Can I share an awesome photo my husband took of the Lincoln Memorial? (updated with a few more pics)

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Posted: 1/23/2013 9:08:52 PM
He is a sucker for DC landmark photography. Even thought we live here, it's REALLY hard to get a photo of any of the memorials without people in them. But, it's about 20 degrees in DC tonight, so he had a chance, freezing fingers and all!

PS - the color appears iodine-ish naturally, not as a filter. Apparently, due to the color of the street lights in DC, there is an unnatural amount of brown color added to the skylight- it can be extremely challenging to get a blue hue in the evening. The colors in the photo aren't 100% natural, but are driven by the natural color tones found in the true light around the moment

Anyway, here is the photo...


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Posted: 1/23/2013 9:11:32 PM
That's beautiful. I like the color just the way it is. I grew up in DC, live in MD now. I always take for granted that I live in one the most beautiful cities in earth. It's just home to me. Pictures like this remind me how special it is.


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Posted: 1/23/2013 9:15:40 PM
I really, truly love living here. We are in Arlington, but I work in DC and DH works, well, everywhere It's really pretty amazing to pass by the Pentagon daily and to see the Washington Monument from my window at work. I too take it for granted, but luckily DH is great at capturing images that make me remember where we live and how much history is here.


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Posted: 1/23/2013 9:17:37 PM
Beautiful photo. Thank you for sharing!


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Posted: 1/23/2013 9:22:12 PM
That's gorgeous! I've never seen the monument without people. What an opportunity!


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Posted: 1/23/2013 9:24:19 PM
Wow, it's certainly worth freezing his fingers off for that shot!!


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Posted: 1/23/2013 9:26:36 PM
Gorgeous, Rebel. Tell him it's beautiful.

DH was able to get one of the Lincoln Memorial at sunrise with no one there 2 years ago. It is wonderful.


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Posted: 1/23/2013 9:27:13 PM
That is beautiful! You are very lucky to live where you do. My fifth grade dd has been asking for a couple of years now to go on vacation to DC. We will go one year, as soon as my youngest is a little older.

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Posted: 1/23/2013 9:29:31 PM
Gorgeous! I love the Lincoln Memorial, it's one of my very favorite spots in the world!



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Posted: 1/23/2013 9:30:02 PM
Thanks guys!

It's really quite magical to be around the monuments where there is no one else around. It's rare though, which I guess makes it more special. I suspect he'll be shooting the monuments quite a bit of the next few days, considering we have record low temps and there will be few others around, so if he gets another beauty I will keep sharing.

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Posted: 1/23/2013 9:33:50 PM
Beautiful! TFS!


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Posted: 1/23/2013 9:34:33 PM
LOVE! He did a great job!! When we were stationed in VA at Eustis; we would go up to DC every few months for weekend trips. We loved it there, and never got tired of going!!

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Posted: 1/23/2013 9:40:19 PM
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Posted: 1/23/2013 9:42:03 PM
Love the pink cast to it. Beautiful shot.

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Posted: 1/23/2013 9:51:18 PM
That is beautiful. It's too bad the lights don't have more a blue cast (rather than amber). That would give it the total shiver brrrrr effect!

It's probably been 20 years since I've been in Washington DC. I really hope that he suffers in the cold for our pleasure of the pics!



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Posted: 1/23/2013 9:59:13 PM
WOW! Just WOW!


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Posted: 1/23/2013 10:02:43 PM
Wow - that's amazing!


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Posted: 1/24/2013 2:29:00 AM
Great photo! Would love to see any photo he takes as he bears the cold.

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Posted: 1/24/2013 3:17:51 AM
Wow, that's beautiful!

My DH was in VA in October. He's not normally sentimental about things but he admitted to me he got choked up seeing the memorial in person. He immigrated here when he was 14, but I don't think he ever fully felt the impact of what being "American" means until he stood at the foot of Lincoln.

Thanks for sharing..I really love that photo.

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Posted: 1/24/2013 3:36:51 AM
Nice work there! Good night time photography is challenging! I'm also jealous that you live so close to such great photo ops!

Those darn street lights' color casts are a pain to work with but he might be able to get rid of that color cast by doing a layer mask in photoshop and adding a cooling filter and desaturating the reds in the sky and foreground.

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Posted: 1/24/2013 3:45:53 AM
Very nice!!

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Posted: 1/24/2013 5:02:55 AM
This is just an amazing picture!! I love it!


