Chapter 24. The United States Marine Corps War Memorial

The United States Marine Corps War Memorial

The United States Marine Corps War Memorial on an early summer morning. Taken at ISO 400, f/4, 1/50 second with a 16mm lens.

Why It's Worth a Photograph

The United States Marine Corps War Memorial, often referred to by the scene it depicts from the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II, honors fallen Marines. Its base is inscribed with the many battles in which Marines have fought.

The bronze statue depicts the Pulitzer-prize winning photograph Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima by the late Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal. The 33-year-old Rosenthal shot the photo using the press camera of the period, a large format Speed Graphic (1/400 second at f/11), on February 23, 1945.

Where Can I Get the Best Shot?

An image of the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial is another one of the most recognizable photographs of sights around the D.C. area.

The best location from which to photograph the United States Marine Corps War Memorial: (A) west of the memorial. Nearby photo ops: (1) Arlington Memorial Bridge and (2) Arlington National Cemetery.

Figure 24.1. The best location from which to photograph the United States Marine Corps War Memorial: (A) west of the memorial. Nearby photo ops: (1) Arlington Memorial Bridge and (2) Arlington National Cemetery.

West of the memorial

The iconic shot of the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial can be taken just west of the memorial. Two locations here work well and are just feet from each other. First, you can ...

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