Took this photo on the back of the Lincoln Memorial. Not a part that most people wander back to but I saw a lot of locals back there enjoying the view of the river.
Most people that visit the Lincoln Memorial only go into the main area where the statue of Lincoln is. There is a whole museum in the basement of the building. You can also walk all the way around it if you are inclined. You get different views as you walk around. As the light changes the shadows from the columns changes. It makes for different perspective as you move around.
This is a HDR image. I just made it from one image versus three. When I used three images it just caused more issues than it was worth. Used my workflow then brought it into Photoshop then into Aurora 2017. Tweaked HDR settings until happy then called it done.
This is the second from the DC series I am doing this week. This one is the Lincoln Memorial from the far side of the Reflecting Pool.
I took this image after I had taken the Jefferson Memorial image. There were some stops in between the two images so the sun had shifted. The light was coming in from behind me to the left. That is why the building isn’t fully light but it was all about the light and the warmth. I do confess to cheating with these images and increasing the warmth in them but it was a very warm Presidents Day.
If you look close enough in this image you can see a Ukraine flag in front of the Lincoln Memorial. They were protesting the Russian involvement in the Ukraine. One of the things you get used to if you live in DC is that someone is always protesting something. If you are a local you just hope and pray it doesn’t mess with traffic.
Editing again was straight forward. I went with the narrow aspect ration because it felt much better. Then did a very minor curves adjustment and some local work with dodging and burning. Called it done.
This was shot on the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC,.
I had just finished taking some photos off the backside of the Lincoln Memorial and was walking around to go back down to the front. I saw the shadows off the columns with the Washington Memorial in the distance and just had to take the image.
I got lucky in that no one was walking towards me. I was rushed because I had people coming behind me. In fact, there was another photographer doing an engagement shoot and I knew they were heading my way so it was a rush to get several frames.
When I went to edit I did try this in HDR but it just didn’t work. So I went and just did a normal edit. I didn’t want to crush the blacks. I wanted some of the details to remain in the building itself. I also had to watch it because of the blue in the sky so I had to be careful not to color shift that and turn it weird. So just a simple curves adjustment and then lots of burning and called it done.
Just one from when I went on a bit of a stroll on the National Mall in Washington, DC.
I didn’t really think about it when I went to the National Mall on Presidents Day weekend that it would be crowded. Then again the Lincoln Memorial is always full of people unless it’s really late at night or early morning.
You aren’t allowed to use a tripod inside the monument. I maybe forgot about that sign and setup for a quick shot. I literally had to make space and angle the camera up. I wasn’t dead center and I was just working with the space I had. There just was too many people and too little time. So I quickly fired 3 shots and out I went.
When I went to edit this I knew I was going to have to straighten the image. I went for perceptual on Lincoln himself and ignored the rest. It’s a bit funky but I liked the image. I debated on clone stamping out the visual queues that it wasn’t straight but I left them. It was going to cause more problems than it was worth.
Editing wise this is pretty straight forward. The only thing I did do was add an luminosity mask. I did the image in monochrome and brought it back into Photoshop. Once I had that it was just a matter of lowering the opacity until I was happy.
Playing with editing techniques for long exposure and night shooting I have revisited stuff I never really bothered with before. I happened to stumble across this one I shot in the Lincoln Memorial itself (which I found out was against the rules later since I had a tripod). I had it in color but I figured let me see what it looked like in monotone and the light effect was too dramatic not to do the conversion. The way it lights up the inscription above his head and his face just add that touch with the shadows falling the way they do.
Title says it all. This is the Lincoln Memorial reflecting off the Reflecting Pool. I have no idea what time of day it was but I know I shot it on my 35mm lens. With the sky and the reflection with all the people walking to the memorial it makes for an interesting image.
This was shot while I was on the photowalk with Trey Ratcliff.By this point the group was broken up and I was with my friend. He was shooting one thing and I wandered off to take this shot. I have no real idea what lens I had on the camera. Either a 35mm or a 28mm and I was in bulb mode and did roughly a 30 second exposure. That’s why the people are blurred like they are. The Lincoln Memorial is very busy with tourists and you can see them moving about in the shot.
While I am not sure if the Kennedy Center counts as monument its getting tossed into this. So, my super secret new camera is a Fuji 645 Medium Format. This is the first film camera that I have successfully shot film through and developed it.
I have always wanted to try film and I really love medium format. There is something sexy about the resolution you get out of it. Sadly, the scans are low res jpegs I got from Lomography and I think it will be the last time I use them for development, instead going with a local developer to get the negatives and scan myself at a higher resolution. I’m still excited to see the results. While nothing spectacular and considering I was using older Kodak black and white film I had laying around I am pleased with how they came out. It gives me a reason to continue shooting film and practicing with it as a medium. Enjoy
If I had to pick a shot from the night of shooting on the Mall in Washington DC this would be it. Lincoln is lit up brighter and I focused on the statue and fired away to get the shot. Editing this was a bit of a nightmare because of the sky which showed every ounce of noise in the picture but after some serious time in Photoshop I got it clean without destroying the rest of the detail in the image. I may consider printing this one for framing.