Arlington National Cemetery Amphitheater

Amphitheater at the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA

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As I mentioned in my last post, I recently moved to northern Virginia. One of the great things about moving to a new place that helps offset all the annoyances and inconveniences associated with moving is all the new sights. While I live a short 30 minute car ride from Washington DC, the capitol of governmental gridlock in the United States, I can go in just about any direction and find something interesting to shoot.

The Story

In the evenings after a long day, I spend time clearing my head by researching places to sightsee and photograph in the surrounding areas. One night, I came across some photos of Arlington National Cemetery and the Memorial Amphitheater there. The amphitheater is located directly behind the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers at Arlington. It’s a beautiful structure made of marble. I envisioned a black and white image with a lot of texture and detail. I went in the later afternoon one day. There weren’t many people and the amphitheater was easily photographed from a variety of positions. While there, I spent some time observing the Marines that continually guard the Tomb of the Unknowns. It’s a pretty dramatic thing to watch, especially the changing of the guards.

Equipment and Processing

This image was made using the Fuji X-E2 and the XF18-55mm lens. Imported and fine tuned in Lightroom. Additional fine tuning in Color Efex Pro and then converted to black and white using Silver Efex Pro 2.


© 2014, The F/Stop Guy: Arlington National Cemetery Amphitheater

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  1. Pete Halewood January 2, 2014 at 5:00 PM #

    Wonderful image to start the new year Ken! A superb location to take a great photo!

  2. Len Saltiel January 6, 2014 at 7:46 AM #

    I haven’t been there in years and you have brought back some fond memories of DC Ken. Love the lines and tones.
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  3. Jimi Jones January 6, 2014 at 9:19 AM #

    Wonderful shot to start the year, Ken. I like the way you processed this wonderful amphitheater.

    I recognize this vantage point as I took a shot from this very location just behind section marker “1”. This is just off of a rounded staircase as I recall. The ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown is truly something to witness. Glad you got a chance to check it out.

    You will really enjoy the northern VA area, there is so much to shoot and I find myself in that area fairly frequently.

    Good stuff, Happy New Year, man.
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  4. Edith Levy January 6, 2014 at 11:08 AM #

    Beautiful image Ken. I love the tones and the composition.
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  5. LensScaper January 13, 2014 at 12:04 PM #

    Very well chosen viewpoint, Ken. A well contained composition and the B&W treatment suits it very well.

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