Lincoln Memorial/Washington Monument, Aug 2009 - 04

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    Note: this photo was published in a Sep 17, 2009 blog titled "Children Are Sold for Sex in America's Capitol ." Shortly thereafter (i.e., on the same day), it was published in a Sep 17, 2009 blog titled "Best Intention Derailed: Using Photos Out of Context Amounts to Abuse," and then republished with the same title in a Swedish blog titled "Aaski Stockholm." It was also published in a Feb 25, 2010 blog titled "North Carolina Family Health Insurance Rates To Rise," and an Apr 9, 2010 blog titled "Il Brasile mette al bando i braccialetti del sesso dopo la morte di due ragazzine." And it was published in an undated (late Oct 2010) "Hospital Billing Fraud" blog titled Understanding Family Health Insurance," as well as an undated (mid-Nov 2010) "Hospital and Medical Billing Fraud" blog titled "Do liberals really believe those bogus health care scare stories and that bogus 47 million figure?" It was also published in an undated (mid-Dec 2010) blog titled "Why Do Health Insurance Rates Go Up?", as well as an undated (late Dec 2010) "Hospital Medical Billing Fraud" blog titled "Why Family Health Insurance Is Important."

    Moving into 2011, the photo was published in a Jan 8, 2013 blog titledpushing4more.wordpress.com/2013/01/08/shit-happens-move-on/ , as well as an undated (mid-Jan 2011) blog titled "New Survey Underscores Crisis in Shortage of Health Care Professionals." And it was published in an undated (early Feb 2011) blog titled Dying to Be Popular: Dangerous New Teen Trends at www-dot-environmentalgraffiti-dot-com/health-and-body/news-dying-be-po pular-new-teen-trends-0 It was also published in an Aug 19, 2011 blog titled You want to see your teen’s medical records, but should you have the right? And it was published in a Sep 6, 2011 blog titled "Her Story." It was also published in an undated (mid-Sep 2011) blog titled "Körpersprache."

    Moving into 2012, the photo was published in a Feb 29, 2012 blog titled "Do parents have the right to see their teen's medical records? ? The ..." And it was published in a Mar 5, 2012 Cool Health Insurance Rates Images blog , with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page. It was also published in a Mar 14,2012 blog titled "How Long Could You Go Without Buying Superfluous Stuff?" And it was published in an Apr 12, 2012 blog titled " Es un grave problema que los niños y los adolescentes maltraten a sue padres," as well as an Apr 18, 2012 blog titled "Resumen de la semana del 11 al 17 de abril en Peques y Más." It was also published in a May 25, 2012 blog titled "Unfortunate Search Strings." And it was published in an undated (late May 2012) blog titled "Teen Substance Abuse – How The Seven Challenges Program Encourages Authentic Change."

    Moving into 2013, the photo was published in a Jan 8, 2013 blog titled "Shit Happens - Move On," as well as an undated (mid-Feb 2013) blog titled "Teen Addiction Prevention." It was also published an undated (mid-Feb 2013) blog titled "Getting A Job After RTW Travel." And it was published in a Mar 24, 2013 blog titled "What’s with all these teen moms being proud of getting knocked up?" It was also published in a Jul 24, 2013 blog titled "Prodigal Child {Being That Mom}." It was also published in a Sep 6, 2013 blog titled Study: LGBT Youth Face Higher Rates of Dating Violence."

    Moving into 2014, the photo was published in a Jan 20, 2014 blog titled "Firebug." And it was published in an Apr 2014 blog titled "Sved giver teenagers selvvaerdsproblemer." It was also published in a Sep 15, 2014 blog titled "Twitter Blocked China."

    Moving into 2015, the photo was published in a Jan 8, 2015 blog titled "Generation Z and the Work World: The Top 5 Things To Expect From Tomorrow's Employees." It was also published in a Jan 13, 2015 blog titled "The Teenage Brain: Uniquely powerful, vulnerable, not fully developed."

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    How do you go about photographing something that's already been photographed a gazillion times, like statues or monuments or the Eiffel Tower? Well, I thought one possibility would be to catch some interesting shades of late-afternoon light -- so I showed up at the Lincoln Memorial, in downtown Washington, an hour before sunset. I'm so oblivious that I thought the statue of Lincoln would be facing west, and would thus catch the golden glow of the sun. But it faces east, which makes perfectly good sense when you realize that it's set up so that Lincoln is gazing along the length of the Reflecting Pool, toward the Washington Monument.

