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United States Capitol

Local photographer Angela Pan will be the first to tell you that she’s a bit of a storm-chaser. “I think bad weather makes for the best images, so I try to venture out during severe storms in the area. Crazy, I know, but it’s so fun,” says Pan, who used her Sony a7ii with a 16-35 mm wide-angle lens to capture lightning above the National Mall in a freak winter storm that had all of the hallmarks of a warm July blitz from the heavens. The intrepid shooter, who grew up in the area and attended George Mason University and VCU, had heard the weather reports about tornado warnings, but says she didn’t think the storm would be so intense. “I was just being naive, but I still don’t regret it,” she says. She works hard each day to snap the perfect image around town. In fact, Pan is on the Mall many mornings before dawn and long after sunset. “There’s so much more to the Mall than the Lincoln Memorial and the Reflecting Pool. There are angles, lines and shapes that have yet to be explored,” she says. When it’s mentioned that the Mall seems like the East Coast’s version of Big Sky Country, Pan laughs and agrees. “There are no tall buildings, so I can capture the spaces during sunrise and sunset, and incorporate natural elements with the historic—and show the monuments in a completely different way.”