Around and around it goes. Have you visited Zoo Lights at the National Zoo? It’s basically a Twilight Zone zoo full of lit-up dinosaurs and creepy man-pandas trapped in snow globes, and yet pretty fun nevertheless. Photographer Marcos took some time practicing shortish long-exposures in front of the carousel, which seems a good enough reason for any of us to go. Zoo Lights is closed tonight, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve, but will otherwise be open 5 to 9 p.m. through January 1; admission is free.
This stunning photo is definitely one that makes me sit back and ask, “Is that real?” Richard Barnhill caught this cold front (that is, for those who have forgotten, something that will be greeting us again viciously soon enough after this lovely autumn-like weekend) plowing through the sky over downtown D.C. in mid-November. The cloud wall is something else, but it’s the perfect twilight long exposure that makes this photograph sing. (View this one big.)
It’s always refreshing to find an experimental shot that features an oft-photographed subject such as the Washington Monument. Wait… and is that the Capitol peeking out from the bottom left corner? Double winner!! Photographer David Abizaid mentions in the description that he was toying with long exposure (1.8 seconds, to be precise) and zoom to achieve this dazzling sci-fi movie-like effect.