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Posted: 1/24/2013 5:04:36 AM
Wonderful shot!

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Posted: 1/24/2013 5:22:20 AM
That's a beautiful shot!!

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Posted: 1/24/2013 5:38:35 AM

Really nice!

My Navy son has just been moved to Little Creek, VA and he's already planning to spend some leave time exploring DC. Maybe he'll even let mama join him for a trip. I haven't been there now in quite a while.

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Posted: 1/24/2013 5:53:57 AM
Very nice. I'll show it to dd, since she's the photographer in this family.

I'm not sure I've ever seen the monuments with no people. And I'm not willing to go down there in this weather. lol.


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Posted: 1/24/2013 6:02:19 AM
Great photo! I hope you will share more of your DH DC area memorial and monument photos.
Does he have a photo of a snow-dusted Korean Memorial (or of a foggy Korean Memorial)? Any wintery photos of Arlington Cemetery?
Thanks you so much for sharing. Have a good and blessed day.


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Posted: 1/24/2013 6:02:47 AM
When we went to DC several years ago we got into the city just as dawn was breaking...we strolled the mall area and were the only people at the WWII memorial and Lincoln Memorial. An occasional jogger went by; one even stopped to welcome us and tell us what not to miss!

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Posted: 1/24/2013 7:29:05 AM
That is gorgeous! TFS

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Posted: 1/24/2013 7:32:17 AM
Great picture! I didn't even think about how hard it is to get with no one around. We really want to go sightsee in DC. I'm from MD but live in Pgh, PA now because of my husband's job. We go to visit my parents and they are close to DC, but my parents never want to go sightsee. We do go to Arlington every years and my kids love to watch the changing of the guards.

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Posted: 1/24/2013 7:48:17 AM
Awesome, awesome photo...that monument is, like another Pea said, one of my favorite places on earth.

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Posted: 1/24/2013 8:06:20 AM
So here are a few more from last year - one in the evening with cherry blossoms (spring) and the other in the dead of winter at sunrise, instead of dusk.

We are really bad with updating the blog, but there are tons more photos there of the monuments if you click on the "Washington, DC" tab.


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Posted: 1/24/2013 8:09:22 AM
Very nice!


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Posted: 1/24/2013 8:26:06 AM
Wow. I love all 3 pictures. Stunning and one of the few places you can go to in the US and be surrounded by so much of our history.

When my in-laws lived in Virginia, we always went into DC during our visits. I am so grateful now for those experiences as they really gave me a greater appreciation of our country.

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Posted: 1/24/2013 8:30:47 AM
all great pictures, but I love the one of the Jefferson, my favorite memorial in DC


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Posted: 1/24/2013 8:33:02 AM
That is an awesome photo! And the other ones are as well.

I'm going to share with my children. It's been a crusade of sorts for me that they don't take living in such close proximity to our nations capital for granted.


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Posted: 1/24/2013 8:37:47 AM
Oh wow! How amazing!!

I'm curious, when he does these shots does he do a lot of Photoshop actions on them?


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Posted: 1/24/2013 8:39:10 AM

I'm curious, when he does these shots does he do a lot of Photoshop actions on them?

He rarely uses actions, but he does edit them to fix the white balance and tone and to bring out the colors he wants emphasized. I'll see if I can dig up a before and after.


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Posted: 1/24/2013 8:39:40 AM
Beautiful shots! TFS!

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Posted: 1/24/2013 8:41:09 AM
DC uses mostly sodium vapor lights. Just as salt burns orange in a bunsen burner, they give off an orangish/pinkish color of light. I'd bet that's where the sepia tones of the pic come from.

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Posted: 1/24/2013 8:57:07 AM
Beautiful pictures! I especially like the one of the Jefferson Memorial with the cherry blossoms. And a great pic of the Lincoln Memorial without people.

On our few trips to DC I found the Lincoln Memorial was probably the hardest to get pictures without people. If you use a tripod with pictures taken at intervals you can stack them on Photoshop to remove the people - pretty handy!

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Posted: 1/24/2013 8:59:42 AM
Love the 2 new ones you posted. I don't know why he'd want to change the reddish cast in the first one. I think it's great and unique.

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Posted: 1/24/2013 9:25:15 AM
Lovely.... and I agree, it is SO hard with all the people!! I prefer my travel shots to be the location, not the people...(unless they are ABOUT people)...

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