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Looking Down the Mall with a Long Lens

This classic (some would say cliche`) shot of the Capital and the Washington Monument is a great example of the way long lenses tend to compress distances. The two buildings are about a mile apart, but through my 300mm lens it looks like they're across the street from one another. This photo was taken from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial about half an hour after sunset.

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Taken on November 19, 2010