I really like the memorials on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. I took this image (or set of images, as this is a cropped HDR from 3 exposures) in the late summer. This is part of the Korean War Memorial, which was something I stumbled across on a past trip… literally it is a section I had never visited before, and I was walking in the dusk when I came across these statues- in a line, coming out of the trees, apparently on guard for attack… I love the details, the placement, the idea… I was glad to get to take this photograph, and hopefully it is a worthy image of the statues. The original photos had a large chunk of burned out sky which was very boring and distracting. I tried to add textures but I still didn’t like the image much, it took so much away from these statues. I finally got the idea to crop it, and I like this much more. It loses a bit of the nice sunbeams, but overall I’m happier with it now.
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I’m clearing out Lightroom, as I have a bad tendency in my life to hold onto unnecessary things (including old, badly done images, apparently). Here is one I came across that I always wanted to show but never got around to it. It’s an HDR image of the statue in the Lincoln Memorial, with many added textures to get the feeling of age. Enjoy!
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WWII Memorial Sunset
I took this photo at the World War II Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. It was my first visit to this beautiful memorial and I was enjoying the crowds, the fountains, the sheer size of it all. It really impresses you with how large the war was, how many countries, states and people were involved. It was a solemn time, exploring the memorial, but not sad, as the crowd and the sunset were too exuberant to keep my spirits low. I set up here where I could see the amazing sun rays from behind this cloud, and took 3 shots for the HDR image.
Processing was fairly simple- I took my time in Photomatix, to get the right approach to the photo. I ended up with some blurred people but no ghosting. I also had to mix one of the originals with the HDR shot in Photoshop, to remove the most glaring of the burned out cloud overhead. Otherwise it was fairly easy. I used Noiseware to smooth the clouds in the end, and had a light touch in Lightroom to finish it all. I had been holding onto this photo for a while… feels good to finish it.
Enjoy my work at www.kelleybard.com. I’ve posted this in the Washington, D.C. collection and also in “Places and Landscapes”.
I’ll be back tomorrow with another photo… I hope you will also return, to see more of my work.