Chapter 7. Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

The interior of the Lincoln Memorial as the autumn sun rises. Taken at ISO 400, f/10,1/100 second with a 16mm lens.

Why It's Worth a Photograph

The Neoclassical temple of the Lincoln Memorial is a tribute to Abraham Lincoln, sixteenth president of the United States. President Lincoln oversaw the end of the American Civil War and the reuniting of the Confederate and Union states under one flag, as well as the ending of slavery through his Emancipation Proclamation.

Where Can I Get the Best Shot?

There are great vantage points of the Lincoln Memorial from several areas; the locations described here concentrate on areas where the sculpture of Lincoln is viewable within the photograph.

The best locations from which to photograph the Lincoln Memorial: (A) east end of the Lincoln Reflecting Pool, (B) east side of the memorial, and (C) inside the memorial. Nearby photo ops: (1) Arlington Memorial Bridge, (4) Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, (6) Korean War Veterans Memorial, (12) National World War II Memorial, (18) Thomas Jefferson Memorial, (26) Vietnam Veterans National Memorial, and (27) Washington Monument.

Figure 7.1. The best locations from which to photograph the Lincoln Memorial: (A) east end of the Lincoln Reflecting Pool, (B) east side of the memorial, and (C) inside the memorial. Nearby photo ops: (1) Arlington Memorial Bridge, (4) Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, (6) Korean War Veterans Memorial, (12) National World War II Memorial, (18) Thomas Jefferson Memorial, (26) Vietnam Veterans National Memorial, and (27) Washington Monument.

East end of Lincoln Reflecting Pool

Looking out over the Lincoln Reflecting Pool offers a nice view of the memorial during most any time of the day ...

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