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.
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