Winterbottom didn’t need any special access to capture this photo of the moon rising over the Washington Monument. He took it while standing on solid ground between the reflecting pool and Constitution Gardens. “The clouds started to roll in, and there were nice tree branches to give it a Sleepy Hollow atmosphere,” he says. Later, “I added a little blue tone to make it feel all the more spooky.”
Late at night, while perched near the ceiling of the choir loft, Winterbottom noticed that the men constructing the scaffolding by the entrance of the cathedral were framed in their own little boxes. Plus, “the structure of the scaffold itself was forming a kind of cross,” he says. To bring out the softness and texture of the stone, Winterbottom shot in black and white and added a sepia tone.
The view from the top of the Washington Monument is spectacular — and scary. “When it got windy, you could feel the movement in the scaffolding,” Winterbottom says. As the photographer peeked downward (those are his feet!), he noticed that the high-altitude marble is much prettier than the plaza-level slabs: “There is a kind of salmon-pinkish color to many of the stones, and more lively veining and grain.”