I was in Washington DC the past few days and had the opportunity to experience first-hand the impact of a closed government. I met a lovely couple from South Africa that were on holiday and devastated that all the sites they wanted to see were closed. Even more sad were the many groups of school children from out of town that I saw gathered in circles on various lawns around the city. Teachers were doing their best to explain the shutdown, but the looks on the kid’s faces spoke volumes.
I also spent considerable time speaking with a nice man who worked at the Pentagon, but was now among the 800,000 furloughed government employees. We were shooting the sunrise behind the capital, and the range of light meant I was taking multiple images for high-dynamic-range (HDR) processing. He had never heard about HDR so that was a fun chat. He then left me with a nice tidbit of trivia. Did you know that the Pentagon has five floors? And if you walked around the building on each floor you would have walked 17 miles!
A few more images from my recent trip to Washington DC: