In my last blog post, I was thrilled to announce that one of my photos is gracing the cover of National Geographic. So how do I follow that up in my next post? Is it possible to even compete with this news? Unlikely, unless of course I photograph the landing of a UFO on the White House lawn. Followed by a series of photos, of a conga line of little green men exiting the spaceship. But I digress… The short answer is no, I can’t top this news, and that’s okay. After all, I’m still having a hard time wiping the grin off of my face, and I don’t think that the grin is going away any time soon.
I want to thank all my readers who left me such awesome comments here on my blog, on Twitter, and Facebook. I am also touched by all the nice emails I received, it really meant a lot to me. What a great feeling to know that there are so many people out there who are celebrating this nice moment with me.
Oh yes… Today’s photo. While there is no National Geographic yellow rectangle around this photo, it s a photo from the city where Nat Geo is located, not much of a tie in , but hey, I tried! The Library of Congress in Washington D.C. is not one building, but rather three separate buildings. The John Adams Building, the James Madison Memorial Building, and the Thomas Jefferson Building which we see in the above photo. In terms of number of books and shelf space, the Library of Congress is the largest library in the world. The library is open to the public, but only members of the U.S. Congress, Supreme Court Justices, and other high ranking government officials are permitted to check out the books. If you are ever in Washington D.C. make a point of walking through the corridors of the Jefferson building, the interior as you can see from the photograph, is spectacular.
Moments before taking this photo I was attempting to take a shot from another vantage point and a tour group walked right in front of me. I’m glad they did, because the woman leading the tour was very informative. She was talking about the mosaic in the middle of the photograph Elihu Vedder’s Minerva of Peace. Walk up to this beautiful work of art and you’ll be amazed at the craftsmanship and incredible details. The symbolism in the artwork is quite interesting too. The guide went on to explain about all the different elements in the mosaic, like the spear, crown, serpentine necklace, owl, winged figure, helmet and more. She then talked about how the mosaic was installed before continuing on. I wish I could have followed the group, but I had to get back to taking photos. There is so much to see in Washington D.C. and with only a few days to explore, I had to make the best of the limited time I had there.
On a side note, photographers can register the copyright on their photos with the Library of Congress, to best protect their rights in case of copyright infringement. I’ll be writing about just how to do that in a few weeks. Copyright is a very important topic for photographers and other artists, and often misunderstood. I’m looking forward to sharing some valuable tips and information with you on the subject of photographer’s copyright, so look for that in an upcoming blog post.
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