The Lincoln Memorial

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Daily Photo – The Lincoln Memorial

DC is certainly one of those no-tripod areas, especially when very close to some of the key installations. And, some of those Federal guards are not the ones who are up for a good argument. I wonder sometimes if they do a little face-recognition on me and get a general sense of my Libertarianism. That surely would not help me win any arguments…

So I had to take this one handheld. It was dark inside and the time was way past sunset. Since the only ambient light was manmade, I had to wedge myself into a corner to keep the camera as still as possible for the exposures. Of course, quick shutter speeds are a must, so I cranked up the ISO a bit to keep things snappy.


  • Very cool shot, Trey. I’ve never been to DC — is that message above Lincoln lit up by lights there, or did you do some editing mastery to highlight it?

  • Thanks for introducing David. I have also read some of his books and can highly recommend him!

  • Wonderful Shot!

  • Gorgeous Trey…you were in my hometown and yes, great place for photos but difficult for tripods! I love the look of the lighting…hmmm, time to pull out the DC album!

  • Jim

    Trey, where was your D3s ?? This would seem to be a perfect situation for the amazing low noise and high ISO features.

  • Thanks all

    David – no – that extra lightup bit was just part of the HDR process naturally

    Jim – Yes the D3S would have been better here, but I did use the D3X

  • Wonderful photo of the Lincoln Memorial!! The lighting is perfect, WTG. Thanks for sharing!!

  • I set up to do a capture of the Lincoln Memorial and a ranger was on me before I could get a tripod down. Were you leaned up against a pillar here or were you at a good time where they weren’t being so careful?

    Beautiful capture!


  • Duh, just read 🙂 Nice job of wedging in 🙂

  • Given the amount of movement in the people in the foreground, I am in awe of your handholding ability! Great result, as usual.

  • Great photo , I don`t see Norway on your travels` you should visit there. Norway is rated first in quality of living, I am sure you could get some outstanding photos there

  • Very nice version of the Lincoln Memorial. Do they even give you a hard-time when using a tripod during those off-peak times when almost nobody is around?

    PS: It seems you have some sensor dust -> two spots in the upper right corner.

  • Joseph Vernuccio

    Just out of curiosity Trey, what did you crank your ISO up to manage to get no noise? Also what lens were you shooting with?

    P.S. Amazing work, one of my favourites.

  • Paul White

    Trey, very nice image. What are your thoughts on using a monopod in a situation like this, or do the tripod police also frown on the monopod.

  • Very nice Trey. Always a pleasure seeing the latest shot. Funny to see this post since last week I was in Vegas trying to take HDR shots and had security on me every where. Vegas not tripod friendly inside the casinos or up on top of stratosphere. So I was working on my steady skills. Finding what ever I could to help me steady the camera.

  • Thanks!

    Jim – Norway is high on my list for sure!

    Meck – no I don’t think you can use a tripod ever… thanks for the dust spotting !!

    Joseph – not sure if I remember – should be in the EXIF on the click through

    Paul – No monopod – mostly because I don’t want to travel with a 2nd “long stick” thing – I would use it SO rarely.

  • casusan

    Wonderful shot Trey! Love the lighting too – super!

  • Trey / Meckimac / Paul — you can’t use a tripod in the memorial, but I found that you *can* use a monopod with the little flip-out tripod legs. All I can figure is that the guards are primarily concerned about the potential for tripping hazard (and since a monopod with flip-out legs has a footprint little larger than a dinner plate…).

    So this approach isn’t as stable as a full-up tripod, but it helps and is actually useable in D.C. Something to bear in mind if you’re headed inside the beltway anytime soon.

  • Another great photo. Yup already bought the ebooks and can say they are a very good read!

  • Ted Jerome

    Wow–this is one of the most evocative photos I’ve ever seen of this wonderful monument. Bravo, Trey! Good hand-holding, too!

  • cross-posting this reply from flickr because i realize that these days flickr is an afterthought for you..

    actually i’ve found DC to be fairly tripod-friendly.. the main reasons they don’t allow them *inside* the Lincoln Memorial are that (a) they’re trying to protect the exquisite marble floor, and (b) during the day the legs of the tripod would be a tripping hazard for the tourists who are too busy staring at the sculpture and walls to look where they’re going.

    on my most recent trip down there i had just setup my tripod, and was approached by a guard who politely informed me of the ‘no tripods up here’ rule. but we came to a happy compromise when i closed up the still-fully-extended legs and propped it up on the toe of my boot like a monopod. the floor was safe and i was able to get a relatively vibration-free shot.

  • Thanks for the note!

    Anthony – I still check Flickr daily – it is just hard for me to interact in a meaningful way because hundreds of photos get comments and I can’t maintain all the threads! But yes – that monopod trick will work OK…. better than nothing I suppose – and thanks for the link!

  • I had a similar experience… I had just gotten my tripod set up and was approached by a guard who told me to take it down because they do not allow tripods :-/

    I asked why they don’t allow tripods, the guard responded “They scratch the marble floor.”.

    Seemed like a rather lame excuse to me.

  • You know, I lived in the DC area for about 8 years and never even tried to make photos. I must have gotten completely caught up in the tourism aspect of it. Now that I live some 1500 miles away, all I want to do is to do just that, but rarely have time when I’m visiting family.

    Nice work, regardless of your camera-holding technique. Has anyone tried a Gorillapod there?

    I’m not usually a fan of HDR, but I often find your images arresting. Thanks for sharing.

  • Fantastic view, great light!

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