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Korean War Memorial

Posted on 2006.10.20 at 15:57
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I saw and did many things while I was in D.C. last week, but number one on my schedule was to visit the Korean War Memorial, as it was dedicated while I was serving in Korea (my Korean post is still on hold pending an 8mm camera I can burn tapes to DVD's with for screen shots).

I would say I'm not one to get teary-eyed over memorials, but my reaction several years ago to the Oklahoma City Memorial especially surprised me, since I had no connection whatsoever to the event (I think it was all those empty children's chairs laid out that did it, that and the fact it happened on American soil).

As it turned out, I had no such reaction to the Korean War Memorial, but as soon as we arrived, I knew I had to see it at night, hence my 16-hour day in our Nation's Capitol had begun. Here, you get a sense of the dark imagery the Memorial convey's with its use of lighting. Truly, the best way to experience this is to see the entire thing after sunset - a haunting story unfolds, very different from the stark contrast of the daytime visual.

To me, the most visually stunning aspect of the night shots was the ghostly images which seemed to appear and float above the wall. During the day, very light etches could be seen of servicemen and women. Soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen. But when night fell, the wall was transformed, and made an eerie impression. I assure you, the images here do not even touch the effect.

One part of the wall announced, FREEDOM IS NOT FREE. photogoot took three shots. One, he used the circular polarizer to completely opaque the wall, another keeping my reflection entirely in focus in the wall and the last he used a wider aperature f-stop setting to blur the background while maintaining focus on the wall. I used these three images to create the effect you see here.

Of course none of this could have been possible without the tireless efforts of photogoot and his magic camera bag. Thank you sir, for helping me record this moment. My moment.


photogoot at 2006-10-21 00:57 (UTC) (Link)
I had such an enjoyable day/night walking about the capital together. It’s been years since I did it by foot at night. DC’s monuments at night are spectacular! And they should be experienced at least once in a person’s life this way. I am glad, once again, I could be part of your world travels being done right! Although you really don’t need much help! You are welcome and Thank you again partner.
vember at 2006-10-21 07:23 (UTC) (Link)
Excellent work with the camera, sir. I a humble non-photographer am awed by your skill and the excellent pictures.

Thanks to you both for showing me monuments & details I hadn't seen in DC, and for doing them justice!
ehowton at 2006-10-23 14:43 (UTC) (Link)
I love it when a plan comes together!
ehowton at 2006-10-23 14:42 (UTC) (Link)
I think our time together in D.C. will be one of those indelible memories that I will often look back upon with fondness. We do continue to make good memories together do we not?
ehowton at 2006-10-27 20:13 (UTC) (Link)
You are the wind beneath my wings, dude.
galinda822 at 2006-10-21 12:53 (UTC) (Link)
I'm sure I would have been crying the whole time...I tend to do that when it comes to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms!

Maybe one day I'll get to make that trip. In the meantime, thanks for sharing these fantastic photos!
ehowton at 2006-10-23 14:46 (UTC) (Link)
Though I've been many times, there was nothing like spending time around these monuments after dark, and with good company. And a Cuban cigar.

Glad you enjoyed them.
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oxy_irony at 2006-10-27 19:51 (UTC) (Link)
Wow, that's a bit eerie. It's also quite awesome... and dramatic... *Goes on forever*
ehowton at 2006-10-27 20:14 (UTC) (Link)
It was unforgettable.
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