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.