I have literally stepped off the plane and should be sleeping but I wanted to look at the night shots that I managed to capture in Washington DC and here a detail of the Lincoln Memorial. Directly behind the Lincoln statue you can read the words of Royal Cortissoz carved into the wall: "IN THIS TEMPLE AS IN THE HEARTS OF THE PEOPLE FOR WHOM HE SAVED THE UNION THE MEMORY OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN IS ENSHRINED FOREVER."
In front of the sitting Lincoln is the stone where Martin Luther King delivered his speech in 1963, "I have a dream"
Maybe today more relevant than ever.............................
Nice light management with the main elements put in the light (with colors), with background remaing dark but with subtle variations.
As well I like the unbalanced composition with the right side almost empty, this unbalance is giving a kind of dynamism to the view.
This gets never old, it's an amazing powerful Memorial. And also "I have a dream" is as Dr. King was saying this yesterday ... yet it probably remains "utopia" and I guess he knew, but many things have changed too since and to the better. We should never forget this either. We cannot change the whole world :-) and what seems in our eyes "brutal" is not in the eyes of others and they might say (heard this from someone from Afghanistan) "you don't understand how we lived, our system functioned and when you interfered from the West it wasn't anymore" (I heard this just the other day and it made sense in a way). You have created a great mood, Elaine, it's a strong and well handled image.
I have not yet chance to see this iconic statue of the most recognizable past president of the U.S. Other than Washington. Anyway,, this is a wonderful shot, with the spot light and shadow really bring out the statue and give it that HD quality. Amazing how far we come since.
The light is just where it should be to reveal the sitting statue and the dim yellow ray of light on the sentence.
3 seconds without a tripod? Are you sure or you blocked your camera on a stable support.
Everlasting (2015/12/15 11:18:27): I forgot to tick tripod.
This is one powerful image. I like the lighting that you have captured and the one thing in my opinion that catches the eye is the soft, almost no light, on the inscription above Abe's head. The shadows and soft light behind the statue adds immense depth to the scene. The viewer of this image, without knowledge of the building, gets the impression of the size of the structure. This is one top notch image and I am surprised by the lack of comments, just totally surprised. This is a real winner in my book and you consider entering it to a contest when the time arises. Otherwise, print it large and frame it. It is a keeper if I ever saw one.
Did you receive ANY grief from the Park Service or Metro Police when using a tripod? The reason I ask is that there have been horror stories since 9/11 about security guards and the official police agencies in metro DC going way overboard regarding photographers and their tripods.
Your night workshop seems to have paid great dividends.
JohnEverlasting (2015/12/16 18:43:09): Thank you so much for your kind words and compliments. This is all new to me, working with live view, working with a tripod and night photography, but I seem to be on the right track, although I must admit from the 45 shots I took that night there are only 4 or 5 that I would keep. Thank goodness memory is cheap.
Very beautifully done! The somberness and the depths of this place is well captured. The image speaks to me!
I will be for almost an entire week in Washington DC coming May. The Lincoln Memorial will be one of the many things that are on my list and your shot will certainly be an inspiration for me.