Honor the Dead

© Michelle Alton

Honor the Dead

Uploaded: May 26, 2015 | Entered: May 26, 2015 14:55:45


The 21-gun Salute, known as "Honor the Dead," was the finale of yesterday's Memorial Day services in Philadelphia. There were two similar ceremonies--one at the beautiful Korean War Memorial and the second at the Vietnam War Memorial, styled similarly to the Wall on the Mall in Washington. Somehow, when I got home yesterday, there was a spent rifle shell casing in my photographer's vest pocket. There is no good explanation for this.
Congratulations to all the April contest participants and especially to the terrific finalists and winners!

Exif: F Number: 10, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/250 seconds, Flash: fired, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 400, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 84.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 7D Mark II


Lynn M. Whitt May 26, 2015

A beautiful and meaningful capture. #1619066

Tammy M. Anderson level-deluxe May 26, 2015

Beautiful tribute and great comp. You asked about the empty bleaches in my graduation picture. Those bleaches were the visiters bleachers for games. Everyone for graduation sit in the home bleachers to face the students. #11308985

Michelle Alton May 26, 2015

Oh...that explains it. Thanks. #11309000

Debbie Bray May 26, 2015

What a lovely tribute, but best of all is how the flag is displaying, Michelle, not just hanging down, the wind is doing it justice! Lovely shot! #11309003

Michelle Alton May 26, 2015

Yes, and the wind was also welcome in the blazing heat of midday! I actually had to flip this photo horizontally because I was on the "wrong" side of the flag! #11309004

R. J. Laudenbacher level-deluxe May 26, 2015

What a great capture, Michelle. I agree with Deb...the flag blowing in the wind is wonderful. #11309042

Patrick Rouzes level-classic May 26, 2015

Wonderful clarity, comp & lighting, Michelle. Kind of eerie about the shell casing. #11309160

Douglas Pignet May 27, 2015

well said...nice images #11309170

frank w. degenhardt level-classic May 27, 2015

Thank you for the info along with this emotional picture. Between taps and the 21 gun salute, I still get choked up and tears flow even after all these years. A most beautiful look and so heart touching Michelle. Thank you. #11309180

Dianne Brin level-classic May 29, 2015

Wonderfully and meaningfully captured Michelle. #11310284

To discuss, first log in or sign up (buttons are at top center of page).

Get Constructive Critiques

Sign up for an interactive online photography course to get critiques on your photos.


Did You Know?

BetterPhoto Websites: If you see an orange website link directly under the photographer's name, it's totally okay. It's not spam. The reason: BetterPhoto is the one that offers these personal photography websites. We are supporting our clients with those links.

Unavailable EXIF: If there is no other information but 'Unavailable' in the EXIF (meaning no EXIF data exists with the photo), the 'Unavailable' blurb is not displayed. If there is any info, it shows. Many photos have the EXIF stripped out when people modify the image and resave it, before uploading.


The following truth is one of the core philosophies of BetterPhoto:

I hear, I forget.
I see, I remember.
I do, I understand.

You learn by doing. Take your Nature and Landscape Photography up to a new level of understanding in my new online class - on sale now.

Copyright for this gallery photo belongs solely to Michelle Alton.
Images may not be copied, downloaded, or used in any way without the expressed, written permission of the photographer.
Log in to follow or message this photographer or report this photo.