WASHINGTON MONUMENT AND LINCOLN MEMORIAL                                                                      
There's just something about
the sheer height of the
Washington Memorial that
causes one to want to stand
at the base and wonder "How
far back do I have to crane
my neck to be able to see
the top."  And, invariably,
people always want to touch
the base of the monument.  
Don't know why exactly,
because they never touch,
say, Lincoln, or Jefferson, or
anything like that, but they
always, always, touch the
bottom of the Washington.
I tried to capture the height
and the touching in these
two pictures.
Ah, 8th grade, the perfect
time to take a field trip to DC.
 This group of students was
waiting in line for the first
tour of the day (only 2000
people are allowed to the top
each day, and tickets are on
a first come first serve
basis).  I really liked the
chaperone in his pink I heart
DC sweatshirt.  On the right,
I tried to shoot into the light
to get the two boys in
semi-silhouette.  I got the
effect I wanted, and I like the
Being there so early offered my the very unusual advantage of having the Monument almost completely devoid of
tourist traffic.  These two pictures, I hope, capture that.  And now for Lincoln:

The first two pictures, obviously, are of the outside of the monument.  The one on the left I really like, it's the image of
the memorial in the reflection pool.  It looks kind of memorial a la Monet to me.  The one on the right, I think, really
captured the 'white' that came with the early morning sun.  I also like the contrast with the deep blue of the sky.
The other thing I loved
about the early hour, as I
mentioned above, was the
direct sunlight on the
Lincoln Memorial, and the
direct sunlight on Lincoln.
The two at right are of the
actual statue of Lincoln. I
really like the one on the
left, which really highlights
Lincoln's face.
I like the pillars around the
memorial, so tried to
capture them.  The one on
the left is, appropriately,
the left side of the memorial
and I like the surreal effect
of having the pillars backlit
(I was standing by Lincoln
looking out towards the
Washington Monument.

Overall, I think that the
Lincoln set is my best set
so far of the class.  I like it
the best at any rate.  You
may have noticed I didn't
include any pictures using
flash.  I took some, but,
well, they were not pretty...  
Hmmmm.  So, therefore, it
was all natural light...  We'll
see what happens next
Extra Credit:  Like I said, here's some extra credit of people that I took while taking pictures of the monuments.  I like
them.  I'd be interested to know your thoughts.
Back to Rypics
Week three returns us to the Mall for pictures of the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial.  Trying to photograph the
Lincoln Memorial has been especially frustrating for me, as I really like the memorial a lot (it's my favorite on the Mall), and yet,
I can never photograph it well enough to do it justice.  This week, however, was different, and I really like the way my Lincoln
pictures turned out.  I went down to the Mall on Saturday morning, bright and early, and realized that was my biggest problem.  
Usually I'm on the Mall in the afternoon, when the sun is setting behind the Lincoln Memorial.  Saturday, however, the sun was
behind the Capital, and directly shining on the Lincoln.  It really was beautiful to see.  Particular focuses (foci?) of this week's
assignment were vertical shots (I'm quite proud of myself as about 2/3 are vertical!) lighting (including experimenting with
flash).  I also tried to get pictures of people while I was photographing the architecture.  I have a bit of 'extra credit' at the
bottom of the page.  But first off, Washington: