Lincoln Memorial at Night

December 08, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Lincoln at NightLincoln at NightA night time view of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. This monument honoring the 16th President was dedicated on May 20, 1922 following years of debate about the location and style of the building. The centerpiece of the memorial is the large statue of Lincoln seated in a chair. The statue is 19 feet from head to toe and if he stood up, this likeness of Lincoln would be over 28 feet tall. It was designed by Daniel Chester French and was carved over a four year period. The entire statue weighs over 160 tons and was shipped to the site in 28 pieces. The building also features murals and copies of his most famous writings, include the Gettysburg Address. The memorial is open throughout the day and night and is a very popular tourist attraction on the National Mall in Washington.

I took advantage of an unusually warm December night to visit the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.  The memorial is the western anchor of the National Mall and offers great views of the Washington Monument and National Capital.  It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Washington and is usually packed with tourists and other visitors.  I wanted to get some photos of the main statue without any people in the way and figured that 2:00 in the morning would be a good time to do that.  There were more people than I expected at that time of the night, but I was able to get a number of shots that I was happy with.

The lack of people allowed me to use my tripod and take some time to set up the photos, change lenses, etc.  I really liked how shooting at night allowed me to remove some of the background of the room and focus on the statue itself.  The building itself is very interesting, but for me the heart of the memorial is the large marble statue of Lincoln.  The night time lighting allowed me to really isolate the statue in interesting ways.

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Lincoln at NightLincoln at NightA night time view of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. This monument honoring the 16th President was dedicated on May 20, 1922 following years of debate about the location and style of the building. The centerpiece of the memorial is the large statue of Lincoln seated in a chair. The statue is 19 feet from head to toe and if he stood up, this likeness of Lincoln would be over 28 feet tall. It was designed by Daniel Chester French and was carved over a four year period. The entire statue weighs over 160 tons and was shipped to the site in 28 pieces. The building also features murals and copies of his most famous writings, include the Gettysburg Address. The memorial is open throughout the day and night and is a very popular tourist attraction on the National Mall in Washington.

 

Lincoln at NightLincoln at NightA night time view of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. This monument honoring the 16th President was dedicated on May 20, 1922 following years of debate about the location and style of the building. The centerpiece of the memorial is the large statue of Lincoln seated in a chair. The statue is 19 feet from head to toe and if he stood up, this likeness of Lincoln would be over 28 feet tall. It was designed by Daniel Chester French and was carved over a four year period. The entire statue weighs over 160 tons and was shipped to the site in 28 pieces. The building also features murals and copies of his most famous writings, include the Gettysburg Address. The memorial is open throughout the day and night and is a very popular tourist attraction on the National Mall in Washington.

If you have a chance, I would definitely recommend forgoing a few hours of sleep to visit the Lincoln Memorial, and other sites on the National Mall, in the middle of the night for a very different experience than you get during the day.

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