Flags at Washington Monument


In honor of President’s Day, I thought I would share this photo from a trip to Washington, D.C, in February 2009. Before the trip, I rented a fish-eye lens from Pictureline in Salt Lake City so I could play with it during my trip to determine if it’s worth adding to my lens repertoire. That lens explains the outer-edge curves of this photo.

Circle of Flags

It was a very blustery night at the Washington Monument. At one point, I actually dropped a lens cap and the wind kept it rolling across the floor, with me chasing after it, for a good 30 yards. I felt like an idiot chasing after it, but retrieved it and continued shooting.

Thinking back on it, I wonder how a depth of field change would have enhanced the photo. Maybe keep the first flag in focus, and the others ones more blurred the further away they got. I guess this just means I need to take another trip there to shoot a lot more photos.

And, I decided that I wasn’t quite ready to own a fish-eye lens – mainly because of the price and the amount of use I would get out of it. I’m thinking a macro lens may be next on my list.

~signed, Carltonaut

4 thoughts on “Flags at Washington Monument

  1. I think the fish-eye lens did rather well to accentuate the curvature of the curved walkway. If that was the main focus of attention (circles or semi-circles), then don’t worry so much about focusing the camera on the first flag. But then again, an image is so subjective. I like it just the way you captured it! Great job!

    • Thanks. I appreciate your comment about the photo. I do like the effect the fish eye lens gave to the photo. I guess I just like to second guess other things I could have done with the shot, had I thought about them when I was there. I am sure many of us find ourselves thinking the same thing.

  2. Love this shot! We rented a fish-eye lens from Pictureline last year when we put our house on the market. Amber took some amazing interior shots with it. I’d love to add it to our collection.

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