The Castle

The southwest side of The Smithsonian Institution Building — a.k.a. The Castle — and the first building of the now world-renowned research facility/museum campus.  It was built in 1855 and designed by architect James Renwick, Jr., who also designed St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.  The red Seneca sandstone really makes this place stand out along the National Mall.  It’s probably one of my favorite buildings in the entire Washington D.C. area.  I loved that it was one of the structures that lacked any symmetry, so it was quite photogenic in it’s own respect.  Across the street, just on the other side of this shot, stands a statue of James Smithson; the man whose name the building bears.  I’ve made a promise to go back and get some better pictures now that I know how to work my camera a bit better…

  • Camera: Nikon D90
  • Lens: Nikon 18-55mm
  • Focal Length: 18mm
  • ISO: 1600 (not sure why the heck it was set so high)
  • Bracketing: 3 exposures with EVs ranging from -2 to +2 at 2 stop intervals
  • White Balance: Auto
  • Shutter: 1/250s
  • Aperture: f/8
  • Tripod: Sunpak 6200DX

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