White House Washington DC Oval Office Skyline Canvas Photography Metal Print Wall Art Picture Home Decor Poster Landmark Bedroom Livingroom
White House Washington DC Oval Office Skyline Canvas Photography Metal Print Wall Art Picture Home Decor Poster Landmark Bedroom Livingroom
White House Washington DC Oval Office Skyline Canvas Photography Metal Print Wall Art Picture Home Decor Poster Landmark Bedroom Livingroom
White House Washington DC Oval Office Skyline Canvas Photography Metal Print Wall Art Picture Home Decor Poster Landmark Bedroom Livingroom
White House Washington DC Oval Office Skyline Canvas Photography Metal Print Wall Art Picture Home Decor Poster Landmark Bedroom Livingroom
White House Washington DC Oval Office Skyline Canvas Photography Metal Print Wall Art Picture Home Decor Poster Landmark Bedroom Livingroom
White House Washington DC Oval Office Skyline Canvas Photography Metal Print Wall Art Picture Home Decor Poster Landmark Bedroom Livingroom
White House Washington DC Oval Office Skyline Canvas Photography Metal Print Wall Art Picture Home Decor Poster Landmark Bedroom Livingroom
White House Washington DC Oval Office Skyline Canvas Photography Metal Print Wall Art Picture Home Decor Poster Landmark Bedroom Livingroom
White House Washington DC Oval Office Skyline Canvas Photography Metal Print Wall Art Picture Home Decor Poster Landmark Bedroom Livingroom
White House Washington DC Oval Office Skyline Canvas Photography Metal Print Wall Art Picture Home Decor Poster Landmark Bedroom Livingroom
White House Washington DC Oval Office Skyline Canvas Photography Metal Print Wall Art Picture Home Decor Poster Landmark Bedroom Livingroom
White House Washington DC Oval Office Skyline Canvas Photography Metal Print Wall Art Picture Home Decor Poster Landmark Bedroom Livingroom
White House Washington DC Oval Office Skyline Canvas Photography Metal Print Wall Art Picture Home Decor Poster Landmark Bedroom Livingroom

White House Washington DC Oval Office Skyline Canvas Photography Metal Print Wall Art Picture Home Decor Poster Landmark Bedroom Livingroom

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I was standing in front of the White House gates just after sunset staring at an angry looking Secret Service officer, holding an automatic weapon. It was a week after a major terrorism event that was all over national news and the security was extremely high in front of the President's home. Machine Gun carrying guards and all. I wanted to take a picture of the White House, but without the looming wrought-iron gate blocking my view.

I had arrived late on the scene, having gotten stuck in traffic on my way to DC. I was working for the summer in a small city about 30 minutes out of Washington – Annapolis, Maryland. I worked 80 hours a week with no days off, so getting off work at 7 on a sunday was a big deal.

I hopped into an old beaten up car that I'd just bought, for adventures like these.

I had it all planned out, I would get to the White House 20 minutes before the sunset and capture the beautiful summer sunset that the East Coast of the US does so well on a clear day.

It didn't end up working out the way I wanted, I got stuck in bad traffic on the freeway to DC, and didn't to my destination until 10 minutes after sunset. I had witnessed a spectacular sunset on my way, kicking myself that I was so late, and would probably miss it because I was stuck in traffic.

I arrived in the midst of what I later started calling the "Blue Hour". Everyone's heard of the Golden Hour, that time around sunset and sunrise where the light is soft, warm and magical. But the blue period is something else entirely, and severely underrated in my opinion. It follows quickly after the golden hour, about 5-10 minutes after the sun has actually set (or 5-10 minutes before the sun has risen). The sky is a deep, rich blue but with the right camera settings, retains its detail, unlike the pitch black sky when the sun has fully gone down.

So I stood there, still panting and sweating from the half mile run from my car, as I had had to park it a good distance from the White House to avoid getting towed away. The air was still very warm and I was carrying a heavy camera bag and tripod.

I knew I had missed the sunset but observed the curious rich blue color in the sky and knew there was still a potential photo in play. I also knew that it was already much too dark to shoot handheld and would need a tripod and shoot a "long-exposure".

*quick geeky explanation, skip if you're not interested.
A "long-exposure" is where you leave the lens open for much longer than a normal photograph, in order to still get a shot, in low light. eg. a typical photo is taken in 1/100th of a second. You can do this hand-held and it will come out fine without any blurriness. When there is a low light scenario, you can put the camera on a tripod and take photos that last 1/10th of a second, 1/2 second, 5 seconds, 30 seconds or even as long as six minutes! When you get into times longer than 1/50th of a second, you need to start using a tripod or the photo gets blurry.

Now back to the machine-gun-carrying guards. They patrolled outside the black wrought-iron gates and generally looked menacing. I knew that if I wanted to leave here with an iconic photo, I was going to have to place the camera in between the bars in the fence. I also knew I would need a tripod, and the math in my head told me I needed about a 4 second exposure to get a picture of proper brightness and color.

