DC 17/ When packing for a trip like this, I almost never bring a long telephoto lens. Most of the time I prefer to travel light and use either a 16-35 or a 24-105. However, I had one shot in my mind before leaving, and that is the shot shown above. I wanted a shot during the blue hour right after sunset, showing the detail of the Capitol dome from a long distance.

I thought about bringing the 70-200, but wasn’t sure 200mm would be long enough. I tossed the 100-400 in my bag instead, and I’m glad I did because I’m out closer to 400mm in this capture. I did save a little bit of weight, packing a monopod instead of a tripod, and relying on image stabilization in the lens and the high ISO capability of the 5D Mark IV.

I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I’m thinking about printing it (along with a few other images from the trip).

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