2018 Kick off with a few Incredible sunrises!

One of my favorite times of the day to be out shooting is early morning before the sun comes up where everything is calm and the chill is still in the air.  The beginning to 2018 has not disappointed for those early morning adventures, though colder then I expected but that just adds some texture to the pictures.

First outing - 1/10/2018 - Sunrise circuit (Park at the Paddle boats, walk to the Washington Monument, World War II Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, towards the Korean War Veterans Memorial, past Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and back to the jeep) at the monuments in Washington DC.

 This is a picture I have been thinking about for a while but with the moon almost full and a little too long of an exposure so the stars went a little elliptical vs crisp circles.  It's not technically perfect but I like the concept and will be watching the moon cycles to get this shot in 2018! 

This is a picture I have been thinking about for a while but with the moon almost full and a little too long of an exposure so the stars went a little elliptical vs crisp circles.  It's not technically perfect but I like the concept and will be watching the moon cycles to get this shot in 2018! 

 One of the unique situations early this year is the frozen reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial and I love these early morning shots with the glow of the city lights across the ice. 

One of the unique situations early this year is the frozen reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial and I love these early morning shots with the glow of the city lights across the ice. 

 The clouds this morning were moving at a nice pace and the first light colors were amazing.  Long exposure shot to get the movement in the clouds to really help add some depth to the picture. 

The clouds this morning were moving at a nice pace and the first light colors were amazing.  Long exposure shot to get the movement in the clouds to really help add some depth to the picture. 

 Another fun shot with the Tidal Basin fully frozen with the Jefferson Memorial at first light with those lovely morning colors. 

Another fun shot with the Tidal Basin fully frozen with the Jefferson Memorial at first light with those lovely morning colors. 

Second Outing - 1/22/2018  - Same circuit as I previously took

 This was a bit of a unique angle as I was able to step out into the reflecting pool as the water is starting to thaw and some fun textured water for reflections of the flags, State Capitol, World War II Memorial and Washington Monument.

This was a bit of a unique angle as I was able to step out into the reflecting pool as the water is starting to thaw and some fun textured water for reflections of the flags, State Capitol, World War II Memorial and Washington Monument.

 A little further down the reflecting pool where you can see where the ice is starting to break up.  Taken from in front of the Lincoln Memorial at the bottom of the steps right by the reflecting pool and a super low angle. 

A little further down the reflecting pool where you can see where the ice is starting to break up.  Taken from in front of the Lincoln Memorial at the bottom of the steps right by the reflecting pool and a super low angle. 

 As i was walking up to the Lincoln Memorial the clouds were moving and opening in a few spots to show the blue early morning sky so had to try and frame it the best I could and try and show some of that movement from the clouds.

As i was walking up to the Lincoln Memorial the clouds were moving and opening in a few spots to show the blue early morning sky so had to try and frame it the best I could and try and show some of that movement from the clouds.

 This was just as light was starting to come up behind the Jefferson Memorial, the colors and sky were just amazing for about 25 minutes till the sun peaked out. 

This was just as light was starting to come up behind the Jefferson Memorial, the colors and sky were just amazing for about 25 minutes till the sun peaked out. 

 This was almost a throw away image for me because of the railing in place in the monument but I did like the texture in the sky and how the WWII Memorial looks at night with the ring of lights from the fountain and after my 5 minute normal processing I liked it even more.

This was almost a throw away image for me because of the railing in place in the monument but I did like the texture in the sky and how the WWII Memorial looks at night with the ring of lights from the fountain and after my 5 minute normal processing I liked it even more.

 This was the last frame of a time-lapse I had running but unfortunatley had a battery run out on me so didn't quite get the sun coming up fully above the horizon. 

This was the last frame of a time-lapse I had running but unfortunatley had a battery run out on me so didn't quite get the sun coming up fully above the horizon. 

I will be working on venturing out to try a few other locations in the area over the next few months as well.  Get some better shots of the Capitol and a few other spots that some other photographers have mentioned. 

As always the images captured here are on my Smugmug account under Travel and Locations and then under Northern Virginia. 

The only way to get the shot is be out there shooting!