07.04.21: Jefferson and dome

Looking up at the dome above the statue of Thomas Jefferson in the Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C.

Looking up at the dome above the statue of Thomas Jefferson in the Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C.

Looking up at one of Washington’s monuments

Tech specs

  • Date/time: Sep 2, 2016 12:04 PM   
  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Lens: EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM 
  • Focal length: 10mm
  • Aperture: f/3.5
  • Shutter: 1/500 second
  • ISO: 320

Washington, D.C., is a city filled with monuments and memorials.

Many — like the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the World War II Memorial, the Vietnam War Memorial and the Korean War Memorial — are located along the National Mall, always a destination for tourists. The U.S. Capitol Building is at the west end of the National Mall. Various Smithsonian museums line the north and south sides. And the memorials/monuments I listed are at the east end.

And all of those memorials/monuments are at or near the top of the list of most-visited sites in Washington, D.C. They are easy for tourists to find during their walks.

A trip to the Jefferson Memorial requires a bit more walking. To find it, tourists journey east along the mall, make a left at the Washington Monument and cross a couple of streets to reach a walkway with a view of the Jefferson Memorial across the Tidal Basin. To reach the site, tourists must continue walking across a bridge and along the edge of the Tidal Basin.

In my opinion, it’s worth the walk.

The memorial dedicated to Thomas Jefferson, the third U.S. president and one of the founding fathers, was completed in 1943. The single chamber in the domed memorial stands 91 feet high and houses a 19-foot-tall, five ton bronze statue of Jefferson. The statue stands on a six-foot pedestal, bringing the total height to 25 feet. From a distance, the Jefferson statue doesn’t seem very tall inside the mammoth chamber. But the size of the statue becomes obvious to an approaching visitor.

I captured this photo during a September 2016 visit to the memorial. I had walked through the chamber, grabbing shots of the statue from various angles as well as photos of the columns. But I wanted a shot that would show the detail in the chamber’s ceiling while still showing the statue. I decided to kneel near the base of the statue and angle the camera up, creating perspective distortion on the statue while keeping the proper perspective for the ceiling.

I liked what I saw.


 The single chamber in the domed memorial stands 91 feet high and houses a 19-foot-tall, five ton bronze statue of Jefferson. The statue stands on a six-foot pedestal, bringing the total height to 25 feet. 

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