Washington: Shooting it Like a Pro

The Supreme Court, Detail

Washington, DC Brooks Craft / Corbis for Time
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"This shot was actually rather complicated," says Kraft. "I wanted the image to be perfectly symmetrical, but lying on my back did not work. I couldn't obtain the precision angle I needed. So I laid the camera on the ground and snapped off frames one at a time, until I found the perfect position." To keep the bottoms of the columns from curving, Kraft has set the camera's focal length of 16 mm, "which is about as far as you can go before the edges of the frame would not distort."

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