Impressions in the cemetery

I don’t know what draws me to the cemetery but I like to visit it more often than I should – to look for photos, of course. I do like the details and textures that are abundant, especially in the older graves and tombs. There is also wildlife and plants and trees to add to the mix. When I have a camera or lens that I want to try out, the cemetery is a good place to test the gear. It’s peaceful and uncrowded and I can take my time shooting with no interruption, with the exception of the occasional deer that sneaks up on me while I’m not looking.

One thing I try to do though is to avoid taking basic cemetery scenes. I usually like to just focus on details instead of shots of tombstones. But today was an exception, I thought this scene had nice light and it was around my favorite statue that I’ve featured in previous photographs. I first processed this as a straightforward black and white shot but I thought I would take it a little further with some textures and blur. I was inspired by a recent visit to the Carnegie Museum of Art where I saw examples of early impressionist photography from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The photos on display were generally soft, dark and had a warm tone from early printing processes. They were also a bit creepy in subject matter so I thought this photo was a natural 🙂

© David Guidas
Lumix GX1

  One thought on “Impressions in the cemetery

  1. May 31, 2012 at 3:55 am

    Love the processing! Mysterious! I think you have achieved what you wanted to.

    • May 31, 2012 at 7:39 am

      Thanks. The mood was already there, I just enhanced it.

  2. Chloe
    May 31, 2012 at 5:31 am

    very ethereal & beautiful

  3. May 31, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Perfect choices made in processing and the composition is very nice with the tree and shadows framing the markers.

    • June 1, 2012 at 8:03 am

      Thanks. I thought the composition worked out well, considering how cluttered the scene is.

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