I noticed there were 2 groups of tourists taking pictures outside the gates, one set on the close sidewalk, all shooting handheld. The second group was across the street on the far sidewalk shooting on tripods with fancy pro cameras. I knew both groups would be getting 80% of their picture covered up by the fence! I also saw the sign that tripods weren't allowed on the close sidewalk, but that was the only way I was getting my shot.

I figured I had about a 5-10 second window to make my move to get the shot. I manually dialed all the setting into my camera, sneakily slipped my camera onto the tripod, extended the tripod legs and ran up to a slit in the fence.

I placed the camera in the hole, aimed the absolute best I could all things considered and hit the 4 second timer to start. 1 second. My heart pounded in my chest. 2 seconds. The machine gun carrying guard noticed me and frowned. 3 seconds. He quickly descended on me. 4 seconds. He barked that tripods weren't allowed on the close sidewalk. I quickly apologized, withdrew from my position in the fence and walked away. As soon as I was a safe distance away from the guard, I looked down at my camera to review the one image I was able to capture with improvised settings off the top of my head, and I fortunately I'd gotten it!

SHIPPING DETAILS
There are 3 ways to print these images, glossy paper printing, metallic style printing and canvas printing.

1) Glossy Paper Prints are professional quality glossy paper prints. They have a nice sharp and glossy finish and are only available in 8 in x 10 in. They are designed to be placed in a frame, which can be purchased separately (starting at a few dollars at your local dollar store or Walmart).

2) Metallic Paper Prints are much sharper, more vivid and the colors more intense than any other printing method I've ever seen. These are bigger. They start at 12inx18in and go all the way up to 30x45!

The official description states the following.

Warning: Technical jargon.

Kodak Metallic paper features an increased color gamut for stronger, brighter, more vibrant colors. It allows bright whites and rich deep blacks. This is not a cheap substitute to a metal print. It is genuine Kodak silver halide photographic paper, exposed digitally on our Noritsu or $150,000 Chromira printer, in sizes all the way up to 30”x45”.

I recommend getting the biggest piece you can fit on your wall, as the printing price only goes up gradually as you double, triple or quadruple the size of the print.

Note: This special metallic-paper printing, ships unframed in a box or cardboard tube, to ensure safe delivery.

The delivery time for printing, packaging and shipping on a customized metallic paper print is around 3-5 business days.

3) Canvas Printing is a well-known, high-end way of displaying photographs. This also has the advantage of not needing a frame. They come "gallery wrapped". This is a high quality canvas, stretched and stapled onto a set of 1.2 inch deep wooden stretcherbars that give it shape, in the same way an oil painting is typical stretched. There are no staples or ugly lines visible on the sides (very important). It comes out of the shipping box finished and ready to hang with a simple nail in the wall. Once the stretched canvas print arrives and is in your hands, you then have the option of framing it locally if you decide you want that look, instead of the no-frame "gallery wrap" look.
Even $5 million homes commonly have unframed work on their walls, depending on the decor style in that home.
The delivery time for printing, packing and shipping on a customized canvas print is around 14 business days.


*UNMOUNTED*

Any canvas print bigger than 2ftx4ft is shipped unmounted. This is because shipping large mounted artwork is extremely expensive as it needs to have a special wooden crate built for it, put on a shipping palet, go through a special cargo trucking service etc. This can cost $200-$500 dollars to ship just one piece, depending on size.

So for bigger pieces the canvas is rolled up in a tube and securely sent in the mail. When you receive it, you then take it to a local frame shop and you can get them to mount it, called "stretching a canvas".
White House Washington DC Oval Office Skyline Canvas Photography Metal Print Wall Art Picture Home Decor Poster Landmark Bedroom Livingroom
White House Washington DC Oval Office Skyline Canvas Photography Metal Print Wall Art Picture Home Decor Poster Landmark Bedroom Livingroom
White House Washington DC Oval Office Skyline Canvas Photography Metal Print Wall Art Picture Home Decor Poster Landmark Bedroom Livingroom
White House Washington DC Oval Office Skyline Canvas Photography Metal Print Wall Art Picture Home Decor Poster Landmark Bedroom Livingroom
White House Washington DC Oval Office Skyline Canvas Photography Metal Print Wall Art Picture Home Decor Poster Landmark Bedroom Livingroom
White House Washington DC Oval Office Skyline Canvas Photography Metal Print Wall Art Picture Home Decor Poster Landmark Bedroom Livingroom
White House Washington DC Oval Office Skyline Canvas Photography Metal Print Wall Art Picture Home Decor Poster Landmark Bedroom Livingroom
White House Washington DC Oval Office Skyline Canvas Photography Metal Print Wall Art Picture Home Decor Poster Landmark Bedroom Livingroom
White House Washington DC Oval Office Skyline Canvas Photography Metal Print Wall Art Picture Home Decor Poster Landmark Bedroom Livingroom
White House Washington DC Oval Office Skyline Canvas Photography Metal Print Wall Art Picture Home Decor Poster Landmark Bedroom Livingroom
White House Washington DC Oval Office Skyline Canvas Photography Metal Print Wall Art Picture Home Decor Poster Landmark Bedroom Livingroom
White House Washington DC Oval Office Skyline Canvas Photography Metal Print Wall Art Picture Home Decor Poster Landmark Bedroom Livingroom