Stars and Stripes 3


I know to a lot of you, it may seem like all I do is travel and take pictures of cool places. 2011 has definitely been a whirlwind, but I actually spend a lot of time in my studio, editing and planning for future projects. The truth is I have been so busy the past few weeks that I felt like I needed a small break. This past weekend I decided to get away on a little road trip. I started in NYC again where I had tickets reserved for the 9/11 memorial. This time my tickets were timed perfectly for some dusk shots and I came prepared with my Manfrotto tripod bag. As I walked through security, one of the officers asked if it was a rifle! The slow shutter made the cascading water look like stretched cotton and the lights of the buildings surrounding the memorial made for some fantastic shots.

My main plan was to head to Washington DC and photograph Arlington cemetery and the various other monuments there. I have been to DC before, but not since I was very young. I tried to amuse myself during the 4 hour drive by taking slow shutter shots in the Fort McHenry Tunnel.

Arriving in DC was very cool as I drove right past the Pentagon! I had seen it in movies so many times and also in footage from the attacks on September 11th.

My first stop was Arlington Cemetery. It is a sprawling property with rolling hills and old trees. Thousands of soldiers, presidents and other dignitaries are laid to rest here. The opening scene from Saving Private Ryan is one of the main reasons I wanted to come back here to capture it.

The changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is exactly the way I remember it. The Army Honor Guard Tomb Soldiers paced back and forth, guarding the tomb out of respect for the dead. Even the words of the officer in charge were spoken verbatim to the ones I heard more than twenty years ago. I do remember the White House being much larger though. I guess it is just because I was much smaller then!

Outside of the White House were protestors holding signs with various messages. The biggest group was a group from Iran trying to get their organization (MEK) off the terrorist watch list.

From the White House, I walked down Pennsylvania Avenue, past the Treasury and then into the shadow of the Washington monument. Surrounded by 50 flags, representing all 50 states, it was a beautiful thing to photograph. The World War 2 memorial was also very beautiful. I captured some of the amazing detail in the images below.

The Lincoln Memorial was next on my walk of the city. It is a shame that the reflecting pool is under construction. I did not get to use it for any images. It was here that I met a large group of soldiers who were touring the city from one of the nearby Forts. They are new soldiers from all across the USA and had never been to DC before. They were kind enough to let me tag along with them and take their photo. I followed them all the way to the Vietnam Memorial where there are 58,272 names listed on the wall. Approximately 1,200 of these are listed as missing (MIA’s, POW’s, and others).

Leaving DC was almost as amazing as the time in DC itself as the fall colours were the most spectacular as I have ever seen. Leaving through Virginia took me right past Langley, CIA headquarters! Just seeing the sign got me excited to watch the Bourne series again.

Enjoy the images, it was a gorgeous few days to capture them!

Smalltown USA

Smalltown USA

 

The 9/11 Memorial at night

The 9/11 Memorial at night

 

The 9/11 Memorial at night

The 9/11 Memorial at night

 

The 9/11 Memorial at night

The 9/11 Memorial at night

 

Slow shutter in the Fort McHenry Tunnel

Slow shutter in the Fort McHenry Tunnel

 

Arlington Cememtery

Arlington Cememtery

 

John F. Kennedy's Grave

John F. Kennedy’s Grave

 

Arlington Cemetery

Arlington Cemetery

 

Arlington Cemetery

Arlington Cemetery

 

Fall Colours

Fall Colours

 

Arlington Cemetery

Arlington Cemetery

 

The Few, The Proud, The Marines

Society of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

 

The Few, The Proud, The Marines

Society of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

 

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

 

Fall Colours

Fall Colours

 

Medal of Honour

Medal of Honour

 

Medal of Honour

Medal of Honour

 

The White House

The White House

 

Protesters at the gates of the White House

Protesters at the gates of the White House

 

Secret Service

Secret Service

 

D.C.

D.C.

 

The Washington Monument

The Washington Monument

 

The Washington Monument

The Washington Monument

 

The Washington Monument

The Washington Monument

 

Details at the World War 2 Memorial

Details at the World War 2 Memorial

 

The Lincoln Memorial

The Lincoln Memorial

 

Army Strong

Army Strong

 

Army Strong

Army Strong

 

Veterans

Veterans

 

Soldiers at the Vietnam Memorial

Soldiers at the Vietnam Memorial

 

Soldiers at the Vietnam Memorial

Soldiers at the Vietnam Memorial

 

Boots on the Ground

Boots on the Ground

 

Names on the Vietnam Memorial

Names on the Vietnam Memorial

 

Leaving DC through Virginia

Leaving DC through Virginia


About Andrew Pateras

Andrew has lived in the GTA all his life and a good portion of his adult life has been devoted to sales. He studied Business Information Systems Management at Ryerson University. From there, he worked in sales for tier one organizations such as Hewlett Packard, Epson and Intel. Then as North American Sales Manager for GAP Adventures, he gained even more experience in negotiation and client service. Andrew has been a licensed real estate sales person since 2006. In 2007, Andrew also began a new venture in professional photography. Over the next number of years, he travelled on assignment all over the world. This is why he is meticulous when it comes to your marketing images! To say Andrew's travel and photography experience is extensive would definitely be an understatement. He has journeyed to remote and exotic locations in 48 countries on all six continents in search of adventure and authentic cultural experiences. Whether it is diving with great white sharks in South Africa, in a cage with Bengal tigers in northern Thailand or perched atop a land cruiser, photographing rhinos and lions in the Serengeti, he has likely photographed any holiday experience you can imagine. Andrew gets involved in his community. A portion of all of his commissions goes to the Children's Miracle Network and Sick Kids Hospital. He is President on the Board of Directors of Metro Toronto Condominium Corporation 1213. Also, as a member of the RE/MAX Young Professionals, he and the other members dedicate their time to increasing client service techniques and implementing new technology in the Toronto real estate market. Andrew's commitment as your real estate professional is to provide you with the specialized real estate service you deserve. Whether you're buying or selling, contact him with any questions that you may have. His promise to you is that your experience will be both stress-free and enjoyable. His focus is always YOU and the results you can expect from him.


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3 thoughts on “Stars and Stripes

  • John Sichenze

    The guard is US Army Old Guard. It is a very tough unit to get into and they take great pride in their duty to guard the Tomb. There is a bunch more but thatis not the whole reason to comment. You have wonderful captures of a city that is always in photos and the news. I live and grew up in the area and it is always interesting to see others take on the city and the monuments.

  • Linda Sichenze

    Yikes. Awesome pics and narrative, but don’t send it to any of the Army Old Guard Tomb Soldiers.

    Please fix fast. It is a BIG deal here in DC!

    Linda