Have you heard of the United States Institute of Peace? I just learned that this agency has been around since 1984.
The United States Institute of Peace was established by Congress in 1984 as an independent, federally-funded national security institution devoted to the nonviolent prevention and mitigation of deadly conflict abroad.
More information about the Institute of Peace can be found at: http://www.usip.org.
How Did I Find Out About the Institute of Peace?
Another Meetup! Last week I attended a night time photo shoot of the U.S. Peace Building. It was selected for its architectural design. The roof is quite interesting and a good portion of the front of the building is glass, so you can actually see the office cubicles. I looked forward to my first organized night time photo shoot! It was all about lower shutter speeds and light balancing settings in the camera.
While I was in the neighborhood of other historical sites such as the Lincoln Memorial, Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool and the Vietnam Memorial, I decided to practice at the reflecting pool.
Cool pics huh?
I met a lot of nice photographers that evening, many of whom shared tips on night time camera settings. I learned that there are many combinations of settings and the best setting is the one that works for you! The key is using a slower shutter speed. My shutter speeds ranged from .5 to 10 secs, depending on the amount of light that was present.
A special thanks to Thaddeus, who I met that night, for sharing camera tips with me. He had a Nikon camera, which is slightly different in functionality than my Canon, so at times, applying the information was tricky.
I learned a few things that night, so I am excited to capture more night time photos of historic and tourist sites in the D.C. metro area.