A B See Photo Challenge: T Is For Trip

cameraOn Friday I talked about six of my favorite memories from the Youth Tour. Today, I’d like to show you five photos from that trip. I have a lot of great photos from that trip, but in the end I was able to narrow it down to only five, because that’s the number I usually select for these posts.

Also, I saved the best (in my opinion) for last!


DSCN3949Subject of photo: Amphitheater

Location of subject: Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia

Techniques practiced: Black and white, unusual perspective

For such a sad place, Arlington Cemetery is startlingly beautiful. All the modern-day gravestones form perfect lines together no matter how you view them – left to right, back to front, and diagonally. That makes for some interesting photographs.

However, my favorite picture from our visit to Arlington shows something much, much bigger than a gravestone. Right next to the Tomb of the Unknowns is this HUGE, beautiful amphitheater. We weren’t allowed to go inside because it was Father’s Day and people were setting up for some kind of concert, but I did take some nice photographs of the exterior.

This photo has a lot of negative space, which usually isn’t a good thing, but in this case I’m hoping that the viewer’s eye would be drawn to all the curving lines instead. I know mine was.

DSCN3897Subject of photo: An observation tower

Location of subject: Gettysburg National Military Park, Pennsylvania

Techniques practiced: Black and white, unusual perspective

This tower is probably close to one hundred feet in height and allows you to see a large amount of the battlefield from above. Or so I’m told. I don’t like heights, actually, so I didn’t make it all the way to the top. I know it’s ridiculous and irrational but… I don’t know. I just don’t like them. I have no problem with being inside tall buildings but if I’m out in the open air on top of something very tall I always feel like I’m going to pitch off the edge.

But fear not! I still enjoyed the time spent there! I occupied myself by taking many pictures of the metal legs and support-beam-thingies on the tower. I really like the shadows here, and the geometry – all the little repeating triangles.

DSCN3912Subject of photo: A building

Location of subject: Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia

Techniques practiced: Black and white

Sometimes interesting pictures can come from the most mundane things. This building was located across from our hotel in the Crystal City suburb and once again, I liked the geometry of what I saw. I like to photograph patterns, especially patterns-within-patterns. The squares and rectangles within other, bigger squares and rectangles are a good example of that.

DSCN3996Subject of photo: Vietnam Wall

Location of subject: Washington, D.C.

Techniques practiced: Close-up, unusual perspective

I am really, really happy with this photo. I love how most of the photo is “quiet,”, color-wise, and the only burst of color is the American flag. I love the instant recognition – this picture shows a very small chunk of the Vietnam wall and yet right away we all know what it is.

But my favorite thing about this photo is the story behind it. You see, on my first trip to D.C. my camera was brand-new. I took a photo very similar to this and it was pretty good for someone with my amount of experience (as in, not much).

But because the Vietnam Wall is reflective, I was accidentally part of the picture! This time my concept was similar but I aimed the camera at an angle – I was to the right of the image above. I think it’s neat that I was able to go back to the Wall later and improve upon the original photograph using what I’ve learned over the last few years.

DSCN4010Subject of photo: The Capitol

Location of subject: Washington, D.C.

Techniques practiced: Color

This is a common picture, I suppose. The Capitol building is pretty and everyone wants photos of it. Nevertheless, I’m still really happy with this shot. I love the combination of colors, especially.

Which photo is your favorite and why?

P.S. This isn’t photography-related, but: I’ve been getting very few comments lately. My last two posts received only one comment each. What’s up with that? I don’t bite, people. I’d love to hear what you have to say about what I had to say, so don’t be shy!

About nevillegirl

Elizabeth. University of Iowa class of 2019. Triple majoring in English & Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women's, & Sexuality Studies. Twenty-one-year-old daydreamer, introvert, voracious reader, aspiring writer, and lesbian. Passionate about feminism, mental health, comic books, and cats.
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12 Responses to A B See Photo Challenge: T Is For Trip

  1. Pecans says:

    You are an amaaaaaaaaazing photographer!!! You have a real eye for it! I look forward to these posts all the time! 🙂

  2. MOHE says:

    I like the Vietnam one best.

  3. Cait says:

    That flag on the grave is amazing photography! It’s a reflection of the flag, right? EPIC. I also love that end one. (But you don’t like heights?! I’ve spent all my life climbing high things and not falling off…but Mime is terrified of them too. x) Oops. Now I’ve spilt all her secrets.)

  4. Bane says:

    WOW Engie that Vietnam Wall one is beautiful.

  5. orphu44 says:

    Ooh, these are nice. I think the first one might be my favourite, for its nice curve (and I swear I did try to explain more, but I’m pretty sure my explanation didn’t make sense, so I shortened it).

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