Lincoln Memorial at sunset
The Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C. / Photo by Joe Newman
During the summer in D.C., it’s impossible to get a sunset shot of the Lincoln Memorial without hundreds of tourists moving around in the photo, which in this case is an HDR merge of five different exposures. As a result, you can see a lot of ghosting in this photo.
There’s really no way to avoid the crowds unless you come late at night or before sunrise.
I shot this photo of the Lincoln Memorial during a photo walk the other day. I love shooting the Lincoln Memorial at night. The white marble is lit up and always looks striking against the open sky. If you’re going to shoot at night, I’d recommend a tripod, though a bean bag would also work because there are plenty of ledges that you can rest the camera on. The base settings for this composite was f/8 at 1 second with an ISO of 200.
You can’t hand hold it at those settings, at least not if you want sharp focus. I always carry a shutter release cable for long exposures and either my tripod or gorillapod. You can shoot with a tripod from the area near the reflecting pool without any problems but tripods are strictly forbidden in the monument or near the steps.
The photo below was taken about an hour earlier. It’s not an HDR but was processed with the “old polar” preset in Lightroom.