The Air Force Memorial in Arlington, VA has three large stainless steel spires that stretch out into the sky. Normally photographs of this memorial show it from the side, looking like three curved spikes coming out of the ground. I decided to take a slightly different perspective with the memorial.
The location for the Air Force Memorial in Arlington sits right next the edge of Arlington Cemetery. It sits atop a hill overlooking Washington DC. The view you get of DC from the memorial is pretty spectacular, especially at night.
I went over one night to photograph the memorial and the view of DC, but the wind was blowing a little too much. Even with the camera mounted on a tripod, anything close to a 1 second or more exposure and there was slight blur from the camera moving in the wind. So I decided to change my perspective to overcome this problem!
Around the base of the memorial there are glass walls. I backed up against one of the spires and looked up. From that angle I could see the spire behind me going into the sky. You could also see the other two spires soaring into the night sky with the stars behind. I setup my tripod low to the ground so the camera was out of the wind and the result is what you see here.
The Air Force Memorial consists of three stainless steel arcs that stretch upwards toward the stars. They were designed to mimic the contrails of the Air Force Thunderbirds as they perform a precision “bomb burst” maneuver.
Equipment used for this photo:
Canon 5D Mark III
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS Lens
Slik 700DX Tripod
Bogen 3030 3-way pan/tilt head