Martha Washington Inn

Fisheye view of the front grounds of the Martha Washington Inn in Abingdon, Virginia

Sometimes I forget that I live in one of the most historic towns in the Commonwealth of Virginia. I should really spend more time photographing in and around town than I do but all too often I get caught up in the hunt for the perfect sunset or waterfall shot.

One of the most prominent buildings in Abingdon is the Martha Washington Inn. The Inn started life as a women’s college, served as a hospital during the Civil War and is currently a high-class hotel. Ownership of the hotel has changed hands a few times over the last 50 years but the class, charm and ambiance of this place has always remained. Many who have stayed here claim to have experienced some type of paranormal encounter. There are several areas of the building that are thought to be haunted by the ghosts of both Union and Confederate soldiers who passed away while being treated during the Civil War.

Gear: Canon EOS 60D, Rokinon 8mm Fisheye

Software: Adobe Lightroom 3, Adobe Photoshop CS5, Photomatix Pro 4, Topaz Adjust 5

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7 Comments

  1. Len Saltiel May 7, 2012 at 2:44 PM #

    Great perspective Curt. The fish-eye gives the image a wonderful look and interest.

  2. Mark Summerfield May 7, 2012 at 1:17 PM #

    Nice use of the fish-eye, Curt. I like the small details (rust spots) in the railing – the add a nice contrast to the glamor and opulence of the hotel itself.
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  3. Mark Neal May 7, 2012 at 11:34 AM #

    Nice POV, Curt. The fisheye really makes it unique. Nice job.
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  4. Dave DiCello May 7, 2012 at 8:04 AM #

    This is such a cool POV here Curt! I love the use of the fisheye, really well done!
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  5. Jimi Jones May 7, 2012 at 8:01 AM #

    Great image, Curt. Love the creative effect of the fisheye, Nicely used here.
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  6. Edith Levy May 7, 2012 at 7:36 AM #

    Great use of the fisheye Curt. Wonderful shot.
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  7. Rich McPeek May 7, 2012 at 7:22 AM #

    Very cool Curt! Love the pov you used here!
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