Lincoln Memorial

Earlier this year, Annette and I joined the Camera Club on an outing to Washington, DC.  We saw a wonderful exhibit of Yusuf Karsh portraits at the National Portrait Gallery.  If you get a chance to see his work, definitely make the effort!

Afterwards, most of the club headed home, but Annette and I wanted to shoot some after-dark shots on the mall.  We ended up at the Lincoln Memorial just at dusk.

There was one guy who was trying to get shots of the exterior by hand-holding his camera.  It just wasn’t working.  I overheard his discussion with his girlfriend, so I offered my tripod.  He eventually accepted.

Then he was going for the camera’s definition of a well-exposed image.  It looked like daylight.  It wasn’t what he wanted, so I gave him some guidance and he finally got a shot with a deep blue sky.  He was thrilled.

I was happy to help, but after a while I began to wonder when he was going to be done with my tripod!  I finally had to say, “Hey, man.  I’d like to get a few of my own pictures with this light.”  And he finally relinquished the tripod.

I was able to get a couple of images outside.


I chose this image because the  streetlights gave off just enough light to give some detail to the foreground.

Once it was fully dark, we headed inside where the statue of Lincoln sitting on a chair is located.  There was a park ranger, so I asked if I could use a tripod and to my surprise, he said yes!

So here are a couple images of Lincoln from inside the Lincoln Memorial.

The lighting was a little bit tricky.  There were spot/flood lights, which lit up specific areas of the statue and they had to be balanced with the other ambient light.

Some times the spot lights work, such as the ones that lit up the words on the wall behind Lincoln.


In this image and the next image, I was trying to get both the statue and the words on the wall.


In this second image I was trying to get something a little different than the straight on shot.


I don’t think most people even walk around to the side of the statue to see what it looks like from this perspective.

For this image I had to be careful not to include the ceiling lights right behind Lincoln’s head.  If I had done that, it would have been a weaker image because my subject would not have stood out as well.


An image from the other side.

If you ever get to the Lincoln memorial, be sure to read the inscriptions on the wall.  They are so well-written and full of meaning in such small amounts of words.