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134/365: Tomb of the Unknown [explored] | by Mark Bonica
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134/365: Tomb of the Unknown [explored]

This was taken at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.

 

A sentry is posted twenty four hours a day as an honor guard for the Tomb (which is the white crypt in the background).

 

This was close to the picture I envisioned capturing.

 

How I did it:

 

Set up a tripod, and fired repeatedly as he walked past.

 

For composition, I liked the shot where he was just to the left of the Tomb, so I made that the base picture. Then I used PSE magnetic lasso and cut and pasted 6 other images of him from the rejected pictures and pasted those onto layers. I reduced the opacity of each layer as it moved away from the base. The two images on either side of the base shot were at about 70% opacity - then 60, 50, etc. I was hoping that would give it a sense of him fading away, but also of timelessness.

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Taken on May 14, 2010