Eagles, Globes, and Anchors

Eagles, Globes, and Anchors (click to enlarge)

This image is part of the Iwo Jima display at the National Museum of the Marine Corps.  The display is a large panel with a regulation sized Eagle, Globe, and Anchor for each of the 5,931 Marines killed during the battle.  The display is located in a very dark and somber space within the museum.  The light is too low to create a composition encompassing the entire display, so I focused on a single emblem with a very shallow depth of field.  I did not have a tripod (and I don’t know if the museum even allows them) so I had to handhold my camera.  Using f5.3 results in a shutter speed of 1/60, slightly slow for the 105mm focal length.  The vibration reduction feature of my lens helped some what.

Interestingly, the copyright notice in the slower left corner is blurred.   In the Photoshop file the notice is sharp.  For some reason when I save the file as a jpg the notice becomes as blurry as the background.

National Museum of the Marine Corps
Triangle, VA

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