Street Focus 27: Streets of the World – Washington DC with Lynford Morton

Street Focus 27: Street of the World – Washington DC with Lynford Morton

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For this new installment of Streets of the World, I'm taking you to Washington DC and your guide for this special segment is Lynford Morton.

Lynford Morton is a Washington, DC-based photographer and photography coach. He helps emerging and enthusiast photographers take great pictures though his business PhotoTour DC. He blogs and podcasts about photography at Shutterbug Life and founded Shutterbug Excursions, one of the fastest growing photography Meetups in Washington, DC. You can find his 100 Strangers project and photos he shoots for fun at Lyn's Pics.   

Areas of interest we discussed during the episode, and more:


Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA)You can start your photo shoot in this airport. It has high ceilings and big windows for lots of natural light. Expect to see mostly business travelers bustling about during the day. This is the only airport on a Metro stop.

Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) You might notice the exterior from several movies. A shuttle can take you into the city or to a Metro stop.

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)Maryland's MARC Train Service takes you to DC's Union Station.


Union Station in DC is home to Amtrak and multiple commuter rail services. The station has beautiful architecture inside and out.

Metrorail & Metrobus

The Metro system is the nations second-largest heavy rail system with 5 rail lines. The trains are clean and efficient. Photographers will enjoy the repeating patterns in the ceilings of each station. Train commuters are always interesting subjects.

Capital Bikeshare DC

The Districts bike sharing program makes bicycles available to anyone over the age of 16. Simply take a bike from one of the convenient stations in DC and Arlington, and return it to a nearby docking station. Try and resist the repeating pattern of red bikes at the stations. People dropping off and picking up bikes can be an interesting project.

Historic Neighborhoods

GeorgetownAn upscale neighborhood in the Northwest, Washington, DC. The main intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and M Street, NW, contains high-end shops, bars, restaurants. Wander any of the side streets for cobblestone walkways and interesting architecture. Expect to see everyone from upscale shoppers to college students.

Dupont CircleThe official circle is located at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue NW, Connecticut Avenue NW, New Hampshire Avenue NW, P Street NW, and 19th Street NW. Inside the circle and surrounding neighborhood, expect an eclectic mix of people families walking dogs, couples of all kinds, guys playing pick up games of chess, a brass band jamming on a corner, or locals immersed in a newspaper or a good book.

U Street CorridorHistory and culture merge with trendy bars and restaurants in this historic neighborhood. Most of the action happens on U Street, NW between 9th and 16th Streets.

Adams MorganLots of colors and textures in this trendy neighborhood, known for its international flavor. Make sure to shoot the main strip on from 18th & Columbia Streets, NW, and wander south.

Capitol HillIn the neighborhood adjacent to the Nation's Capitol Building you can find Hill staffers, families and tourists alike. Walk up 8th Street, SE, from Pennsylvania Ave to the Marine Corps Baracks for a cool Main Street USA feel. On weekends, Eastern Market is practically a sensory overload.

Chinatown/Gallery Place Just stand still at the intersection of H and 7th Streets, NW, and someone interesting is bound to walk by you. Underneath the backdrop of the giant Chinatown Arch, you can see workers rushing into and out the train station, the Verizon Center crowd, which ranges depending on who is performing, and quirky stories unfolding at each corner.

H Street, NE This newly trendy corridor hops on H Street from about 3rd Street to 14th Street.

Annapolis Harbor, MD About 30 – 45 minutes outside the city, you can spend a leisurely afternoon photographing the City Dock. Don't be surprised to see U.S. Naval Academy sailor recruits in crisp white uniforms. Naturally, shoppers and families bring their dogs and leisurely attitudes. Street performers down at the dock are not an uncommon site.

Old Town Alexandria, VA Start at the corner of King and Washington Streets and head down the cobblestone sidewalks to the Harbor. Find some inspiration in the Torpedo Factory, where lots of local photographers and artists maintain studios and galleries.

The National MallOfficial Washington, DC

American Indian MuseumYou'll want to photograph the unique exterior and texture of one of the newest museums on the Mall.

Reflecting PoolThis iconic view of Washington never fails in day or night. You should always be able to find interesting stories unfolding around you proposals, weddings, family reunions, and even historic events.

Einstein MonumentThis is one of the lesser known monuments, but you will still see a steady stream of tourists stopping for selfies with Albert.

The Lincoln MemorialOne of the most photographed locations in the city and for good reason. If you can't find a good photograph around here, you aren't trying.

Smithsonian CastleThe exterior literally looks like a castle and the adjacent Haupt Gardens are usually a good location for people watching.

The Wall – Vietnam Veterans MemorialOne of the more touching and moving locations on the Mall. Returning soldiers are usually very emotional but eager to tell their stories to someone who will listen respectfully.

World War II Memorial — at night. That's right, this location is boring during the day but lights up at night. Look for lights, leading lines and silhouette opportunities.

The U.S Capitol

The west side at night – reflecting pool. This is a beautiful view at dusk. It is being repaired currently but should return to its splendor in 2016.

The Tidal Basin Home of the historic Cherry Blossoms. The basin is bordered by the Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, and Martin Luther King Memorial. There are no shortage of photo ops at any of them.

Area Attractions with seeing if you have time

Smithsonian's National Zoo –

National Harbor –

Washington National Cathedral –

 Union Station –

National Air & Space Museum – Udvar-Hazy Center –

Air Force Memorial –

U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima) –

Library of Congress – Jefferson Building –

Meridian Hill Park (Malcolm X Park) home of the Drum Circle –

Eastern Market –

Farmers Markets –

Maine Avenue Fish Market –

National Cherry Blossom Festival –

University campuses

Catholic University of America –

Georgetown University –

Howard University –

Join Lynford Morton's community of photographers

Shutterbug Excursions Meetup

Check in with the Shutterbug Excursions Meetup group if you want to go shooting with locals. We are a friendly group of photographers who hold frequent photo walks and street photography shoots on most weekends throughout the year. See what we have scheduled at

Shutterbug Excursions Facebook Group

If you plan to shoot when no Meetup is scheduled, post a message to the Facebook group. Many of our members are up for an impromptu photo shoot

And to keep in touch with Valerie, find all links via her website. Stop by and say hi!