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Washington DC Capitol - Purple Hour HDR | by Bold Frontiers
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Washington DC Capitol - Purple Hour HDR

Long exposure night photo of the Washington DC Capitol. Also an HDR composite from multiple exposures.


Because of the different light sources and their varying color casts, I decided to adjust the white balance for the iconic white dome of the Capitol while keeping the green & brown colors of the foliage intact. Together with the HDR processing, the sky then shifted to glowing shades of purple & violet even though in person I remember it being a very dark shade of blue since it was very early in the morning. Still I think it adds a rather nice surreal element to the whole scene, a kind of “purple hour” that might otherwise precede the blue hour of dawn :-)


This photo is released under a standard Creative Commons License - Attribution 3.0 Unported. It gives you a lot of freedom to use my work commercially as long as you credit and link back to the same free image from my website,

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Taken on April 14, 2014