Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Park

On The Rocks

Welcome to the first day of Summer 2011! On my last visit to Washington DC we swung by the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Park on what turned out to be a wonderful day. Not far from where I had taken some previous shots, I found the fountain featured below.

The image was captured at the absolute worst time of day, where there was plenty of harsh daylight and plenty of people. To avoid the many visitors milling about I positioned myself at the edge of the fountain and captured this on an angle. Would have loved to have had a 10-stop polarizing filter with me, but that wasn't the case, so freeze framing I went.

If you ever have an opportunity to visit this nations Capital city, you should definitely do so and share in the rich history of this area, a photographers paradise.

On The Rocks
On The Rocks
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4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM

Have a great day everyone, see you next post!

Depression Bread Line

On my last visit to Washington DC I captured more than 400 photos of all sorts of things. Few of these have been published to date but I have turned my eye toward processing many of them now, and will happily share them with you. I'll begin with a sculpture by the late Pop Artist George Segal. The piece is entitled "Depression Bread Line" and as the name suggests, it looks back in time when things were really tough after the 1929 Stock Market crash that led to the Great Depression, a severe global economic downturn. During those times there were bread lines outside of soup kitchens where people would line up for a meal.

The sculpture is located within the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Park, a really lovely place to visit next to the tidal basin.

As you can imagine, a gazillion photos have been taken of this fine bronze work of art, some with people posing as part of the sculpture itself. In any case, I've attempted to show this from a different point of view.

I hope you enjoy it. :-)

Depression Bread Line
Depression Bread Line

I also included the more commonly seen full view.

Depression Bread Line - Full View
Depression Bread Line - Full View

Both images were processed through Nik Software's HDR Efex Pro. I really like this tool, which I decided to check out thanks to my man Dave Di Cello of HDR Exposed.

I also added a light vibrance layer in CS5 and a Radiant Landscape effect in Photo Tools 2.6 Pro. The first image also received a light vignette courtesy of onOne's Focal Point 2.

Thanks for visiting!

Camera: Nikon D5000Lens: Nikkor 18-200mm Processing: HDR Efex Pro Photoshop CS5 – Photo Tools 2.6

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