I arrived at the World War II Memorial in Washington DC about fifteen minutes before sunset. Of course the usual suspects were already setup. Whenever I witness a sunset from a famous viewpoint there’s always a gaggle of photographers vying for position. These guys were looking across the WWII memorial and the reflecting pool towards the Lincoln Memorial. Yes, this view makes a good photo but who wants to take a photo that’s already been shot 10,000 times before? Come on guys, you can do better (and I’m not just talking about your footwear).
This family was sitting at the bottom of the memorial and they were using the sunset light with the Washington Monument in the background to create the All America Selfie. Not bad.
This photo falls into the near miss category. I am guessing these girls are sisters. When I saw them posed like statues with cell phones outstretched I gasped. Here was an award-winning photo-op! The light was perfect and I already had the exact exposure setting dialed into manual mode. I raised my camera to my eye and then their mom walked into the frame. Snap. I still like this photo, but it could have been perfect.
Here is the lone WWII veteran. I watched him and his wife for a while. They were searching for the Ohio pillar. When they found it, the old man carefully climbed atop the bench and patiently waited for the crowd to open so he get a picture of his wife using an iPad.
As for me, I got an interesting shot of the fountain that I’ll post tomorrow or the next day.
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