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Two From DC

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.

Enjoy.

Lincoln Memorial

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Landscape Photography Travel Photography

Reflecting Washington

This is the Reflecting Pool on the National Mall in Washington DC. The Lincoln Memorial was behind me as the two monuments face each other with the pool between them.

Shot this the day before Presidents Day here in America. It was absolute chaos down there because it was a 3-day weekend and the weather was really nice. So I was fighting for space. Everyone was wanting to take pictures or selfies of the reflecting pool. I am polite and let people finish but when I see a spot I jump in and setup for my shot. If you don’t you will stand there all day waiting.

Nothing fancy here. I did go for the 16×9 crop since I was at a wide angle. It helped cut down on some of the sky. Once I had that it was straight up adjustments in Lightroom and then into Photoshop. Once in Photoshop I added a curves adjustment for tone and and contrast. I did have to add an extra gradient in the Camera Raw Filter to get the sky not to shift to some weird blue. So a simple and easy to edit image.

Enjoy.

Reflecting Pool

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HDR Photography Travel Photography

Reflecting Pool

I haven’t done an HDR image for awhile. One of the reasons I bought my Sony A7R was to do more HDR without the loss of quality that I experience with my micro 4/3 gear. So I took a wander down the C&O Canal path one day with my A7R mounted on my tripod after work. There are side paths where raft trips launch out of so I took a detour and wound up at this pool of water that led to the Potomac River.

The obvious thing about this picture is the fisheye effect. I didn’t shoot this on a fisheye lens. Instead I used a Sony 10-18 that was meant for a crop sensor and not a full frame sensor. It’s still very usable and to be honest I like the effect because it forces you to focus on the pool which was what I was shooting at. That is critically sharp and in focus.

Enjoy.

reflecting-pool

 

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Reflecting Pool

Might be the last HDR for a bit as I am getting frustrated with editing. Not unhappy with the edit but not happy either. It feels forced to me so I might go back to normal stuff and then watch some videos on how to better edit these things.

Enjoy.

Reflecting Pool