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Vietnam Memorial Sunrise by Steven Greaves
Tuesday, 19th August 2008

Vietnam Memorial Sunrise

by Steven Greaves

Walking around D.C. one afternoon, I arrived at the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial, took some shots and looked around for a great dawn shot. I returned the following morning at 4:30am and set up my tripod and cameras. The Mall was desolate except for me. I stood there in the morning chill, clenching my coffee and waiting for the twilight. Just as light came across the horizon behind the Washington Monument, I was approached by a gracious Park Ranger telling me that I could not use a tripod on the mall and that I would have to stop. I got off a few shots before taking my camera off the tripod and now shooting hand-held. This is one of the latter shots. It shows a few of the names of the fallen. The Washington Monument and rising sun are reflected in the granite.
Equipment: Canon 20D
Steven Greaves
After wandering for the past 15 years, I now call New York City home. Born in England, raised in Bermuda and educated in America, I have spent the last 12 years clutching both camera and passport. Although trained as a lawyer, with an Honors B.A. from the University of Florida and a J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law, photography and travel remain my inspiration. There are few things that offer such experiences and it is through the viewfinder of a 35mm and digital SLR that I have seen much of the world. From spectacular sunsets in the Sahara to the advent of dawn over the Indian Ganges to Rajasthani bar-room brawls, my camera has fueled my vision-quest. Photography has made of me a more earnest traveler. Through it, I have learned patience, humility and compassion. These virtues, I seek to convey through my work.
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Gaelic Girl

19th August 2008 at 3:12 am

Simply Amazing! Creativity at its finest.


19th August 2008 at 3:55 am

wow! I wonder how much other symbolic beauty passes us by that we just dont see.


19th August 2008 at 4:24 am

B.e.a.u.t.i.f.u.l !!


19th August 2008 at 5:36 am

Steven, poetry has a way of showing up in the most unexpected places. Thanks for sharing not just your inspirational picture, but your inspired self. This is how true art lives.

19th August 2008 at 7:45 am

Great shot and timing. In fact we pass by many wonderful moments like this but probably we either don’t see them or just ignore them. clear and well lit. good job.

19th August 2008 at 8:33 am

The rising sun ads to the poignancy of the shot.


19th August 2008 at 9:03 am

Great Imagination and originality.


19th August 2008 at 9:24 am

… or we pass the poetry and have no camera with us …
And getting back to daily live: Why are you not allowed to use a tripod at the DC mall?

19th August 2008 at 11:36 am


19th August 2008 at 1:41 pm

Brilliant image… I just love it.

to answer the previous question… if it is a pubic place … if you tripod you need a permit!! I have done many shoots hand held :)

19th August 2008 at 1:51 pm

Ingenious sight on your part, what a bittersweet invoking image….the memorial=the sacrifice and the sunrise=the promise and hope of a new day and maybe, just maybe if mankind can “get it”; Peace.
That is what came to me when I views this awesome image.
Perfect technical detail.

19th August 2008 at 2:03 pm

Great shot. I love the way it reflects down the alley and rising sun. Speaking about extra meaning about some great shots.

Sacrifices are made, but there is always another day that thanks to those name on the plate the new day will be for us living.


19th August 2008 at 2:21 pm

I’m at a loss of words

19th August 2008 at 2:34 pm

About tripods on the mall. They apparently had restrictions like this long before present security concerns. I found out years ago that it takes a license to practice professional portrait photography in the mall area of Washington DC. (A man who earned his living taking Polaroid snaps on the mall called me down for using a tripod, then he showed me his DC photo license. I guess some local photographers are seeking to protect their income with ever more bureaucracy, and the tripod serves to distinguish professionals from mere tourists.

ps. This picture really makes you think.


19th August 2008 at 5:06 pm

I . . . don’t know what to say. This is such a remarkable image. I’m overwhelmed. In fact, it calls not for words, but silence.

Actually, this photo, framed, would make an incredible gift for a loved one of any service person whose name appears in this image.

Nice job, Steven.

19th August 2008 at 5:24 pm

The sun reflection looks symbolic of the hopeful road to Peace. Lovely shot.
Thank you for your patience & insight.


19th August 2008 at 8:04 pm

Very nice. I think a landscape format of the same pic could be a postcard. Cheers.


19th August 2008 at 9:29 pm

Very incredible Steven! nice touch :)

Sue Gagnon

19th August 2008 at 11:02 pm

What an impressive photo. :) Great job!

20th August 2008 at 4:08 am

I love the creativity you have here. Why would the park ranger not let you use a tripod? Wonderful image.


20th August 2008 at 6:06 am

A very moving tribute.
I have never seen a photo of The Wall like this!

Also, thanks for the fascinating bio.


20th August 2008 at 9:28 am

tried the link to your website and got directed to a defunct earthshots page. Would love to see more. All best, Chet (born in NY and moved to UK)


24th August 2008 at 4:25 pm

very creative and original!! well done.

28th August 2008 at 1:37 am

oh man, quite possibly one of the best shots I’ve seen of this memorial.

24th September 2008 at 5:24 am

thanks all for the commentary. i appreciate all of it. additional work can be viewed at or


19th August 2009 at 7:34 am

This is a lovely shot and a very moving one, a tribute to the fallen and the hope of a bright new day.

19th August 2009 at 1:23 pm

Great framing and composition!

24th September 2009 at 11:52 pm

I love the Sun reflection.


19th August 2010 at 8:01 am


19th August 2010 at 5:11 pm

I too am overwhelmed…this should (could) become an iconic honarary tribute to the fallen heroes. The ones who gave ALL!
Elementally, this image is spectacular! the clarity of the engravings, the lines of the walkway with the reflected sunlight and the tree lines all leading the eye to the Monument which provides a surreal backdrop for the War Memorial.
Exquisite shot!


19th August 2010 at 6:50 pm

One word Amazing.

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