Artillery Group

South side of the the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial in Washington D.C.  A caisson carrying three artillerymen and pulled by three horses. Astride the horse on the left is the flag carrier who is signaling a sharp right wheel. Despite the impending course change the horse on the right is able to continue lunging forward due to a broken strap on the right bridle bit.

This is one of my favorite captures from my week in D.C.  The lighting was near perfect and I was surprised by the minimal amount of post-processing (i.e. – color, exposure, tonal adjustments, etc.) I had to do for the HDR work.  It really brings out the detail and hard work that was so obviously put into this piece.  I’ve never been one to have much emotion pulled out of me by looking at statues, but this one (as well as a few others in D.C.) was different…this one gave me chills…

  • Camera: Nikon D90
  • Lens: Nikon 18-55mm
  • Focal Length: 30mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Bracketing: 3 exposures with EVs ranging from -2 to +2 at 2 stop intervals
  • White Balance: Auto
  • Shutter: 1/1600s
  • Aperture: f/5
  • Tripod: Sunpak 6200DX

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