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I try to keep the editing of my film files to a minimum but this one needed quite a lot of work because of the strong light and shadows, but I thought it was worth the effort. Those familiar with Washington, DC will recognise the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture, while almost everyone will know the Washington Monument. Getting something a little different is a challenge on the mall in DC since nearly every inch of it has been photographed a million times and more so when I saw this image taking shape as I walked by I decided to try a couple of shots despite the difficult light. I think it still needs more work, particularly on the edges of the monument but it’s getting there.

I like the way hard lines of the two structures both challenge and complement each other. I also liked the play of light through the open metal work of the museum’s facade.

The Mall, Washington DC / Nikon FM2n, Nikkor 50 mm f1.8 AI, Kodak Portra 400


Washington Monument

I’m not generally an early adopter. I prefer to wait until the reviews are in and the price has dropped. Yet when Sony announced the original RX100 I decided to get one as soon as they became available. I’m a fan of small, serious cameras and have been ever since I pickup up a Panasonic LX3 ten years ago. I sold the RX100 a couple of years ago because I was finding the slow lens a little limiting and as I – and my eyes – got older, I found the absence of a viewfinder frustrating. Sony corrected both those failings with the RX100iii and subsequent versions but they were even more expensive that the original RX100. I may yet buy another RX100, with the RX100vA very tempting.

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