I’ve learned over the past few years that shooting a Washington, D.C. sunrise for the fall equinox is best done a few days before the equinox.
On the equinox, the moment of sunrise perfectly aligns with the monuments and landmarks on the Mall, but by the time the sun moves above the horizon, it has angled to the right and is not perfectly aligned. By photographing the sunrise a few days before equinox, the sun will line up better with the monuments when it has risen above the horizon.
See below for more photos of this morning’s pre-equinox sky...
Photographing the sun in alignment with Washington’s monuments also depends on the weather conditions, of course. Lingering clouds from Tuesday’s storms did not provide for a good sunrise opportunity yesterday. Today, the weather conditions were perfect: high clouds offered texture but were sufficiently thin for the sun to stand out rising above the horizon.