September 11, 2020: Field Trips: Monuments at Night

Please join us for a club favorite, Monuments at Night on Friday September 11th at 7 pm.  This is a wonderful opportunity for all levels of photographers, especially beginners.  Your host, Steven Glintz, will be on hand for any questions or trouble you may have. 

Your field trip coordinators will also monitor for any developing situations which may impact our enjoyment and update this field trip if necessary.  Be sure to check back the week of this event for updated information.


The monuments between the World War II memorial and the Lincoln Memorial take on a whole new life after dark.  Although the Arlington Memorial Bridge will be under repair and the Jefferson Memorial will be undergoing restoration, there are many other attractions open and available.  The Reflecting Pool, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, and the service men and women memorials are all down on the West side.  The water fountains at the World War II memorial should also be operating.  Of course, there is also the District of Columbia War Memorial (World War I).  The FDR memorial is another option and has many interesting subjects. 

Tripods are generally accepted around the grounds provided the photographer is not blocking or hindering pedestrian traffic.  Tripods inside the Lincoln Memorial are prohibited and park rangers will ask you not to use them (there are reports some rangers will look the other way, but that’s the exception not the norm).

Sunset is anticipated at 7:20 p.m. and Moonset will be at 3:33 p.m.  (no moon, sorry)


  • Sturdy tripod
  • Leave your super telephotos and fast glass at home
  • Remote shutter or cable release may be useful to prevent camera shake on long exposures
  • Filters optional
  • Flash optional


Friday, September 11, 2020 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 pm.
Rain date on Saturday, September 12, 2020 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.


Assemble at Reflecting Pool in front of Lincoln Memorial at 7 p.m. for a brief meet and greet.

Metered parking is available on Ohio Dr. SW as well as the parking lot at the Tidal Basin Paddle Boats.  The cost is $2.30 per hour with a three hour maximum ($6.90 total).  Carpools are recommended if you can travel with others in your extended “bubble”.  Please bring a mask and anticipate wearing the mask when around others.  Please also be patient and remain the recommended six feet away from other visitors. 

We hope you can join us!

Tammy Tideswell and Steven Glintz
Field Trip Coordinators 2020-2021

* Photographs of the monuments courtesy of NVPS member Steven Glintz.  Additional examples and inspiration are available on NVPS gallery.

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