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I was boating at the Lake Skinner in Temecula and found this Brown Pelican, as I slowed down and tried to get closer I thought I will scare it but it stayed still! and it keeps turning as I turn around LOL, it was a perfect pose for some head shots. It was challenging trying to keep steering the boat in slow speed and at the same time take shots without shaking the camera especially my lens does not have VR but I took some nice shots and they turned out good too specially after cropping them to improve the composition. Finally I converted them to BW to keep the color distractions away.
Below shots are taken during my visit to Boston, Massachusetts for a business trip, I had the chance to visit some of the city’s historic landmarks. The Bunker Hill Monument is one of them, I arrived at the perfect time just before the sunset, no tripod, no DSLR, only my little gem (Olympus OMD with 17mm lens), shooting handheld with multiple exposures. Processed as HDR and post processing in Lightroom. Not so satisfied by the processing as I was lazy to remove the chromatic aberration colors because I had to do it manually, for some reason my lightroom did not recognize the lens profile, so I just ignore it and get them out :P.
below is some history about the Monument – from Wiki:
The Bunker Hill Monument was built to commemorate the Battle of Bunker Hill. The 221 foot (67 m) granite obelisk was erected between 1827 and 1843 in Charleston, Massachusetts, with granite from Quincy, Massachusetts, conveyed to the site via the Granite Railway, built specially for that purpose, followed by a trip by barge. There are 294 steps to the top.
The Bunker Hill Monument is not on Bunker Hill but instead on Breed’s Hill, where most of the fighting in the misnamed Battle of Bunker Hill actually took place. The Monument Association, which had purchased the battlefield site, was forced to sell off all but the hill’s summit in order to complete the monument.
The monument, one of the first in the United States, was erected to commemorate the Battle of Bunker Hill, the first major conflict between British and Patriot forces in the American Revolutionary War, fought there June 17, 1775. The first monument at the site was created in memory of Mason and fallen Bunker Hill hero Dr. Joseph Warren in 1794 by King Solomon’s Lodge of Masons and was initially an 18 foot (5.5 m) wooden pillar topped with a gilt urn. In front of the obelisk is a statue of Col. William Prescott, a native of Groton, another hero of Bunker Hill. During the battle, according to popular stories, he coined the famous Revolutionary War phrase, “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes“. However, it is uncertain as to who said it, since various writers attribute it to Putnam, Stark, Prescott or Gridley. Doubts have also been expressed as to how original it was, and whether it was said at all.