Sunday, January 16, 2011

Archive Photo of the Day: Tidal Basin storm

Tidal Basin storm, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
In April 2008, Kelli and I went to Washington D.C. for a conference I was attending, and spent some time walking around the Mall enjoying the sights. Here, we're near the FDR Memorial, looking across the Tidal Basin at the Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, and an approaching storm. I purposely emphasized the sky in this photo, because I loved the sweep of clouds making our human enterprise look small beneath it. Black and white does a good job of emphasizing the tones and patterns. On a technical note, I used my ACDSee photo software to correct the wide angle lens distortion so that the horizon is flat at the bottom of the photo. Oh -- and half an hour later, we were hunkered down in the Jefferson Memorial while the rain poured down around us amid the flash and crack of lightning.

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