The Washington Monument
June 24, 2010
I probably have to do at list 4 posts for the Washington Monument. Honestly, I don’t know where to start, but here it is. First a short backgrounder.
Built between 1848 and 1884 near the west end of the National Mall to commemorate George Washington, the First President of the United States. Standing 555 feet and 5 1/2 inches tall, it is the world’s tallest stone structure and the tallest obelisk in the Washington D.C. area.
There were two phases in the construction of the monument, the first was in 1848-56 and the second in 1876-84. The cornerstone were laid on July 4, 1848 but because of luck of funding, political turmoil and the outbreak of Civil War of 1861, construction was delayed. Work resume in 1876 and the monument was dedicated on February 21, 1885. It officially opened to the public on October 9, 1888.
If you take a close look at the monument you will notice that color of the bottom part is slightly different from the upper part. This is where the construction has stopped. And when construction finally resume in 1876 a different set of marble were used to complete the rest of the structure.
There are countless ways to photograph the Washington Monument, let’s take for example the first photo above, it was taken on a cloudy late spring afternoon, the sky wasn’t pretty at all, but I was there at that moment and I’ll just make the most out of it, right there and then I know that I can make some good black and white photo.
The second photo was taken same day on the other side of the monument near the 14th St., this is one of my favorite shot, because I was able to capture the Tourmobile seen on the left and the clouds in the background. I use 72mm polarizing filter on my Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8 SP XR Di II VC (Vibration Compensation) Zoom Lens for Canon to darken the blue sky and to enhance color saturation. Giving me a darker more saturated photograph.
You don’t need to worry if you happen to left your camera or your gear in your hotel, there are lots of places to buy a dispoable KODAK camera for the cheap. But I’m sure if you’re main purpose in going to the Washington DC area is to take photos, you won’t let your camera out of your site. The hdr street photo on the right was processed using Picturenaut and Lightroom 2.7.
The closest Metro Station to the Washington Monument is the Smithsonian Station, serviced by the Blue and Orange Line. Please see refer to the map below for more info. Tomorrow I will post some low light photos of the Washington Monument.
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