Canon 40D, F/11 at 1/80th sec. On Tripod
Location: Washington D.C.
Vietnam Memorial Wall
*Kodak Gallery Award for Illustrative
*LOAN collection for PPA
This image was an early morning sunrise shoot at the beginning of March in 2009. I walked only to find the reflecting pool under construction and without any water. I walked along the empty pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial, but I still went up the steps and took a few images of honest Abe.
I eventually found my way to the Vietnam memorial. At this time, the sun was just rising so the light was getting pretty good. and while I was walking down and looking at the reflected names I came to a corner where I saw the Washington Monument being reflected upon the names.
There was one lady who was behind me, and she was reflected upon the part of the wall I wanted to photograph. She later walked away as I wasn’t going to try and take her out in post.
I set up the tripod at a lower angle and used a higher aperture number to make sure everything was sharp. This way you could read the names off the wall. When I set it up I knew the monument would be right in the center; however, I had all types of lines that was drawing the eye to the monument. I got the shot and moved on.
Along with it going LOAN through PPA, which is a very small amount, (15% of all images that year) I submitted this image as well to the International Fine Art Magazine for Black and White images called simply: “B&W magazine” For the month of June of 2012. They decided on this photograph to be their cover of the magazine. This was an unbelievable moment and still an amazing sight to see on newsstands such as Barnes and Noble and also have friends and family randomly walk by it and photograph it in different states.
Once the photograph was taken, I simply used a NIK Silver Efex plug in to get the best quality B/W tones I could. I burned/darkened the sun a little bit so it wasn't overly bright. From start to finish, very little Photoshop was done to this image. I currently have this framed at the studio.