Last year during Photoshop World in Washington DC, the National Mall area became my go to place each evening for working on my night photography. It was fairly active through midnight with tourists, well patrolled and provided a multitude of locations to shoot.
It’s a phrase that seems to always be going through my head when I’m shooting. Put there several years ago, and frequently reenforced since then by someone that has greatly influenced my journey with photography, Moose Peterson. Anyone with a passion for photography should know Moose. His images inspire, his depth of knowledge about his craft constantly leaves me in awe, and the information that he shares at www.moosepeterson.com will make you a better photographer – all 3,500 + pages of it. And learning doesn’t stop there when you factor in what he shares in his books (24 at last count, I think), videos at Kelby Training, workshops, and personal appearances throughout the US. A Nikon Legend Behind the Lens, nationally acclaimed wildlife and aviation photographer, published in over 140 magazines, Moose is the real deal.
So, walking around the Lincoln Memorial last year, I was struck by all the people literally jockeying for position to photograph the statue of Lincoln front-on for the iconic image, just inside the entrance to the Memorial. Literally waiting in line to get “the” shot. I tried to challenge myself and come up with something that was different, but still conveyed the feeling you get when you walk into the Memorial. I tried a lot of different things that afternoon. Some worked, some didn’t. That’s ok, as I have found just the experience of trying to make the common, uncommon beneficial in the long run to shaping my photography. This is the one I liked the best from that exercise.
Happy Lincoln’s Birthday….