The Federal Trade Commission Building is found at the apex of Federal Triangle in Washington, DC. It was designed by architect Edward Bennett in 1938 and built in the neoclassicism style with art deco details. At night, the building shines next door to the National Archives building.
I shot this photo with a long exposure of 4 minutes at ISO 100 and f/16. When I set this shot up, I actually took the photo in portrait orientation with the building centered in the frame. When I processed the image, I decided an off-center landscape orientation crop would work better for my taste.
The long exposure helped to make an interesting blur from the clouds moving in the sky. Their purple/pink hues arise from the clouds reflecting the light pollution from the city. Since it wasn’t completely overcast, there were pockets of dark blue left over in the sky after twilight. The crescent Moon was just to the left of the building, but it ended up hiding behind the clouds for this shot.
I find this building very interesting because of its obvious neoclassicism design mixing with art deco elements. It seems as if the architect wanted to fall in line with the neoclassicism that dominated DC whilst incorporating modern (for then) elements.
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