Friday, February 8, 2008

Lincoln Lights

The Lincoln Memorial and a plane on approach

The Lincoln Memorial lies right on the flight path for planes approaching Washington National Airport. This is a picture I took the other night. It's a 15-second timed exposure, which is how I was able to capture the plane coming around the memorial. (Click on the image for better detail.)

Happy (Photo) Friday!

P.S. Note to self: The next time you move your photo library off your hard drive and onto an external drive, don't delete the files off your computer until you've also moved all of your modified photos. Otherwise, you'll lose them all. Yeah. True story. Ugh.

Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential


Phoenix Touch said...


Love the pic. I especially appreciate the seemingly cross-like shape caused by the bluer lights. And... OMG! So sorry to hear the transfer of files mishap. I so HATE it when that happens!!!


LG said...

Uh oh, sounds an awful lot like you're speaking from personal experience. That sucks. I've had a few file transfer bloopers of my own with my photos and external HD, and it is miserable.

Jess said...

God I love your photos. I'm so sorry about the modified photos!

Liz said...

the monuments are so pretty at night...

NG said...

Just gorgeous!

Perhaps a data recovery service? Might be worth it.

Anonymous said...

I love your photos! You add a dimension of luminescence I don't normally see.

- Phoebe

J.M. Tewkesbury said...

Abgue: Thank you! I always love seeing my pictures through other people's eyes. I missed the cross shape, but I see what you mean. And yes, I hate file transfer mishaps, too.

LG: Personal experience always sucks, huh? The stupidly ironic thing is, I should know better, having spent seven years working in publishing where our motto was "Save, save, save."

Jess: Thank you! I really have fun taking them. I need to diversify more, because there's so much more to D.C. than its memorials. OTOH, they're just sitting there begging to be photographed in all their infinite possibilities, so I'm polite and oblige!

Liz: I agree! In fact, I like them best at night.

NG: Thanks! My data recovery service is my brother, God bless 'im. I might see if he can retrieve them. If he can't, meh. Lesson learned.

Phoebe: Thank you! Actually, most of my photos are just dumb luck. Seriously.

g_mirage said...

lovely night shot! It resembles the partly the Parthenon...the pillars. bring your hd over here perhaps hubby could help recover them....=D

j.m. tewkesbury said...

Gee: I thought the same thing when I downloaded the photos. That's what I love about D.C. classical structures: their resemblance to ancient architecture, which gives them an air of permanence, elegance, and stability.

Cele said...

What a gorgous photo, you have a marvelous eye. And I especially love that you have to blow it up to see the plane lights, it makes me want to go back and lood at other things. My favorite remains the lotus flower, but this picture rocks.

J.M. Tewkesbury said...

Cele: I really had fun taking this picture. You can see the planes approaching from the north, way up on the Potomac River, so it's pretty easy to set up the shot. The challenge is leaving the shutter open long enough to get an edge-to-edge set of plane lights.

And I'm with you: the lotus flower photo is still my favorite, too!