Letters From Home

This is my take on a really cool memorial in Columbus, Indiana. The Bartholomew County Veterans Memorial is made up of 25 limestone pillars, each 40 feet high. You can walk in among them and read the inscriptions carved into the rock. They are all letters from those serving in wars this century to their loved ones back home. It was mesmerizing reading these. It’s really hard to try to take a photo of another artist’s work. It’s something I really enjoy – architecture and street art. I just hope that whatever I shoot, I do justice to.


The Bartholomew County Veterans Memorial in Columbus, Indiana



Photo Details:

Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM

Settings: 6 Bracketed Exposures @ f/11 – 16mm Focal Length, ISO 100

This is 6 exposures tone-mapped in Photomatix. I then masked in the sky only from the +/- 0 exposure. I did not want any ghosting of the clouds and they were blowing by quite quickly. Details and grit in the pillars were the result of Photomatix and little further sharpening needed to be done. Black and white conversion was done with the help of NIK Silver EfX, my goto workhouse for any black and white work. Noise reduction for the sky with Noiseware and as always back to Lightroom for final cropping and minor adjustments.