The idea was to photograph around the Syracuse University campus with late day golden sunlight. For most of the day it looked like the idea was a sound one until the clouds rolled in. As I walked around and waited for the building accent lights to come on, I visited again with the bronzed statue of President Lincoln I showed you earlier this year and the fascinating story of how the statue came to be placed at SU.
In the photo I shared with you then, it was more a documentary photo with the addition of a couple of students to add scale. This time I took my time and tried different angles. To give the flat gray sky some texture, I used a high dynamic range set of photos to create an HDR image and an angle to focus on the statue’s hands.
In this photo I see a man who knew he was going to be faced with the toughest decisions any President of the United States then and since has ever needed to. I wonder if he knew then it would cost him his life.
I returned later and used the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 ultra wide angle lens for a long exposure photo. I liked the distortion effect of the lens which leaned in the buildings towards the statue and the small aperture creating the star bursts on the lights. The three quarter moon was a bonus.
The hard lighting caused a harsh look to one of the most beloved Presidents. The kind of look needed to make the hard choices of Lincoln’s Presidency.