Thanks to the post of a fellow blogger, I was reminded that yesterday was the 100th anniversary of what seemed a minor event but was the spark that led to the outbreak of the Great War, now known as World War I. My grandfather, whom I never met, served in WW I. So I decided yesterday was an appropriate occasion to do something I had been postponing for too long: to photograph the DC War Memorial which was erected to honor the 499 citizens of Washington, DC who lost their lives in the war.
Sunset, June 28, 2014
I want to acknowledge the post by the DC Bike Blogger (see it here), a highly informative source about the District of Columbia. I thought I knew my way around this city until I bumped into his blog several months ago.
The DC War Memorial is not well known, but is conveniently located on the National Mall along Independence Avenue directly across from the Martin Luther King Memorial. It is especially attractive at twilight. A simple lighting system illuminates the interior and seems to be timed to come on about 15 minutes before sunset.
The photograph is a single shot, using a Nikon D800E on a tripod with a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens at 26mm. The exposure was 1.6 sec. @ f/16 EV = -1.0, ISO 400. Adjustments were made in Adobe Camera RAW to reduce the highlights (-53), open up the shadows (+56), and add some clarity (+20) plus a little vibrance (+12). A minor curves adjustment was made in Photoshop CC to lighten the exterior of the dome just a bit.