FDR Memorial Columns

Welcome friends! Today's post returns us to the U S capitol where we find the FDR Memorial. Located just off the tidal basin, this is a huge tourist attraction.  You can see previous posts here and here.  I shot dozens of images earlier this year on my visit and in this post we have a look at the FDR Memorial Columns.

The significance of these columns is unknown to me and research didn't reveal very much. I recall looking them over closely and found braille, handprints and lots of raised images, some hieroglyphic-like. Perhaps these are for the blind and others with physical challenges, which would certainly be a good and thoughtful thing.

I'll share a little processing info on this one.

This image was processed from a 3-bracket set. There were a number of people milling about while getting this shot but I masked in the one exposure that had the fewest, which I had to wait a good deal of time for. Probably spent more than 10 minutes getting the 3 shots. :-) I used HDR Efex Pro for merging and creating the HDR then pulled the HDR and the original 3 shots into PS. Finishing touches were added with a curves adjustment and a little sharpening.

Enjoy!

FDR Memorial Columns
FDR Memorial Columns
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM

Camera: Nikon D5000 | Lens: Nikkor 18-200mm Processing: HDR Efex Pro Photoshop CS5

4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM