Rolling Thunder is an annual motorcycle rally that is held in Washington, DC during the Memorial Day weekend to call for the government’s recognition and protection of Prisoners of War (POWs) and those Missing in Action (MIAs). The tribute to American war heroes started out in 1988 with 2,500 participants. Now approximately 900,000 participants and spectators are involved with this annual demonstration in Washington, DC. — From DC.about.com —
This year, I set off with my husband to find the perfect spot to photograph Rolling Thunder as they entered DC over the Memorial Bridge. I thought the back of the Lincoln Memorial would be perfect. Once up there, I realized that it was a good spot to watch from but it was too far to photograph without a zoom lens. From that vantage point, though, I spied a lone videographer on a median right at the end of the bridge and knew that was where I wanted to be. So off we went.
I was the second one there, but it wasn’t long before others joined – turns out it was the prime spot for a few major news outlets. CBS and NBC were there, as were others with press credentials, including one photographer from the Associated Press armed with two full-frame Nikons slung across each shoulder. And here I was with my little Fuji mounted on my tripod amongst the big boys! I got into a great conversation with the guy from AP, who had some fabulous stories to tell. He was the first, but not the last, to be intrigued by the Fuji.
And then Rolling Thunder began to arrive, and conversations stopped as each of us began shooting.
It was an emotional sight to behold and a Memorial Day I will long remember. And in the end, my little Fuji did a remarkable job capturing it all.