    And since the sun was already behind the backside of the Lincoln Memorial building, the inner room where Lincoln was sitting was already in deep shadow. Frustrated, I decided to create a few 5-shot HDR composites of the reflecting pool and the Washington Monument. And then I photographed the steps leading up to the Lincoln Memorial, with the happy coincidence of a jet airplane flying overhead to show the contrast between old and new. I also photographed a young teenage girl, who appeared to be pouting on a nearby park bench, as if to say she really didn't want to be there at all ... and that was about as much as I could do.

    I came back two days later at the beginning of the day, half an hour before sunrise. It was a good opportunity to get some dawn photos of the reflecting pool and the memorials, and it was also interesting to see the early-morning joggers and tourists. Indeed, I had two interesting little encounters while I was wandering around; I've provided the details in the comments for the relevant photos. I was hoping I might get some good photos of early-morning sunlight streaming into the Lincoln Memorial, but it quickly became evident that it would be another hour or two before the sun was high enough; and since the sky looked a little hazy near the horizon, I wasn't sure there would be any strong rays of sunlight anyway.

    So I decided that I'd had enough -- and by 6:30 AM, I was all done, and it was time to return to my hotel for breakfast before heading off to my "day job." I'm still hoping to get some good sunlight shots of the various buildings, but that will have to wait for some other day...

    bonnie.kirk, TobbyL, R. Wahtera, and 65 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. SJH Foto 109 months ago | reply

      Is that a kid? She forgot her pants

    2. Ed Yourdon 109 months ago | reply

      I'm pretty sure it's a teenage girl; she was sitting there alone, sulking. I suspect that the rest of her family was off looking at the Vietnam Memorial (just behind where she was sitting) or the Lincoln Memorial (just in front of her), and she didn't want to be there at all...

      Oh, by the way: she was wearing pants. Short shorts, actually -- you just can't see them in this photo... :)

    3. TobbyL 109 months ago | reply

      Cool shot.

      Beautiful girl.

    4. Ed Yourdon 109 months ago | reply

      I didn't talk to her, so of course I don't know anything about her. But she struck me as a typical teenage girl -- i.e., someone who can be incredibly beautiful one moment, and incredibly annoying the next...

    5. SJH Foto 109 months ago | reply

      Yeah, at that age, kids can go from pouting to annoyed, to annoying in about 5 seconds

    6. earlyadopter 102 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called SittingPeople, and I'd love to have this added to the group!

    7. writeup1 85 months ago | reply

      Ed, I appreciate how you are willing to share this photo.

      I used your photo in my blog writeupwriting.com/?p=803. I attributed credit to you in my comments section until I can figure out how to do this on the photo.

    8. Ed Yourdon 85 months ago | reply

      Thanks for letting me know...

    9. Rankin Miss 50 months ago | reply

      Great photo. I'm crediting you fully for its use in an undergraduate online course at the University of East London, illustrating the potential impacts of Speech, language and communication issues.

    10. ryz90 48 months ago | reply

      Great picture as usual Ed! Thanks for sharing, I'm using it on my blog here myinternetquest.com/twitter-blocked-china/

    11. bshelley21 44 months ago | reply

      Thanks for making this a creative commons photo. I have included it in the following article I wrote, giving you photo credit of course. You're a great photographer and I enjoy a number of your photos of people going about their daily routines.

      flourishanyway.hubpages.com/hub/Generation-Z-and-the-Work...

    12. Ed Yourdon 44 months ago | reply

      Shelley Baker Shelley - thanks for the kind words. Your article is an interesting one indeed, especially as I now have four "Generation Z" grandchildren, and have been curious to know how they are likely to be influenced as they grow up. I'm going to post a link to your article on my Facebook page, so hopefully you'll get some more attention as the day goes on ... Thanks again, Ed

    13. Dreamy Doll 37 months ago | reply

      Really cool picture. I love her hairstyle, and her attitudinal expression, but she also looks sad...

    14. Confidence Boot Camp 4 Teen Girls 28 months ago | reply

      used in my parents newsletter. credit and link given.

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