Vietnam Memorial this morning


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So, I had another image planed for todays post, but I finally made out to sunrise this morning and it was AMAZING! So bump that other picture til Monday! Can you blame me?

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Happy Weekend everyone!

Angela from the future: Thank you all so much for your support on this image. It’s amazing the response I’ve gotten from it. I really appreciate all your kind words! Here’s my reaction to the day.

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  • Shannon


  • Beautiful photo, Angela, and one of the reasons I really miss DC: Running around the mall at dawn and seeing the reflection of the rising sun against these iconic structures.

  • Thank you so much Bruce! Maybe I’ll see you out there one day ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Thank you Shannon ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Carolyn

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

  • vince

    That is absolutely stunningโ€ฆ..Awesome Photo!!!

  • Joseph

    That’s the shot I’ve been trying to get for a while! Mind if I ask how you got it (settings)? See for a Vietnam Wall reflection photo from Christmas. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Gorgeous shot. Curious how much post-processing did you have to do to that shot and what program(s) did you use? Keep up the great work.

  • Wow Angela, this is a beautiful image! My only gripe is that it doesn’t open big enough to do it proper justice! Well done.

  • Steve

    Simply Incredible Angela – It is wonderful how you were able to make such an already moving scene just that much more endearing. Thank you! I hope I will be able to treasure to continue looking at this often.

  • Dom

    your photo was featured on our “advice to be garnered” segment today. thanks for providing the inspiration!

  • Saundra Fulgham

    This was one of the most beautiful photographs I have every seen. I counsel combat Veterans–mostly Vietnam Vets…so, I purchased this photo to hang in my office to honor them–the first photograph I ever purchased. Very nice work.

  • Sue

    You probably know this picture is making the facebook rounds. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  • Milt Brown

    Absolutely Beautiful!!! Thank you Angela..


    BREATH TAKING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE IT!

  • Janine

    My sister posted this photo on FB. I don’t know how she found it but I am so glad she did. I’m going to add it to my collection of D.C. monument photos. It’s absolutely stunning. Thank you so much. Look forward to following your work.

  • Angela,

    This is the most beautiful picture of the Wall that I have ever seen! It makes me cringe to admit that I take pictures when I see something this good.

    You may be interested to know that I have traveled to 49 of the 50 states honoring Vietnam memorial sites. I have probably been to 300 sites. I then post the pics and write about them on the above listed site. I will use your picture as a goal to strive for in the future!

    Would it be too presumptuous of me to ask if this is an HDR pic? I ask because, just today, I took a course on HDR and am anxious to get going on it.

    Thank you taking, posting it, and inspiring me to keep at it,


  • Johann

    Shots like this can’t be planned/staged – it is simply being in the right place at the right time of day. Truly honors my fallen brothers and sisters. A million “Thank You”s from those who are still with us!

  • John Gretzinger

    This photo was posted on the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association page on Facebook and it certainly evokes a lot of emotion for us. From all of us – Thank you for sharing your beautiful photography.


  • Ann

    This is one of the most amazing shots I’ve ever seen of the memorial. It certainly gives new meaning to the word “breathtaking.”
    Thank you.

  • Thank you so much Ann

  • Thank you so much John. So honored that you like it.

  • Thank you so much Johann. That means so much to me. It was my pleasure ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Michael,
    I checked out your site and that’s a great project you’ve got going on.
    Yes, all my images are HDR. Watch out you may get hooked ๐Ÿ™‚
    Good luck with your photography and look forward to connecting more.

  • Thank you so much Janine ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Thank you so much Ruth!

  • Thank you Milt ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Thank you for checking it out

  • I’m honored Saundra. Thank you so much for your purchase.
    Your packages will be sent out tomorrow & the Vietnam Sunrise print will be out later this week. Can’t wait for you to see it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Thank you so much Dom

  • Thank you so much Steve!

  • I know, sorry! I do that to try to prevent people from using my photos without me knowing. If you’re interested in a desktop wallpaper size, send me an email at

  • Hi Cal,
    I use photomatix. To learn more about my workflow, you can check out my ebook:
    email me if you have any other questions at

  • Hi Joseph,
    Yep, I was there during the Christmas season as well ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the trees and wreaths that are laid out there.
    This is an HDR image so my exposure time was all over the place. my fstop was at 5.6.
    If you have any other questions, feel free to email me at

  • Thank you so much Vince!

