Sunday, November 29, 2009

Week 31, Day 220, November 29, 2009, Rural Cemetery

I live in a very rural area of the New York.  There are many cemeteries around that date back to around the middle 1800's.  I think many of them started as small family, or small community cemeteries.  Many of them are in rough shape with headstones that have fallen over, and fences needing repair.  It's difficult to raise the money to maintain them.

I find them interesting, and I wonder about the lives of the people who are buried there.  Many of these head stones told how many years, months, and days that the people lived.

This particular one is near the town of Summer Hill in upstate NY.  We joke that it's called Summer Hill because that's the only time of the year that you can get there.  If there is snow, Summer Hill usually has the most in the immediate area.

What places capture your attention, that not many people visit?

Lessons Learned:
  • Today I was able to capture my darkest blue skies that I have ever been able to capture.  The closer it is to the first day of winter, the bluer the skies seem.
  • I continue to shoot in RAW/JPEG output.  This outputs both a JPEG and RAW image.  Sometimes I like how the JPEG was created, and sometimes I don't.  If I don't like it, I can modify the RAW image, and save it as a JPEG.  (If I'm running low on space I shoot in RAW.  If I'm shooting a sporting event where I need the speed, JPEG is faster on my camera.)
Photo details: Exposure time 1/15 sec, Aperture f/22.0, ISO 100, Focal Length 17 mm, 35 mm equivalent focal length 34mm, Lens Canon EF 17-40mm, tripod, circular polarizer filter.


Andrew said...

I like the skies a lot - were you using a polarizer?

Also, a clarification on my Tilt Shift post: they are not models. The original photo is just a photo I took at a stadium yesterday. The tilt-shift effect is what makes them LOOK like models.

Apologies if you were joking. Things like that don't translate for me over the internet :)

Gary's third pottery blog said...

These cemetaries are everywhere, and kinda sad too. No, VERY sad.

RRosen said...

Nice work. I am going to start using Raw. It wasn't available in Photoshop 7 so I upgraded to 8. Did you see my last entry because of a notification or did you se it on Google reader. I published it but it didn't show.

Gallow said...


I did use a polarizer filter. I forgot to mention it in the photo settings.


Yes it is very sad.


If you are talking about "Time with Willey", I saw it under the Friend Finder.

Nicki said...

I have this thing stuck in my head. I want to take pictures in all these little cemeteries and then put the pictures in a book. My kids think I am crazy! I pass at least four or five every trip to Ithaca.

Elizabeth Gilje said...

oooo the late fall trees really add to the "graveyard" feel of this shot. I really like the angle too.

I added exif data to my shot. It was taken with no flash and on my new 50mm. :)

ruma2008 said...

It is the wonderful work which expressed the history of this place.