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...a stone of hope."
Yesterday I went down to the Tidal Basin before work to scout out cherry blossom locations. The blossoms aren't out yet, but this was also the first chance I've had to visit the relatively new Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on one corner of the Tidal Basin. The the early morning light giving nice modeling the figure and textures, and the rare lack of tourists that early, I decided to use the time to explore the memorial photographically.
The basic design is based on the quote excerpted from King's "I Have a Dream Speech". Visitors enter through a slot in the "Mountain of Despair" created by the removal of the "Stone of Hope", which is moved forward and holds the sculpture of King, looking out over the Tidal Basin. It is significant that the setting will usually be surrounded by blooming cherries on this, the day of the anniversary of King's assassination (though not this year).
Though the design lends itself of a variety of angles and dramatic treatment of light and shadow, I decided this fairly subdued and straightforward approach was most suited to the occasion and to show off the intended theme of the memorial. This is a four-frame panorama with three exposures each, blended initially with TuFuse Pro and completed with manual blending.
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