This photo was taken by my wife Jessie Nuez. She was down in Washington this past summer in a conference. And while touring the National Mall she snap this great capture of the Lincoln Memorial.
So — no — there are not two photographers in the Nuez household. Although that would actually be rather cool
But Jessie simply took my DSLR to Washington because she was invited to the White House. And while she took some wonderful pictures. It was this capture of the Lincoln Memorial that caught my attention. Now I have seen hundreds of photos of the Memorial.
And some have been rather fascinating. Yet others have been rather ordinary. And what make that determination — perspective. And in my opinion perspective is an ingredient that can make your photo really pop.
But perspective is nothing more than taking a photo from a different angle. And that slight change in composition can create a brand new conversation. And that is what Jessie did here.
She took the photo from an angle. And was able to capture how beautiful the Monument is. From this perspective the Lincoln Memorial feels like American royalty. Standing tall. Almost ominous. But still warm enough to welcome her visitors.
So this original photo was color. I made it black and white in Adobe Lightroom.
Why — the sky was grey.
And a grey sky or even a blue sky does not make for a good background. They are rather boring. And it make the photo boring. So I decided to give the photo a classic look. And there is no better way of accomplishing this look than making it black and white.
Technical Mumbo Jumbo
- Camera: NIKON D5000
- Focal Length: 26mm
- Shutter Speed: 1/350
- Aperture: f/9.5
- ISO/Film: 200
- Lens: Nikkor 18 – 55mm
- Software: Lightroom 4.1 and Photomatix 4.2
When you are taking photos do you concern yourself with perspective?