Mike Washington  

Nautical Twilight by Mike Washington

August 2019 - Nautical Twilight

August 2019 - Mike Washington


About the Image(s)

On July 16 I went to DC to attempt to photograph the Full Moonrise with with the Washington Monument as the foreground. It was the anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch. A full scale Saturn 5 rocked was projected on the east face of the Monument. An unexpected bonus event occurred with a sunset parade of the US Marine Corps band and drill unit on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. I ended up with a passel of photo fodder. Although the moon shoot was scrubbed due to cloud cover, I have a lot to choose from that evenings shoot.

After a few coin tosses I am selecting this shot of the iconic Lincoln Memorial taken at Nautical Twilight from the base of the Washington Monument (while the rocket was projected on the opposite side). The city of Arlington, VA, across the Potomac, is in the background

Details: Nikon D 850, Nikon 28-300mm lens at 170mm, 13 sec at f 9.0, ISO 64 Minor toning and cropped to 16:9 aspect ratio

If interested in seeing a few other shots, you can check my instagram feed @krewemeister.

2 comments posted

Jennifer Marano   Jennifer Marano
Hi Mike, My first response is to be amazed at the depth of field and sharpness of such a long exposure! The people standing by the reflecting pond are totally recognizable as people. I really like the expansiveness of the image with Arlington being so far away, yet so clear. Too bad the moon didn't cooperate, but you certainly found other subjects! I was wondering if your placement of the memorial in the image was deliberate - it is almost centered, but not quite, somewhat distorting the shape of the reflecting pond. But the right side of the pond could be seen as a leading line. I'm trying to learn to be more conscious of things like that, but haven't come to any meaningful conclusions.
  Posted: 08/04/2019 09:21:04

Mike Washington   Mike Washington
Thank you, Jennifer. Actually, the memorial is centered, at least mathematically, on the image frame. Although my camera position was centered with the Wash Monument at my back ,the foreshortening of the reflecting pool did not produce a perfect trapezoid, which, in turn, give the illusion Lincoln is a little left of center (which he was;)
  Posted: 08/18/2019 05:38:27


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