One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for All.
Great set of photos just showed everyone at work. You are very fortunate to have been there.
It makes me proud that a man from the background you are from is more of a patriot than I am.
I mean no sarcasm in that statement either.
It is people like you that make this country what it is.
This election is the first one I ever voted in, and I’m already 45. I see this as a time of hope for America to be great again. To right our wrongs, and to stand tall as the nation to emulate.
Thanks for the images. Wish I was there. It’s history in the making.
Wonderful photojournalism. I watched CNN all morning, but I didn’t get the chills I got while looking at your photography.
Great photos Jin. You should really show more of your work :)
Nice work, Jin. An excellent photoset. My favourite is the dark tree shot directly after the monument (towards the top), I like the way the crowd looks kind of ghostly and spiritual. Which suits the inauguration of the first black US president.
And, I must say, having voted out our little germ Mr Howard it’s nice to see the illiterati of the Bush Administration consigned to the past.
@Aaron, thanks for Re-tweeting and your comment
@Bryan, I know what you mean. To be honest I had doubts about going due to all sorts of warnings I read. But I’m glad I did go.
@Victor, I’m glad you voted this time!
@Anna, thanks for taking the first 2 photos :)
@Janko, thanks! I’ll definitely have to do more this year.
@Steven, that happens to be my favorite too! I’ll have to upload the colored version of it later, it’s even better imo.
Awesome photos Jin! Makes me want to get into photography!
Do you have some higher resolution versions?
Thanks Soh. I just got my DSLR not too long ago, still don’t know all the Ins and Outs of it yet. Too much to learn, but great fun!
Dmitry, you can see higher res at my flickr account. The slideshow link is
I plan to upload the colored versions too in even higher res.
Some related info:
I’ve been planning this photo journal since the election result back in November. My goal is to tell a story. A story about my journal to the Inauguration. I decided to go with B&W because I feel the effect gives a timeless feeling. Then end it with bright, colorful photos to signify hope, change and patriotism. (That’s why I over saturated the group shot).
I left the house a bit after 4am, got to the metro station parking lot around 4:30ish. It was already full! So I ended up parking at a nearby shopping center. Many other people parked there too. When I got back later in the day, my car, along many others’ were towed. Somehow it didn’t bother me to pay the $125 fine :)
It was so cold in Washington DC. I forgot to bring my hat and gloves since I left the house in a hurry. Luckily my snowboarding jacket had a hoodie. My hands however, took some brutal abuse. I took a lot less photos than I wanted to. My pain tolerance was about at maximum 10 shots at one time, then I had to put my hands back in my jacket pockets.
I’ve never seen that many people (2 million) in my life before. And this is coming from a Chinese :) It was a fantastic experience.
f’ing beautiful, thank you!
Thanks Aja :)
Wow, this is really good stuff. You really have a knack for photography.
Jin this is great work you captured the moment beautifully. Then again I always enjoy checking in on your blog and seeing what new stuff you have on here. What kind of camera do you have?
I am looking to purchase a mid to low range priced digital camera with at least 8.0 mega pixels what brand would you or others who comment here recommend?
@Joe, thanks. I use a Nikon D90 DSLR. I got it last fall and so far having a blast with it. Depends on your budget and how involved you’d like to be with photography, I think a Nikon D40 is a good start. It’s an entry level DSLR, a D80 is also good. I blogged about my decision on a D90 last year:
Of course there are plenty good cameras by Canon too, and other brands. One thing I found most helpful while shopping for a camera was Flickr group discussions. People are very friendly and willing to help there.
I frequent the “Nikon Digital” group
Hope this helps.
Thank you that will be a great start for me.