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Memorials

Posted on 2006.10.15 at 22:45
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Vietnam War Memorial
Our first stop was the Vietnam War Memorial. Though I have no real attachment to that memorial, I wanted see it. It wasn't as sobering as I had expected it to be (I cried like a baby at the Oklahoma City bombing Memorial) I was able to get a German soldier touching the wall. There were many veterans there making rubbings of the names, and many veteran volunteers standing around answering questions. After photogoot left active duty, his reserve unit washed the wall monthly.





Lincoln Memorial
Our next stop was at the Lincoln Memorial which was enroute to the Korean War Memorial. Though I've seen pictures of it a thousand times, it was quite imposing seeing it in person. The picture here is one I took when we came back after dark to shoot the massive statue bathed in light.





Korean War Memorial
The Korean War Memorial was better than I had expected. For many reasons, however, I chose to shoot the majority of it after hours. This required we stayed in DC until after nightfall. I will make a complete post on the Korean War Memorial in a separate entry.





Washington Monument
The Washington Monument was everywhere. At every turn, it was in nearly every shot. It is the center of D.C. and everything surrounds it. Though I wasn't particularly interested in photographing it, I realized my vision with this shot, from the steps off the Lincoln Memorial, behind the WWII Memorial, across the still Reflecting Pool.





World War II Memorial
photogoot had taken a series of photographs of the WWII Memorial back in August, but was ultimately disappointed in them. I suggested he rectify this since we were set up for a night shoot, and make a detour on the way back to our car. Though it cost us an hour or so, the results were very satisfying. This was a fantastic memorial to the men, women, and countries involved in World War II, and though visually breathtaking at night, I found it to be the most formidable of the Memorials, and at night, the most haunting, probably due to its lighting, and sheer scope.





United States Navy Memorial
This was one of the best laid-out, more comprehensive, and well-done memorials I've ever seen. It included the entire history of the US Navy done through a combination of yard arms, flags, blue water fountains, and brass three-dimensional reliefs. It was tasteful and articulate. As we were just passing through, we didn't stop to take any photographs, but if I ever visit again, I'll be sure to. Here's a stock photo:





United States Air Force Memorial
What a fantastic coincidence that the dedication of the Air Force Memorial was the same free weekend I was planning on spending in the metropolitan area taking pictures of memorials! Of course this meant an additional 30,000 people being there for the dedication, so we chose to skip the official part of it, and visit it later that evening when it would be lit in all it's glory. According to the locals, there's been quite a bit of controversy surrounding the memorial, as it is the largest man-made structure in the area, now dwarfing the historical Washington Monument - and it's even on a hill! We showed up about 2200 and unlike every other memorial there, this one was secured by a gate guards controlling a gated environment. We pulled up and I rolled down my window. "May I help you?" The guard asks.
"I'm here to see the memorial." I inform him, as if there were any other reason to be there.
"Memorial's closed. It will open again on Monday."
Not to be outmaneuvered, wee set up in an adjacent parking lot and took a series of photo's. Major kudos to photogoot for being able to pull off an impromtu bulb-job with his tripod and DSLR. These are, I'm quite sure, unmatched in their quality.



As always, some of the images are linked to the original full-resolution picture @ PBase.com/GoodHillPhotography.




Stats:

1 chipotle burrito eaten
2 beers guzzled
6 memorials visited
15 miles walked
16 hours in DC
900 pictures taken
4.2 GB of raw photos

Comments:


Me
photogoot at 2006-10-15 21:11 (UTC) (Link)
I remember a can of jumbo cashew's and bag of M&M's and don’t want to forget guarding each other in a public restroom while a homeless man washed his underwear in the sink. Great day my friend; one that won't soon be matched or forgotten.
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-10-15 21:14 (UTC) (Link)
I was ready to wield that tripod as a weapon!
galinda822 at 2006-10-15 22:43 (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like you had a full and wonderful day together!
The pictures are great...I especially love the night ones.

ehowton
ehowton at 2006-10-16 02:28 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! Yeah, it was a good time. We did a lot of catching up in that 16 hours of walking. There will be plenty of night shots during my Korean War Memorial post. I've saved the best for last!
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-10-16 06:46 (UTC) (Link)
First of all, I have to say "atta boy" on the new avatar. I love that shot. You almost look like a celebrity. Almost.

