Quick Shot: Tower of London Remembers

2014 marks the centennial of the outbreak of World War I, which is a very important anniversary in Europe. One of the many events being held to commemorate this centennial is at the Tower of London, where hundreds of thousands of red poppy flowers are being "planted" in the moat in honor of those who perished during the first world war.

The Tower of London played an important role for the British soldiers during WWI; it served as a recruiting and training site for the thousands of new soldiers conscripted into service. The red poppy flower is a symbol used to honor service members in the UK, much like the yellow ribbon in the US. To celebrate the centennial, almost 900,000 hand painted ceramic poppies will be placed in the moat surrounding the Tower of London. The project, which started earlier this summer, will run through mid-November when the UK celebrates their version of Veterans Day.

I had seen photographs of this display and it was one of the sites I was most intent to photograph in London. Although I usually find black and white images with one color gimmicky, I knew that I wanted this image to be that way to really draw your attention to the abundance of red poppies flowing from the tower. This image was actually a panorama of several images stitched together to create this wide angle perspective on the Tower of London. I actually took this photograph during a rain storm, which gave the clouds a nice dramatic touch.

Be sure to visit the Tower of London Remembers Website If you are interested in learning more about the exhibit or want to purchase a red poppy to be planted in the moat.

Quick Shot: Remembering our Vets

I had a chance to photograph the National World War I Memorial in Kansas City earlier this summer. While the memorial itself was powerful (particularly the museum built into the base of the monument), it was the ground in front of the memorial that moved me most. Following the sidewalk up to the memorial were several courtyards containing marble plaques honoring those who served in World War I. Seeing the names of these brave men put a human touch on a war that seems so distant now. I took (and have posted) many photos from this courtyard; unlike my previous images, this focuses on a handful of servicemen whose names are forever remembered.

Scenic Traverse Photography would like to thank all of our veterans for their service and dedication to keep America safe. Thanks vets!

 

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Quick Shot: Reflection of War

I recently visited the National World War I Memorial in Kansas City. During this visit, I found myself drawn to a glass rooftop at the base of the memorial (it was the roof for the museum below the memorial). The shiny glass reflected the memorial beautifully, so I took two photographs to capture that reflection.

The first shot was taken during the day and highlights the reflection of the inscription at the base of the tower. The second photo was taken at dusk, when the lights on the tower illuminated the scene. I couldn't decide which I liked better, so I thought I'd post them both and let you pick! 

Which of these two shots do you like more? Leave me a comment and let me know! 

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Quick Shot: Stones

At the base of the National World War I Memorial in Kansas City lies a series of commemorative stones naming those who died either during, or following service to our country. One of the stones featured the name of Clay Arthur and featured an engraving of a Purple Heart. The size of the placard and the Purple Heart immediately caught my eye in the middle of this sea of commemorative stones.  

I wanted to photograph this stone, but I wanted to give the viewer the feeling of how many stones surrounded this one. If I zoomed in too tight, the viewer wouldn't understand that this was one stone in a sea of markers. At the same time, if I made all of the stones in focus, you wouldn't be drawn to the same one I was. I crouched really low to the ground and used a shallow depth of field to focus your attention to Clay Arthur's stone while still giving the viewer a sense of how many stones were out there. 

The photo in color was almost black and white, so I decided to convert the photograph completely to black and white to add drama and contrast. I'm pleased with the final result and think it tells the story of Lt. Clay Arthur very well! 

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Quick Shot: WWI Memorial

Last weekend I had a chance to explore the World War I Memorial in Kansas City. The memorial was built in the 1920s to commemorate those Americans who served and features a large monument and a wonderful museum.  

The weather for this trip was perfect - although a little hot, there was a nice breeze and some light clouds in the sky. I knew the weather would be perfect for Black and White photography and used my polarizer filter to ensure I gave the sky as much contrast as possible.

I'll be posting a variety of Quick Shots from the World War I Memorial in the news few days. Today's shot is an overview of the memorial from the top (directly over the museum), but stay tuned to see a bunch of other cool shots soon! 

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