Oscar Dean Photography | Photo of the Week #33 - Abe meets Harriet

Photo of the Week #33 - Abe meets Harriet

August 17, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

The Photo of the Week is posted every Monday.  Each photo aims to document the things I've seen, places I've been and all sorts of curious things I have encountered as I go about my daily activities.  Along with the photo I will provide some background and interesting facts about the image and some technical information as well.



After many years, the revitalization project of Downtown Hartford, CT is complete.  The goal was to beautify the city by making it a destination for everyone from walkers and joggers, to bicyclists and tourists.  There is a Riverwalk where you can get great views of both sides of the Connecticut River or watch as the barges launch fireworks into the night sky during the annual festival for Independence Day.  The walking paths meander through the urban landscape and cross the Connecticut River and the path continues into the city of East Hartford.  Rich artwork, majestic statues and a modern band shell where great music is performed will appeal to the culturally inclined for sure. 


And so it was on this walk that I came "face to face" (bad joke, I know) with this statue.  It is Abraham Lincoln meeting Harriet Beecher Stowe.  She was born in Litchfield, CT in 1811 and was a famous author and abolitionist.  Her book "Uncle Tom's Cabin" depicted the life of slaves in the South and caused quite a stir.  It is certainly well-known that Abraham Lincoln fought to gain equality for slaves and in 1862 had the chance to meet Mrs. Stowe.  Her son said that during the meeting, the President said to his mother, "so you are the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war."


Photographing this statue while trying to avoid distracting background elements was a bit of a challenge.  There are trees and buildings behind the statue and I wanted to be sure to exclude as much of that clutter as possible so as not to ruin the image.  After walking around the ebony figures countless times, I finally found a vantage point that worked!  I knelt down low so that the two famous icons had the sky as their background, giving me the clean unobtrusive look I was aiming for.  My finishing touch was a tasteful conversion to "black & white" and viola!



Equipment and Settings

Canon 40D
1/200sec at f6.3, ISO 125
Canon 17-55mm f2.8 IS USM lens set at 43mm


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