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Jan 31, 2007 15:44 |  #1

Went to a graveyard this past weekend, there were lots of amazing gravestones dating back to the 1800s. The graveyard was 250acres and I didn't have nearly enough time to see it all. :( BUT I got lots of great photos. Let me know what you think about them.

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Jan 31, 2007 15:47 |  #2

here are some of my faves:

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Jan 31, 2007 15:49 |  #3

couple more:

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Jan 31, 2007 16:28 |  #4

very nice




  
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Jan 31, 2007 20:52 |  #5

wesuggs wrote in post #2633048 (external link)
very nice

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Jan 31, 2007 22:25 |  #6

C&C welcome and appreciated


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Jan 31, 2007 22:28 |  #7

I must say that the ones you've shown are very well done. I like them all, and if i had to pick, i guess it would be #9, #12, and #30...


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Jan 31, 2007 23:10 |  #8

ilovemycamera wrote in post #2634727 (external link)
I must say that the ones you've shown are very well done. I like them all, and if i had to pick, i guess it would be #9, #12, and #30...

thanks, those are prob my faves too!


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Jan 31, 2007 23:13 |  #9

Very nice shots... Interesting angles. Thanks for sharing.


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Jan 31, 2007 23:29 |  #10

ZekaG wrote in post #2634898 (external link)
Very nice shots... Interesting angles. Thanks for sharing.

thanks I shot mostly wide since all I had with me was the 17-40, and on the 5D; so that explains the angles, but MAN do I love shooting with that lens. I enjoy taking only one lens along, I think it actually makes you think about composition more since you can't get the shot you THINK you want; but that shot is usually the same one everyone else gets. So it helps me be more creative.

Thanks for the comment; greatly appreciated


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Feb 01, 2007 08:23 |  #11

some pretty cool shots, but wasnt too keen on the angles of some, bit too much IMO :)


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Feb 01, 2007 10:56 as a reply to  @ Yella Fella's post |  #12

I love your angles and shot selection. I've been trying to shoot the Graveyard on Ft. Leavenworth with little success. Mostly I guess I'm afraid to walk around peoples dead loved ones, did you encounter and problems with visitors while you were there. I think there is something about Graveyards that draws me to them. I got a pretty cool shot last night, it isn't 100% focused but the color in it is pretty unique (i think). I'm still processing it so I don't have it to post. Any thoughts that might help a newby like myself?


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Feb 01, 2007 13:33 |  #13

Yella Fella wrote in post #2636415 (external link)
some pretty cool shots, but wasnt too keen on the angles of some, bit too much IMO :)

Thanks, yeah I agree some of the angles are a bit to much...

BUT I do think that with a subject such as this, you do have to add some interest to the shots; this can be done with interesting angles, even some that people might think are to extreme, OR by telling stories through the pictures, OR by adding interesting post processing effects like I have done so here.
If these things are not done the viewer will get bored VERY easily.

Thanks, keep the C&C coming!


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Feb 01, 2007 13:49 |  #14

Rowan611 wrote in post #2637051 (external link)
...did you encounter and problems with visitors while you were there? ...Any thoughts that might help a newby like myself?

No I did not have any problems with visitors...This is probably due to the age of this graveyard...It dates back into the 1800s...Mostly now its a tourist attraction; I only saw three people the whole time I was shooting (about 3.5 hrs).

The only tips I can think of is to think like a photographer...
What I mean by this is don't think like a person who is visiting loved ones and wants a snapshot of the grave with flowers on it.
FIRST, think about the style you want to shoot, be it grungy or more pretty flowers on graves etc.
THEN, get dirty. Don't be afraid to get on your knees or belly to get some interesting angles, I was on the ground about 60% of this shoot. The other times I was holding the camera above my head or finding other ways to shoot a subject that a normal person would shoot standing and straight on.

NEXT TIP:
Shallow depth of field helps eliminate distractions; I shot this whole gallery @ f/4 except a few images. (max aperture of the 17-40)

NEXT TIP:
Look BEFORE you shoot. This will help you from having 400 pictures and none of them are keepers, or what you were looking to get

LAST TIP:
Do some interesting effects in photoshop, this will help give your photos the look you were shooting for. Keep the effects that you would like to do in mind WHILE you are shooting. "Oh this would be a cool shot in black and white with a selective coloring on that _______" etc.

THANKS FOR THE COMMENT; and please share your photos when you finish. HAPPY SHOOTING!


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Feb 01, 2007 14:12 as a reply to  @ anglext's post |  #15

I went out after lunch and took about 70+ shots, I am processing them now but as I'm sure you know it is a slow process. I should have some to post tonight, unless I get called off for something. Thanks for the tips, I don't mind getting dirty, I just have difficulty thinking "outside the box;" but I'm hoping experience will teach me how to do that.

If you don't mind I'll post my Graveyard pic from last night here later, I'm not very good with CS2 yet so when I do feel free to edit. I have some books on the way that will help me with RAW and CS2.


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