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Best Of 2010

(January 1st - December 30th, 2010)

Borut Bencak

Monster Walk

Joel M. Baldwin

Lincon Memorial

National Mall, District of Columbia, USA

Friday, December 10, 2010, 5:38 pm EST

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The Lincoln Memorial is an American memorial built to honor the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. It is located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. and was dedicated on May 30, 1922. The architect was Henry Bacon, the sculptor of the main statue (Abraham Lincoln, 1920) was Daniel Chester French, and the painter of the interior murals was Jules Guerin. It is one of several monuments built to honor an American president. ( 1st paragraph of the Wikipedia article cited below )

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Canon 450D, Peleng 8mm Fisheye, Panosarus Pan Head, cheap monopod
PTGui Pro 8.0.2 x64 using HDR, Photoshop CS4
Behind the scene : how this panorama was made
Difficult shoot.<p.

No tripods are allowed so I had to jack up the ISO, and still had exposures of 1/4, 1/15, and 1 seconds for the HDR frames. I held the monopod as still as I could, but some of the shots, especially the 1 second ones, were a bit blurry.

Even though it was the middle of winter on a freezing day the number of tourists was a problem. Just as the place would start to clear out another tour bus would dump a load and the place would fill up again. I kept the monopod in one spot so as to maintain registration between the shots. I just kept turning around taking my shots hoping that I'd get a combination that would have the minimal number of people in view.<p>

All things considered it turned out ok, could be better, could be worst.<p>

Noise from the high ISO.
Blur from the long exposures and no tripod.
A dark room with deep shadows and bright lights.
Constantly moving crowd of tourists.
Did I mention it was cold?

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