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Old Mar 9, 2007, 9:00 PM   #1
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I took these last May while visiting Washington DC. My wife was busy in meetings for most of the week and I was left alone with my new digital camera to explore the city. You will notice how the monuments stones are different colors. According to the tour guide on the elevator ride up to the top, this is because the government ran out of money at one point during construction. When additional funding was secured, a different quary was used for the rest of the stones.



And here is a shot of some of the stones at ground level





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Old Mar 10, 2007, 8:36 PM   #2
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Good composition in both shots. In the first shot, the monument is dark. This is probably because the brightness of the sun caused the meter to close down the lens. You could spot meter on the monument. That would help bring out the detail on the stones but would probably blow out the sky and sun. I think this is a case where some playing with levels or histogram adjustments might work to bring out the monmument detail without blowing out the sky.

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Old Mar 10, 2007, 9:21 PM   #3
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Thanks Cal. I tried working with the histogram some. You're right about it blowing out the sky and sun. The monument is brighter. But I lost much of the nice blue color from the sky that day. Here's what I ended up with.




Is that better?



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That is a definite improvement. I was just thinking, considering the position of the sun, I think I would have shot i from the other side. I can't tell from this shot where you are in relation to the Reflecting Pool. If the pool is on the back side as seen in this picture, perhaps you could have gone to one side of the pool.

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Trying to remember where I was.... I took this photo last May... I was walking along the north side of the monument, heading for the Air and Space Museum.

That would mean the reflective pool would have been to my right as seen from the photo, over 90*s to the right. This was about 10:30AM.

There were some German tourists walking/talking in front of me. They looked up and pointed. So naturally I looked up too. But I decided to stop and take the photo. I liked that the sun was captured right at the tip of the monuement.

It was one of 250+ pictures I took that day. Thank goodness for digital cameras and 1GB SD cards!

Thanks for the suggestions Cal, I truly appreciate them!

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Yes, the sun located at the pinnacle of the monument makes an impressive shot. Maybe the way you shot it is the best way.

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Very nice. I like it from that side with the sun. Makes it more interesting.
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