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I’ve been waiting for the right time for this shot for a while now, and tonight, the sky was right.

This steel came from the World Trade Center in 2011, and a couple of years later, this monument was unveiled in a ceremony commemorating the tragic events of September 11, 2001. I’m not going to go any deeper than that, but I am glad I waited to get the right shot.

EXIF: ISO 400 20mm f/4.0 1/50

WTC Steel at PWC

Prince William County suffered the loss of 23 residents in the attack on the Pentagon on 9/11. I drive by our 9/11 Memorial several times a week, and today the weather reflected the somber nature of the place, so I stopped by on the way home and took one photograph.

Cropped to 16:9. #onemonthonelens #burbscape #neverforget911

EXIF: ISO 400 @ 17mm f/8.0 1/4 sec.

Prince William County 9/11 Memorial

We had some nice, white puffy cloud cover most of the day, so I anticipated a spectacular sunset. The clouds got gray going into the evening, but I was still hopeful. I checked out an app I have called “Ephermeris,” which tracks the cycles of the sun & moon with angles and times with a slant toward photography. I haven’t really figured it out yet, but I’m starting to.

I rode into D.C. and parked along East Potomac Park, taking a few shots of people along the way, and planted myself where I thought I would be able to get a good sunset behind the Lincoln memorial. The sky was pretty gray, and there wasn’t a lot of color.

So I didn’t get the shot I was looking for, but I am not unhappy with this one. Editing is very minor, other than the 16:9 crop, and a little clarity and dehaze, it’s how it came out of the camera.

I have some other shots that I will share from later, but this makes the shot of the day. Some of the others were taken with something other than the 17-40mm, so they weren’t under consideration. And I won’t cheat and use today’s shot on another day, that would defeat the purpose.

EXIF: ISO 400 @ 25mm f:/9.0, 3/10 sec.

Lincoln Memorial at Twilight