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Picture of the Day - October 3, 2009

Halo over the American Flag

Photo of an American flag wearing a halo.
Photo courtesy of Lauren Blackwell.                   (Click on the photo for a larger view)

Some images need no introduction as they speak for themselves quite well, and this is one of them. I'll simply get out of the way and allow photographer Lauren Blackwell to explain the circumstances of its capture:
    "I shot this standing under the flag at Veterans Memorial Plaza in down-
    town San Antonio, Texas. I was first captivated by the dramatic clouds
    in the middle of the hot afternoon. I decided to take a different view of
    the flag and came up with this image. It wasn't until I processed the
    shot that I saw the sun halo!"
      --Lauren Blackwell
Here are the camera and settings used to capture this image:
    Camera: Nikon D80
    Focal length: 20mm
    Shutter speed: 1/1250 second
    Aperture: f/7.1
    ISO: 100

 
Visitor Comments...
    Name: Jill Fairchild
    Town: Los Gatos, CA

    Magnificent!
     
     
    Name: Ed Morrison
    Town: Dunwoody, GA

    I have never seen a more striking photograph of Ole Glory. Outstanding job Ms. Blackwell - you should be proud.
     
     
    Name: Kathy Beach
    Town: Maryville, TN

    Looking at this picture this morning brought tears to my eyes, Lauren. I proudly served under that flag for several years. During my service I had the opportunity to watch the flag from this view point many many times. I never saw a halo above it, though. It is wonderful to see God's colors flying above our Country's colors. That puts it all into perspective now, doesn't it. Thank you for sharing your photo with us.
     
     
    Name: Ron Trees
    Town: Spokane, WA

    Very nice photo Lauren!! I really do like the perspective of this photo and the colors are amazing!! Our beautiful flag against the blue sky is just spectacular! Thanks for sharing this one with us!

    Kathy, I also just want to say THANK YOU for your service to our country! I very much appreciate it!
     
     
    Name: Rick Rouse
    Town: Abingdon, VA

    Lauren and Kathy...I second what Ron said to both of you!
     
     
    Name: Gordon Brugman
    Town: Gatlinburg, VA

    Ditto!

 
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