Arlington Virginia

Woman's War Memorial

Woman's War Memorial

"Honoring Military Women - Past, Present and Future"

That's what the Women in Military Service for America Memorial is all about. Since 1775 women have had a role in military service, often serving as nurses and cooks during those times but have always been willing to take on any role, including combat. 

Rowing to Arlington

Rowing to Arlington

While standing along the banks of the Potomac River in Washington DC, I decided to setup for a shot of the Arlington Virginia skyline just across the river. After a couple of shots

Curbside View

Happy Friday, everyone! It's been a tough week time-wise and I so look forward to catching up on life this weekend. :-)

During a sunrise, we look down Memorial Drive in Arlington Virginia, northward across the Arlington Memorial Bridge into Washington DC. The white building in the background is the Lincoln Memorial.

It was a cold morning when I took this border shot and the location is across the road from this tribute to The Seabees.

Curbside View
Curbside View

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After running this through HDR Efex Pro, the image was pulled into PS for some cleanup and masking. I did not like the way the roadway and sidewalk came out initially so I then processed the zero (0) exposure as a single HDR image, layering it below a background copy. That image was used to bring in the sidewalk and roadway with a better result.

Thanks so much for visiting and I hope you have a great weekend!

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Seabees ~ Can Do

Thanks for your visits and support on the previous post, I really appreciate it. ;-) Today we give a nod to some of our fighting military personnel who, while in harms way, lay it all on the line for freedom.  During World War II the U S Navy created specialized groups known as Construction Battalions (CB), from which the name Seabee derived. These groups are quite similar to the U S Army's Combat Engineers, where I got my start, although I saw no combat.

These brave souls design and build bridges, airstrips, roads and other infrastructure where there is none, in order to advance the cause and move toward successful missions, often under enemy fire. During my most recent trip to Washington DC, I came upon this memorial across the bridge in Arlington Virginia, just outside of Arlington National Cemetery. It was just before 6:00 am and the morning light was soft and the air quite chilly. There is no parking along the roadway but since it was early devoid of anyone, I stopped and ran off a few hand-held brackets.

Seabees Can Do
Seabees Can Do

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After running a bracket (-2 to +2) through HDR Efex Pro and pulling the HDR image into Photoshop for some masking I then activated Topaz Adjust. Once there, a dash of "Dynamic Pop" from the HDR Collection was added. Initially the memorial showed it's true slate gray granite look but I was able to pull some color into the scene during post-processing.

Hats off to the Seabees!

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