Photographing At The FDR Memorial : 4 Photos You Must Take

one of my favorite memorials to visit in washington dc is the memorial of franklin delano roosevelt.  there is just something about this memorial that always intrigues me.  it is a walking memorial, so you walk your way through the four terms of his presidency, taking in his memorable and strong quotes along the way.  every time i visit this memorial, i want to photograph it.  no matter how many pictures i have from previous visits, i always feel the need to photograph it again.  if you are planning a trip to washington dc, here are some must have photos to take when photographing at the fdr memorial.

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Photographing At The FDR Memorial : 4 Photos You Must Take

Photographing At The FDR Memorial : 4 Photos You Must Take | Bethadilly Photography

the photos in this post were taken with a nikon d750 and sigma art 24mm f/1.4 lens.

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1. The Statues

there are so many statues within the fdr memorial and each one is so unique, begging to be photographed.  one of the most popular amongst tourists is the one pictured above, of the five men standing in a line.  as you are photographing at the fdr memorial, be sure to photograph the beautiful statues.  they are very rich in color and full of texture.

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2. The Natural Details

the memorial is surrounded by beautiful trees and, if you are lucky enough to visit in the spring, possibly cherry blossoms.  sometimes i find myself photographing the little forgotten details of the memorial, while waiting for the crowds to disperse so i can photograph the memorial itself.  one of the best things about washington dc is the well thought out design and details, so be sure to keep your eyes out for other pretty elements besides the memorial itself.

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3. The View of The Washington Monument

the fdr memorial is across the tidal basin from the washington monument, allowing you to get a really great view of the washington monument from further away.  it’s a really great photo, as you can incorporate the tidal basin as well and it’s a little easier to get a photo without a lot of other people walking into your frame.  be sure look around and photograph the view of other monuments that you see while you are photographing at the fdr memorial.

using a wide angle lens is a wonderful idea at this memorial, so you can include the surroundings, as well as your subject, within the frame.

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4. The Waterfalls

there are a couple of waterfalls throughout the memorial that are absolutely stunning and make for wonderful photographs.  it’s a beautiful opportunity to photograph texture and movement, while also listening to their soothing sound.  be sure to monitor and adjust your shutter speed on your camera as you photograph the waterfalls to either freeze or blur the movement.  using a faster shutter speed, as pictured above, will freeze the falling water in place and using a slower shutter speed will blur the movement and motion.

there are so many photo opportunities when photographing at the fdr memorial, so be sure to keep your camera out the entire time.  what are some of your favorite places to visit while traveling to washington dc?  i love learning and photographing, making travel photography one of my favorites!

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