as well. If you’re looking for an alternative, check out the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. It’s almost as big and has some amazing architectural features as well. Have a great trip.

  4. August 19, 2014 11:31 am

    Hi Brandon,
    Thanks for some great information! Planning our DC trip with it! It seems the Korean War Memorial is missing from your list!
    Thanks again.

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