Oliver Morton  

Washing the Vietnam Memorial by Oliver Morton

May 2021 - Washing the Vietnam Memorial

About the Image(s)

I love going down to Washington and photographing the Vietnam Memorial and the people there. This photograph was taken early in the morning about six years ago. When I arrived at the memorial, I was surprised to find that it was being cleaned by this veteran. His posture and expression showed that he took this duty as an honored responsibility. Not wanting to intrude if it would be disruptive, I quietly took several images from a distance.

My post-processing was not complex. I straightened the image, corrected the white balance, adjusted the light and contrast, removed some paper that was in the background, and finally sharpened the image. Sadly, I no longer have the original. However, I wanted to share this photograph with our group members.

Data: Canon 5D Mark III; 100-400mm lens at 334mm; 1/400 sec; f/5.0; ISO 1000.

7 comments posted

Freddie Kelvin   Freddie Kelvin
This is very thought-provoking, carrying such a strong story.I really love the lines within the image, as well as the different textures. .   Posted: 05/02/2021 20:41:48
Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Thank you, Freddie. I also felt it was thought-provoking. Since I'm of the "Vietnam War Era," it had special meaning for me. I debated about talking to the man but chose not to interrupt his vigil.   Posted: 05/06/2021 09:15:50

Mark Laussade   Mark Laussade
This a powerful image because of the veteran and his obvious reverence for the memorial. I converted it to B&W to remove color as a distraction because for me this image is about the relationship of the vet and the wall. Great capture.   Posted: 05/05/2021 21:30:55
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Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Mark, I administer a B&W study group but never thought to convert this image. Thank you! Your logic for removing the color makes perfect sense and the result is wonderful.
  Posted: 05/06/2021 09:17:34

Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
This is an excellent image Pete and is unquestionably more so presented as monochrome. The man's facial expression adds to the solemnity of the scene. I find it interesting that so many of our DD members take a shot of something that is easily bypassed and when brought to our attention is most thought provoking.   Posted: 05/06/2021 12:44:49

Richard Siersma   Richard Siersma
Excellent photo Pete and making it a monochrome really captures the mood. I just was thinking if you had moved enough to the right, just enough to catch the vet's reflection in the memorial if it would have been another interesting image.   Posted: 05/08/2021 11:44:37

Nick Muskovac   Nick Muskovac
Oliver, this is a powerful image. The think that I like most is the reflections in the wall, and I like it with the man in color.   Posted: 05/08/2021 15:44:17


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