Friday, February 18, 2011

Friday's photolife--Aspects of an icon

Wednesday's Answer and winner: Hannah Beth was the first to get The Washington Monument. Congrats.

On to the Photolife:

When I'm taking pictures of iconic subjects like The Washington Monument, I like to capture as many different elements of them as I can.

With this view, everyone probably would have known exactly what the subject was.

This one would have been pretty obvious too.

It's good to get distance shots with other elements like the trees here.

Or up close, showing the variations in color in the surface and things like the security wires or even chips in the stone.

Here's a part that many of you may have never seen before. You have to go inside for it.

Another more obscure aspect. This is of the floor mosaic inside. I love that the stars are brass. These kinds of details are fascinating to me.

Getting up close and personal we can see what an icon is made of. Its mortar and imperfections.

Application to writing? This concept goes so well with characterization. It's important to include as many different aspects of our characters as we can to add dimension and authenticity to them. Show how most people see them. Their strengths and weaknesses. What they're like on the inside and out. What they're made of. 


Carolyn Abiad said...

I went to school in DC, but I never paid any attention to the mortar...hmmm! I have seen the other stuff though.

Great meeting you at WNBA Charlotte the other day! And now I'm off in search of some polish sausage in honor of Elana's good news. :D

lotusgirl said...

I enjoyed meeting you as well. I'll have to send you some of the pictures I took.

Hannah Beth said...

I really liked the one framed by the trees XD

Patti said...

Great comparison to writing and your photos keep making me want to get into photography.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I did the same thing of the Golden Gate bridge when I was in SF. It's amazing how many different views you can get of the bridge. :D

Tess said...

I know I've said it before your photog is so amazing.

I went on a 7th grade field trip to DC w/ my oldest years ago. those monuments were powerful and moving.

lotusgirl said...

Hannah, Thanks. I love doing pictures like that. Something manmade framed by nature.

Patti, Photography is very fun to me. It's great with children too. I like teaching my kids how to take pictures and stand back and let them create.

Stina, I'd love to do that too. It's a very photogenic landmark.

Tess, Thanks. They are. I particularly love the Lincoln Memorial, but on the last few trips to DC we haven't be able to go to it for different reasons.

R.S.J. said...

Another great photolife post!

Tana Adams said...

You have such a great eye. I'm sure your writings just as creative.

Theresa Milstein said...

The mosaic floor is so pretty. This summer, my husband, kids and I visited but we didn't go inside. Now I wish we had!

Love your up close shots.

Her highness, Samantha VĂ©rant said...

I need a new camera...

(Great post!)

lotusgirl said...

RSJ. Thanks.

Tana. I hope so. Sometimes I think it gets there.

Theresa, I'm sorry you missed the inside. It's pretty cool and the best panoramic views in DC are from the top.

Samantha, Heehee. A good camera does help a lot, but I'm amazed at how good the photos coming from point and shoots are these days. Plus there's a lot you can do in photoshop/editing once the picture is on the computer to help make the image better. It makes it easier though if the camera is a good one.

Abby Stevens said...

I love the last picture particularly. I've been inside the Monument and was surprised how beautiful it was (my husband and I got stuck at the top back in 03 and had to walk all the way down to the bottom - the elevator broke.). And btw, nice to meet another anglophile! I visited London for the first time in August and LOVED it.