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Smithsonian Gardens

Welcome back from the long weekend. For those of you who celebrated the Labor Day Holiday here in the US, I hope it was quite enjoyable and relaxing. Today's image comes from Washington DC, the Smithsonian Institution to be exact. This is also known as The Castle and has beautifully manicured grounds. The low vantage point here is from just inside these gates.

The Garden at The Smithsonian
The Garden at The Smithsonian

This was another 3-shot bracket (-2 to +2) which was processed using HDR Efex Pro before being imported into Photoshop for a few final adjustments. I used a 10.5 mm, f /2.8 fisheye lens to capture the width of this scene.

Built in 1847, the castle-like building in the background is the Smithsonian's first building and continues to serve as it's headquarters.

Thanks for visiting!

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

World War II Memorial

Welcome back, I hope you enjoyed the weekend! After traveling in and around the Washington DC area this weekend I returned home with hundreds of images to process. We'll have a look at some of those in the coming days and weeks as I can get to them.

One such image is presented today, the National World War II Memorial. I stopped by there not long after sunrise on Saturday, finding it void of visitors initially. It's a really nice memorial dedicated to those who served in that conflict, with all 50 states being represented. This was my first visit to this particular site and as soon as I walked up to it, I was impressed with the overall design and layout.

World War II Memorial
World War II Memorial

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Thanks so much for stopping by. ;-)

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

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Looking Up

A recent walk in the woods yielded quite a few photos of the last of the Fall colors for this season and I thought I'd share a couple of them in today's post. We are well past peak viewing now and a good portion of the leaves have made their way to the ground to be scattered about by the coming winds of change. Actually, I'm looking forward to some Winter photography, but I digress. As I looked up and noticed how the tree tops have thinned I decided to grab a shot with the fisheye. I had seen these types of shots before but never really considered doing one until being out there, so I looked for an area with mainly vertical timber and few crossing branches that would clutter the shot.

Anyhow... here's the result.

Looking Up
Looking Up

As I continued to walk the trail a Red Maple came into view with it's vibrant colors. While certainly an eye-catcher, there was nothing particularly interesting about the surrounding area so I figured I get under the tree for a better point of view.

Red Maple
Red Maple

Plenty more Fall images to share in future post. Perhaps we'll save them for mid-winter. ;-)

Thanks for visiting!

 

Camera: Nikon D5000

Lens: Nikkor 10.5mm & Nikkor 18-200mm 

Processing: HDR Efex Pro -Photoshop CS5 – Photo Tools 2.6