I went to the cemetery expecting to shoot black and white

But after I got home and reviewed the images I found that a majority of them worked better in color. Maybe it was because it was nearing sunset and the light was nice or maybe  because I just wasn’t seeing the textures I was expecting. Either way it was a decent shoot considering I spent barely a half hour there. It was almost dark by the time I left and I’m just not one to pull out a tripod very often, even though I know I should. Because of that I really couldn’t use my slower zoom lens much so I mounted my Super-Takumar 50mm onto a Pentax K-30 for all of the shots seen here..

One such shot where a tripod would have helped is the first one of the leaf on the stones. Looking at it now I would have liked more of the leaf to be in focus. That’s where a tripod would have come in handy as I could have stopped the lens down a little more. And I could have shifted the focus point more towards the rear. I thought I was being artsy at the time with the limited depth of field but now I see where it didn’t quite work.

© David Guidas

I don’t normally like to simply shoot gravestones when I am in the cemetery, instead focusing on details and textures. But in this case when I noticed the sunset casting a strong warm light on only parts of the stones I tried to capture the scene before the warm light disappeared. It still looks odd and unnatural to me but that’s the way I saw it.

© David Guidas

I’ve shot this statue numerous times in the past. I find it quite interesting, especially when it’s covered with plastic for the winter. It just gives it that extra creepy factor. This time the setting sun was providing the backlight leading to a nice warm/cold  color palette.

© David Guidas

This lock has also been the subject of a previous photo. I thought I would shoot it from a different angle this time and use a brighter aperture. Well, I had no choice on the aperture since the light was almost gone and, as usual, there’s that pesky tripod issue again. In this case though I don’t think a smaller aperture would have helped much so I eeked by with no tripod necessary. :-).

© David Guidas

  One thought on “I went to the cemetery expecting to shoot black and white

  1. November 17, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    These are fabulous shots!!! Simply stunning! Great post 🙂

    • November 19, 2012 at 4:40 pm

      Thank you Polly.

  2. November 18, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    I’m particularly taken with the lock. Beautiful bokeh.

    • November 19, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      Thanks. That’s the Takumar at work. The bokeh can be quite nice under the right circumstances

  3. November 19, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Great stuff. I like the statue especially. It looks like a shroud. I like the top leaf, too. The light in the second one does look a bit unnatural, but I do see that it is highlighting the stones.

    • November 19, 2012 at 4:44 pm

      Thanks Neil. That statue holds lots of mystery for me. The lighting on the tombstones is exactly how it looked. After I took the shot I looked on the LCD and thought “that doesn’t look right” and then I looked back at the scene and, yeah, it was right! Crazy.

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