Sunrise at Arlington Cemetery

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Sentry at the Tomb of the Unknowns

Today is Memorial Day in the United States. This is the one day a year set aside to reflect on the men and women who lost their lives in the service of this country. Arlington Cemetery holds over 300,000 graves of those who answered the call to protect the freedoms enjoyed by all Americans and many other nations as well. The cemetery gates were opened early on Sunday to allow a small number of photographer access to three locations within. I chose the Tomb of the Unknowns. I have visited the tomb many times while volunteering with various Honor Flights. This was the first time I got to visit at sunrise.

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Changing of the guard

Sunrise comes quick on the top of a large hill. I decided to set up and stay put. I think this allowed me a few extra minutes to set up and get my exposure set. I shot with and without flash. I liked the shots with flash on high-speed sync the best. I also removed some distractions in post. I’m pretty satisfied with the results and will find time to work on the technique.

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Inspection of oncoming sentry

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Ready to relieve the sentry

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On post