Thursday, April 8, 2010

Week 49, April 7, 2010, Bennington Battle Monument

We decided to take the scenic route home from Maine.  As we traveled along Route 9 through Vermont we saw an obelisk near Bennington Vermont.  The obelisk is part of the Bennigton Battle Monument that commemorates the Revolutionary War's Battle of Bennington that happened on August 17, 1777.

In this photo a statue of Brigadier General John Stark in front of the 306ft (93m) obelisk.  The plaque has a quote stating, "There they are boys! We beat them today or Molly Stark sleeps a widow tonight!"

Lessons Learned:
  • I took a series of photos.  It was a bright day, and was difficult balancing the light between the dark statue, the tower, and the bright ski.  I ended up pulling it into Photoshop and adjusting the levels on the tower and the statue.
  • I found having the statue in the foreground to be a much more interesting photograph, than just the obelisk.  I took various angles with the statue to the left of the tower, and the right. I ended up choosing this photo becuase of the interesting cloud patterns in the background.
Photo details: Exposure time 1/250 sec, Aperture f/8.0, ISO 100, Focal Length 17 mm, Lens Canon EF 17-40mm, handheld, circular polarizer filter. 

6 comments:

Andrew said...

Cool shot! I love the perspective, and it's almost like a portrait.

Yolanda said...

Yes, you gave him a nice dramatic presence from that angle! Nice job on the PP - the exposure levels look great on both objects.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

that is where I went to college, a mile or two from that spot, and let's just jokes were made about that phallical item sticking up out there...

Beaneyman said...

Steve, Super shot!

AB said...

Those pesky Brits!

Both Sides of Ben Marlan said...

i like the sky in the back. very dramatic