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Landscape Photography Travel Photography

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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Landscape Photography Travel Photography

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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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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Architectural Photography Landscape Photography Travel Photography

Monument Rising

Might have a couple more shots left for this stuff but this may be the last image from that shoot. I have a backlog of new stuff to go through and with the various bits and bobs I shoot on my meanderings that I engage in.

I have actually shot the Washington Monument before at nearly identical spot. At the time I had no native Sony FE lenses and was using some adapted Minolta glass that I sold. This one was shot on the lovely Sony FE 24-240 lens that I really like as a one size fits all type of lens.

Not much going on editing wise. I played with a few things that I have never really done before but they didn’t make it into the final edit. I did give content aware fill on Photoshop a whirl. Looked great until I blew it up to 100% and realized that the flag poles weren’t even remotely lined up. So that go scraped. So I had to manually get the image straight which I admittedly struggle with. So I hope its close enough.

Full resolution here.

Enjoy.

Monument Rising

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Landscape Photography Travel Photography

Cherry Blossom and the Monument

Not sure how I feel about this image. To be honest I’m tired which isn’t the best time to edit a photo but I liked it enough to attempt it. The weird color difference in the Washington Monument isn’t the camera’s meter doing something funky, the Washington Monument is two different colors. I believe it has to do with the repairs that were required after it was damaged in an earthquake (ironically enough I was in California when that happened).

Nothing much fancy here. I had to use a lot of graduated filters to get the light down because I was shooting just as the sun had come up and cherry blossoms play havoc with sensor. Mix that with all the other light going on and it was a recipe for some weird metering. Plus me being tired hasn’t helped.

Full resolution here.

Enjoy.

Cherry Blossom and the Monument

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Landscape Photography Travel Photography

Patriotic Sunset

This image was shot at the base of the Washington Monument. I was going to do a series but I didn’t feel that the rest of them fit because the light was all over the place and this image was toned towards the warmer side just to increase the visual sensation that a sunset brings. Having light shifting would lose the effect I was going for so another single image it is!

Enjoy!

patriotic-sunset

 

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Landscape Photography Night Photography Travel Photography

All Lit Up Again

This is another from my photowalk. The foreground is the World War II Memorial with the fountains and the background is the Washington Monument. I have no real idea how I shot this but I did. One of the joys of manual focus glass is that you don’t get EXIF data and really it doesn’t matter.  I just liked the lights coming off the memorial and the monument along with the tourists moving about.

Enjoy.

all-lit-up-again

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Landscape Photography Street Photography Travel Photography

Public Faith

So I was sitting on the National Mall in Washington DC waiting for my friend and then we were going to embark on a photowalk led by Trey Ratcliff of Stuck In Customs. Out of the corner of my eye I saw the guy in the image below carrying the cross in the image over his shoulder walking to the Washington Monument that is to the right out of the frame in the image.  Once he got to the spot where I snapped the image he just stopped and stood there with his cross facing the monument.

With something like 100 photographers around he quickly became a “subject of interest”. Most ran to frame him from behind to capture the monument. I kept my seat and put on my 135mm and took a couple shots. I just liked the framing with the flags, the clouds, the grass, and the people in shadow from the Sun. Gives is the image a bit of gravitas.

Shot on my Sony A7R with a Minolta 135 2.8.

Enjoy.

Public Faith

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Landscape Photography Travel Photography

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