I had an idea that you were into photog, but I had no clue that it was this serious. Why didn't you make a career out of photog?

What camera(s) and lenses are you using? I have been looking at purchasing the Nikon D70. Any recommends on lenses for it?

I like the Viet Nam photo, but I wonder if it would have had better composition if the solider had been the right margin and you had a tighter shot? Thoughts?

While I'm sure you worked hard to get that shot of Lincoln, I've seen it too many times to appreciate it.

What I like most about the Korean Memorial is the wall. From the angle you took the shot, one almost wonders if all those soldiers are being reflected.

Nice shot of the Washington. You should frame it.

I absolutely adore the WWII shot. Great color.

The Air Force memorial is fucking awesome. I love that shot. You could make some real money on that one.

Where/how did you learn photog? How much would it take to hire your for events? Per annum?

Check your email.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-10-17 21:10 (UTC) (Link)
I sent it to your Yahoo account.
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-10-17 22:08 (UTC) (Link)
Replied.
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-10-17 21:55 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks dude. I was going to let photogoot answer this question for you, as I am but a humble ex-photographer, and Goot is an extreme hobbyist. He was using a 12.8-MP Cannon 5D DSLR with a 24-105mm zoom & a Canon 580EX flash. The night shots were created in 'bulb' mode with a remote trigger on a tripod. All my pictures were shot with his backup, the 5.5MP Cannon PowerShot G5.

As far as the German soldier, my plan was to move to the left so I could shoot straight down the wall - but just as I was kneeling to line up the shot, this German soldier leans over and touches the wall. I took it. He never touched the wall again.

I will dedicate an entire post to the Korean War Memorial, and all of your questions will then be answered.

Kudos go to Goot for the USAF Memorial - it was a headache, and no better images yet exist of it on the internet.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-10-17 21:58 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for your response, sir!
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-10-17 22:01 (UTC) (Link)
I'm eying the Canon Rebel XTi as my next camera.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-10-17 22:02 (UTC) (Link)
what are you thoughts on the Nikon D70?
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-10-17 22:09 (UTC) (Link)
Never heard of it. You should ask Sgt. Hulka.

Me
photogoot at 2006-10-19 03:03 (UTC) (Link)
The debate over which system is better Canon or Nikon will rage on long after we, and our children, and our children’s children are gone. The operative term I use here is system. Remember when you buy any camera, and maybe particularly a DSLR, you are buying into that camera brands system. Consider the Lenses in particular; the lenses are much more important than the body you buy. Good lenses will be with you a lifetime, camera bodies believe it or not; you will want to change much more regularly. Most real people can not afford to reinvest in lenses and other peripherals every time they upgrade their camera body. These things I am saying now have never been as true as they are with digital single lens reflex camera (DSLR) systems today. Image sensor technology progresses at a mind numbing rate and photo-geeks are easily tempted by the promises of better quality and the faster performance their manufactures make. Lens technology however is highly evolved, arguably to its penultimate state. Don’t get me wrong there are crap cheap lens’s out there, but if you are purchasing quality optics any camera body can produce brilliant images in the hands of a creative mind. A set of quality lenses will be with you for decades, the body a few years.

Canon or Nikon, I have used both extensively. I can not tell you which one is right for you. What I can tell you is choose carefully because your decision will forever place you in one camp or the other, unless you have a pile of money to cohabitate in both worlds.

Myself, I am a Canon Man! (with no regrets)
drax0r
drax0r at 2006-10-19 20:29 (UTC) (Link)
Damn dude, these are some pretty fantastic photos. This is one of my favorite entries of yours.

The Washington Monument is particularly awesome. Shots behind the reflecting pool always remind me of MLK's "I have a dream" speech.

Good stuff.
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-10-19 20:44 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you. I am to thrill with my every entry. I'll be putting up a post on just the Korean War Memorial here soon. I little more up close and personal.
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