You wouldn’t know it to look at this picture, but this fountain stands in the center of the most congested traffic circle in Washington, DC. But if you are a pedestrian, this is a wonderful place to settle on a nearby bench and enjoy a brief respite.
I was on my way to a meeting last Friday and, thanks to a smooth ride on the Metro, had some extra time when I emerged from the station less than a block away. I stopped to take a few shots, and then continued on to my appointment. (Technical: (Nikon D800E with Nikon 20mm f/2.8 fixed lens, handheld. Exposure: 1/1250th sec. @ f/4, ISO 400)
This B&W version has been submitted to this week’s running of the Monochrome Madness series managed by Leanne Cole. This is a great place to find some excellent monochrome images and it will appear on her blog on Tuesday morning, November 4th.
The fountain at Dupont Circle is a memorial to Rear Admiral Samuel Francis Du Pont who became the first naval hero for the Union in the Civil War when his fleet captured Port Royal, South Carolina in a daring attack. There is a lot more to this story as well as Dupont Circle, but that will have to wait for a future post. If you can’t wait, check out page 343 of James M. Goode’s encyclopedic volume, “Washington Sculpture: A Cultural History of Outdoor Sculpture in the Nation’s Capital.”
In the meantime, only a short time remains for you to vote in the After-Before Friday Forum to select the lucky image that will be turned over to eleven photographers each of whom will perform their post-processing magic on it. Votes may be cast at Stacy Fischer’s VisualVenturing blog.