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    Posted: 19 February 2018 at 04:44
A sunny (finally!) winter day was the catalyst for a visit to the National Arboretum in Washington D.C. One hour in the garden? Only enough time to explore the Capitol Columns. The pictures were processed using DXO Photolab (it was on sale).

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Thanks for looking.

Edited by Almazar80 - 19 February 2018 at 09:01
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote MichelvA Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 February 2018 at 05:56
The light looks good in these. I also like the fact there are people visible, it adds a scale to these colomns. #1,2 and 9 for me Winston, TFS .
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This is a very familiar subject to me, one I visit every time I am in Washington. Along with the Teddy Roosevelt Monument (and island), they are the two non-iconic but very fascinating and special locations in D.C. Many natives do not know about either. I have never taken them with people present, liking the simplicity and austerity they present so this is a quite different look to me. I especially like #3 with the great splash of interest and color with the bike in the foreground - nicely seen.
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A very fine set, indeed!

That the location also provided for a lot of interaction (thanks to photography!) is a real bonus. However, my favorite in the series is #9 - the (reflected) columns as such are just impressive. Without any people it would even be (slightly) better since there is a sense of abandonment that is pervading this site - at least that's what I feel.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 February 2018 at 12:09
What a strange, almost surreal site. A folly of neo-classical Corinthian columns, not looking quite right without the fluting, set alongside a reflecting pool.
Looking very beautiful in that golden light.
I really like them all, with the standouts for me being ##2 (I love contre-jour), and 9.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote angora Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 February 2018 at 12:57
fantastic!! love the compos of the ones on top (+ sense of width) and the sun stars! but the 'mirror' most certainly adds!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote svjetlana Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 February 2018 at 13:25
Fine set Winston!
I am going to go against popular opinion and state that for me inclusion of people works better, specially in #9 which is fine image with good light. Only improvement here would be if you had a choice to have that warm light illuminating the couple in image.
#10 would be better upside down and with a small pebble thrown in the water to make a small ripple. Maybe try out next time if you have a chance.
Inclusion of birds in #1 creates nice mood.
#2 is also nicely composed. I think that closing more aperture would benefit this image creating more shadows.
The ones that are the least interesting in this set are #6 and #8.
Thank you for sharing Winston!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Almazar80 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 February 2018 at 22:53
Thank you for the comments. I am looking forward to coming back to the Arboretum when the flowers are in bloom. Or maybe in the rain. So many possibilities. It's serene and beautiful there. And a bonsai garden. Just a great place to unwind, to walk, and take pictures.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Roger Rex Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 February 2018 at 23:02
Originally posted by Almazar80 Almazar80 wrote:

   I am looking forward to coming back to the Arboretum when the flowers are in bloom.


But don't count on that pool being so pristine. I have been many times and it has been either empty or filled with brown, unattractive water. Perhaps they now maintain it. In either case you made wonderful use of its reflective qualities (or you have some amazing processing skills ).
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