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Washington Monument

I shot this one in February when the weather was warm and I was wandering the National Mall.

Used my Sony A7R for this image along with what I consider the greatest landscape/travel lens the 24-240mm. For a lazy person like me that hates swapping out a lens it’s a one size fits all. The best part is you can go from wide to long and not really miss much. If you need to go wider you just back up a bit more. Plus 24mm is a decent focal length and you don’t get a lot of distortion you do with the wider images.

Editing wise this was very straight forward. The biggest correct was white balance. Once I had that I did bring it into Aurora 2017 and bump it up a bit. Then I hit saved and move on.

Enjoy.

Washington Monument

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5 From DC

This is the final of the series. This was taken in the middle of Virginia Avenue. I got a few strange looks from people walking by and cars as I setup my tripod in the middle of a traffic island.

The Washington Monument is one of the tallest structures in Washington DC so it serves as a landmark if you are navigating. You can also see it from most vantage points that have a clear view. So if you are lost just head towards it until you find your way. Not that DC is hard to navigate as it’s laid out in a fairly easy to understand grid. It’s just the one way streets and random street closures that will mess you up.

Editing wise I went low key again. I did bump the warmth up a wee bit just to give it the sunset feel. Other than that it was my customary workflow.

Enjoy.

Washington-Monument-At Sunset

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Travel Photography

Memorial Shadows

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.

Enjoy.

Memorial Shadows

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Sense Of Scale

Shot this on Presidents Day Weekend. I was just wandering the National Mall with my Sony A7R and randomly taking picture. I was heading back to my car to pack up my gear and saw this and took a shot.

This area is called the Constitution Gardens. It’s just a small pond usually loaded with ducks. There are a couple small islands that you can walk out onto. I have never ventured on them because they are usually crowded which isn’t the greatest for doing photography with a tripod. The one thing you do get is a different view of the Washington Monument in the distance which is why I framed it with the willow tree. Least I think it’s a willow tree.

Editing nothing fancy. I haven’t been into the let’s add lots of masks to the image lately. There is a reason but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. So I have been just doing base edits using my normal workflow.

This was all about the camera adjustments, a few gradients and then adding a curves adjustment for tone and contrast. The usual local dodging and burning and called it done.

Enjoy.

Sense of Scale

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The Memory Of Abraham Lincoln

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.

Enjoy.

Lincoln Memorial

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Flare

In theory lens flare is something to be avoided but in this case I kept it. I liked how the light from the Sun flared out against my lens. I think I had a 28mm on the camera but not 100% sure since the EXIF isn’t recorded on manual focus glass.

This was from the photowalk with Trey Ratcliff and we were on the National Mall in Washington, DC. That is why there are so many people are in front of the camera with cameras. While I enjoyed the photowalk and it was good to hear Trey talk and the cool freebies I got. Having that many photographers around was a bit of a problem trying to get a clear shot. In this case it worked but in others it ruined the shot. Still, I had a good time.

Enjoy the flare!

Flare

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Monumental Reflection

I took my new Sony A7R out for a stroll on the National Mall in Washington DC. I was walking and saw the shot below and stopped and snapped a few frames. I forget the name of the pond that this is but the big obelisk is the Washington Monument named after our first President, George Washington. It was under construction over the last few years due to damage from the very rare earthquake that happened here. So all the scaffolding was finally off it.

The funny thing is I am doing a photowalk this weekend with Trey Ratcliff and his walk will stop at this site. It will be later in the day so I might shoot it under different light and be curious to see what he turns up out of the image.  I also hold a ticket to his after party which will be cool to hear him talk.

So enjoy!

monumental-reflection