Of all photographs I ever shot in our nation’s Capital, I am most proud of this one. Its unusual character and one-time lighting have never been matched. It’s the photo that almost wasn’t considering I had a nasty light accident when loading the film reel to develop it. But, this photo in particular was salvageable, even when damage is visible as nearby as two frames earlier. While I have had it posted before, it has never been scanned at this high of a resolution or cleaned (infrared light scratch removal is useless on silver, which reflects infrared light) of scratches and dirt.
The damage can be seen on this shot a couple of frames prior (going toward where I shot the above picture). Note the square marks at the upper left – those are film sprocket hole marks where the light came in and the film was coiled up due to the reel jam.
This is the amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery on Kodak TMax 400 in TMax chemistry in the late 1990s on the Canon Rebel 2000. Lesson learned – don’t jam your film reels. Shoot photos, not each other.