Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Totally Tubular

Platform : Navy Memorial/Archives/Penn Quarter : Metro-Green/Yellow Line

Green Line Train in the Direction of Branch Avenue

My brother works downtown as a contractor at a government agency (he and 3.8 bajillion other Metro Washingtonians) and every once in a while, I go down and meet him for lunch. We usually go for fries at Five Guys and then spend an hour or so wandering the corridors and exhibit halls of the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Want to see a slice of D.C. diversity? Ride Metro. You'll see lobbyists,
interns, Congressional aides, construction workers, students, tourists, government
employees, military personnel, white people, black people, Hispanics/Latinos,
Asians, Indian Indians and Native American Indians, veterans, protesters,
Republicans, Democrats, Independents, singers, poets, people of faith, and atheists.
You name the demographic and you're likely to find it on Metro.

To get from Point A to Point B, I usually take some form of Metro transportation, because it's cheap and easy. Today's post features pictures from my latest Metro ride between the Navy Memorial/Archives station and the Columbia Heights/Park Road station. The latter is the stop for Target, which is where I went after our lunch. From there, I walked home, which was a good 3.5 miles. Nothing like combining a few great activities: seeing my brother, eating, culture, shopping, photography, and exercise!

Escalator : Columbia Heights/Park Road : Metro-Green/Yellow Line

Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential


Jim said...

The top picture is great, but I may get dizzy.

Lori said...

great metro shots! i like the black and white one especially

Virginia said...

Can't decide which is my favorite. The 2nd one might be because I don't have that "skill" yet, but love #1 because it makes the Metro look so much cooler than it really is! They are all great! Maybe when I go to Paris in Nov. I will try and get some similar ones.

D.C. Confidential said...

Jim: Don't topple over!

Lori: Thanks! The black and white turned out better than I expected.

Virginia: The second photo is a timed exposure. I think I set it for a 3.2-sec. shot or something.

marley said...

Great shots. The first and second are brilliant. Really urban and architectural.

Anonymous said...

these are really nice photos; what kind of camera?

D.C. Confidential said...

Marley: Thanks! Metro is about as big city urban as we get in these parts!

Tara: Thank you. Believe it or not, I shoot all my photos with a Canon PowerShot A630 AiAF. This picture was taken with a 52mm wide angle lens, which you can get as an accessory for the A630.

USelaine said...

Well, I'm going to bring the tone of the conversation down a bit and say, the first one at thumbnail on the portal - reminded me of the shuttle bay on Star Trek. cue theme music

Maya said...

Sounds like a very good day indeed! Nice shots too!

D.C. Confidential said...

USElaine: Invoking Star Trek is elevating the discourse! I LOVE that show. I've never looked at Metro as Star Trek-y, but you're right. Thank you!

Maya: Thanks! It was a pretty good day. (Although, in hindsight, walking home wasn't a totally good idea, but only because the temperatures were nearing the 90s. That wasn't too smart. I ended up with a migraine later that evening as a result.)

Fénix - Bostonscapes said...

Love that first shot.

Mo said...

Fantastic photos.

D.C. Confidential said...

Fénix: Thanks! I was pleased with that shot, too. So much so that I think next week I'm going to take a day and ride the Metro system looking for more shots like this.

Mo: Thank you!