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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Hopefully I’ll be downloading new stuff soon and posting it for your viewing pleasure! I post a daily image with commentary so come back real soon…
I just found this door fascinating! It was at the base of the stairs to the Lincoln Memorial, off to the side. No big fancy lock, no sign saying what’s inside. Maybe it’s Lincoln’s broom closet, who knows. But it was beautiful, brilliant copper, set in this imposing wall… too fun. I took several shots on my tripod (and let me tell you, tripods and Washington, D.C. memorials DO NOT go together, but if you are fast at taking shots and not right in the middle of the crowds, you can get away with it for a bit… although I was told it was a hefty fine if you get caught. Why? There are no signs saying no tripods… oh, but I digress).
I processed this as an HDR image, and then, for fun, double tone processed THAT, so it came out a bit unworldly. I liked how the door looked, but had to work hard in Lightroom and Photoshop, playing with the exposure on the other sections of the photo, to bring it all together. A surprising amount of time was put into the processing of this photo! But I like the final image a lot, especially the door. God that is an amazing shade that copper (+ photoshop and lightroom) can produce with waterstaining!
For anyone tired of my trip photos, I’ll be posting some other images soon…. but I still have LOTS of D.C. and San Antonio photos to finish, so expect a good sprinkling of them in the future!
Posted already on my website, www.kelleybard.com, where you can order prints if you so desire.