The Solemn Duty
Guarding the Tomb of the Unknowns
The Tomb of the Unknowns has been patrolled continuously, 24/7, since 1930. I spent quite a bit of time at Arlington National Cemetery on my last trip. I took a few photos, but most of the time, I just observed. This shot was just before the changing of the guard. Very precise people, these guards. Twenty-one paces in each direction, twenty-one second pause before turning around, always keeping their rifle on the shoulder away from the Tomb itself.
When the Sergeant came out for the changing of the guard, it was interesting to note the precision of everyone's movements. They didn't talk. During their paces, one of them could not see the other behind him, yet everyone remained in perfect sync. Of course, they've practiced and drilled many times to achieve their precision. One web site said that each guard spends five hours each day preparing his uniform for the duty. It's a special duty and one that these guards don't take lightly. It's somewhat refreshing to observe that kind of dedication.
Video Bonus Edition Update for Professional Photography Workflow with Aperture
Do you learn better from reading a book or watching a video? I tend to like having both at my disposal. It's nice to see something implemented, but also to have a reference resource later when I want to check up on something.
With that in mind, I put together a video tutorial for my Aperture Workflow and added it to Suburbia Press as a bonus edition to the eBook. The new package is $15, including both the eBook and nearly an hour of video training in 1080p.
I also added some free Disney Timeline Cover photos for Facebook, so feel free to head over and download them.