  • Thank you so much Carolyn!

  • Gary Robert Del Carlo

    Angela, I am a Vietnam Vet. I been to The Wall many times, and I’ve see a lot of photos of The Wall, but this is by far the best I’ve ever seen. They had this on WJLA on Friday I believe. I was amazed when I saw it. I wanted to see it again, and they said you could go to their website to see it. I went to the website and it wasn’t there. So I emailed them and STILL haven’t heard from them, but because I have them on Facebook, it showed up on their Facebook site today.

    Thank you for a really great shot!

  • Charlie Donahue

    Truely a moving picture that is about as perfect as can be. You have a great eye for composition and colors. Thank you so much for sharing this will all.

  • Denise Goodine Hock

    There are no words to describe the emotions this picture brings. Breathtakingly Beautiful but also Disturbingly Beautiful.

  • Do you recall around what time the sky looked like that? I’m trying to get out there soon to get some awesome shots. I LOVE this!

  • Thank you Denise!

  • Thank you Charlie!

  • Glad you found me and thank you for your service ๐Ÿ™‚

  • This was around 715 I believe. Good luck ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Paula Tranchina

    I absolutely love your picture Angela. You are very talented. Keep up the good work. I look forward to many more. paula

  • Thank you so much Paula!

  • Ann Y. Sherman Wolcott, Gold Star Mother

    I have a son on the Wall…Rex M. Sherman, panel 16W line 96….I am happy to see the sun shining on him and his comrades….May they REST IN PEACE !! Thank you, Ann

  • Thank you Ann!

  • Arthur C.Bonevich

    Thank You for sharing. A beautiful picture / sunset.

  • Angela
    As a combat Vietnam Veteran, I was at “The Wall” for it’s dedication in 1982. I’ve not missed many years of being there, on Veterans’ Day since. The designer of “The Wall”, Maya Lyn, brought so much meaning to what “The Wall ” respresents to America. Never before has a memorial been so personalized before, as this one.There’s spirit that lives within the black granite wall’s. A black scar, carved out of the earth, hidden away from plain sight, as America at that time, during civil unrest, atested to the ongoing apathy, it displayed toward the war. Your photograph has captured the color of the war in our minds, that was fought there. The splashes of color on “The Wall” depics the fire, and devastation of war, that we experenced, that still resonates in our minds today. The darken clouds reminds me of the gloom of war, cast upon “The Wall”. This is a highly dramatic moment, captured in nature’s description of war. This is one of the moments in time when the earth stood still. Thank you, Angela, for being there, at that moment…
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  • This has always been a place close to God and Heaven! God just gave his approval this morning with one of his special sunrises! Rest in Peace Brothers we will join you after we cross that Rainbow Bridge for a Grand Reunion!


    ANGELA..I’M A 42 MO. TOUR NAM VET..COMBAT WOUNDED..AS A FELLOW photographer I’M proud to be in your company. this shot is truly amazing and i’m so glad the “LORD” set this up for you to share with the rest of us. I know your heart and hand were guided that morning. I have achieved master photographer status with the international freelance photographers organization(I.F.P.O.) and to date published 5 times. not bragging,just letting you know my skill level with a digital SLR. there’s no doubt you can fit in the same field of expertise. this shot is 100% proof of it. thank you so much for capturing this moment in time.

  • What a spectacular picture! I’ve been to the Wall many times, yet I have never seen it in such a beautiful way! Bravo Zulu!!!

  • Thank you Arthur ๐Ÿ™‚

  • DodgerCates, Thank you SOO much for the beautiful interpretation of this image. It truely is an honor to be hearing from so many Vietnam Vets like yourself. Nothing makes me happier knowing that it depecits the memorial in a way that you all can be proud.

  • Thank you John!

  • Thank you so much Luther. Your images are beautiful.

  • Jim

    Hi Angela,
    Very beautiful! I have been at the Wall for several sunrises, working as a National Park Service volunteer. I invite your viewers to visit the web site named The Virtual Wall, which readers can reach by clicking on my name or visiting

  • Thank you Jim!

  • Reba

    WOW How beautiful is God/s work!!!!

  • You are welcome and thank you for your service!
    Happy holidays ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Wow – that is one gorgeous image! Thank you for sharing it.

  • Bruce Bourget Sr.

    Beautiful Picture, I like the way the sun hits the Washington Monument and makes that Line in the Sky, Very Nice