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Helen Betts | all galleries >> Washington, DC: Beyond the Beltway > Air Force Memorial monolith
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Air Force Memorial monolith
29-SEP-2007

Air Force Memorial monolith

Arlington, VA

This is one of three enormous steel monoliths rising 270 above the ground; the shape is meant to convey the Thunderbirds' "bomb-burst maneuver," with only three contrails depicted so as to represent the "missing man formation" used in Air Force funeral flyovers. They are filled two-thirds of the way up with concrete and have 1-ton lead balls in the top sections to prevent vibration.

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William Hartshorn02-Mar-2014 18:41
Truly one of my favorites here... Your lines and shadows can pull me to the Sky!!! VV
Bernard Bosmans27-Dec-2013 01:08
Striking shot Helen, wonderful to see the clouds assisting to make this even more attractive. V.
dirkpiet16-Dec-2013 17:16
Great piece of art here, works beautiful V
Walter O. Koenig04-Aug-2013 16:00
Fascinating image, very well composed. I like the sheen and colors. "V"
Wintermeer13-May-2013 02:34
Wow, this really looks like a ethereal and otherworldly object!
Rick Kobylinski02-Mar-2013 12:23
Stunning image. I am always impressed with your eye for lighting and this image is no exception. Really love the perspective here. Big, big V.
Sam Rua13-Dec-2012 18:26
Fantastic POV.
Pawel Kazmierczyk16-Nov-2012 11:45
superb job you have done here - not an easy subject to photpograph well. Congrats
maggie_falconi29-Oct-2012 22:57
Excellent capture, wonderful light and pov Helen!!!! V
caveman_lee25-Aug-2012 10:45
An excellent capture. Very nice in both perspective and lighting. V
Apostolos Tikopoulos22-Apr-2012 21:02
Great composition and perspective. v.
Michael Tauber17-Apr-2012 19:02
Very well framed.
John Hamers07-Nov-2011 20:24
awesome image, composition is great !! V
GeneWard17-Apr-2010 19:46
an excellent composition
Giancarlo Guzzardi08-Mar-2010 16:09
stunning frame and POV
Gervan30-Oct-2009 00:30
Superb POV.V.
Rick Bricker20-Aug-2009 17:46
Your POV and exposure are just perfect.Capturing something like this is not always easy but you really caught the WOW factor here!Big V
Dallas Hyatt15-Aug-2009 16:53
Excellent perspective!
andy14-Aug-2009 19:55
remarkable surreal image. Nice color too.
Steve Ainsworth14-Apr-2008 19:02
Beautiful image, Helen--simple but powerful. You've captured the soaring, aerodynamic streamlined design of this sculpture, a very fitting tribute to its subject. Great lighting, too. V
Monique Laguë09-Feb-2008 22:26
Superb perspective and texture.
Sandi Whitteker24-Dec-2007 04:47
Cool shot Helen. Super perspective!
Yiannis Pavlis09-Oct-2007 01:13
Fascinating imagery and composition.
Mattias Backström01-Oct-2007 22:22
It looks unreal to me, but I guess it's because you've made it into an even greater piece of art by composing it like this. Wonderful! I envy you!
Zaid Kurdi30-Sep-2007 11:24
fantastic composition,color and detail.........V.
Mark Rutter30-Sep-2007 10:20
Super cool - colour/tone and composition