Our Nation's Capitol at Dawn

I just got back from a trip to Washington D.C. where the forecast called for constant rain.  While I love the sunshine, I figured that the overcast conditions could actually work in my favor.  Besides keeping the crowds indoors, bad weather sometimes provides interesting skies, and diffused light.  When I woke up at 5:30am, rubbed my eyes and peered out of my hotel window, I noticed there were no puddles in the street.  I hightailed it for 1 mile to the Capitol Building to make this photograph before the sun rose, or skies opened up.  The clouds also came in quite handy at the National Zoo where I had a chance to photograph "Tian Tian", the beautiful Giant Panda.  More on that later in the week after I've unpacked  and downloaded the contents of my memory cards. 

Camera settings: Canon 40D, 17-40mm, ISO 100, f22, 8 seconds, tripod.