Cemetery photos expose detail

Bella Wilson

This semester, I am taking advanced photography. Throughout these past two weeks my favorite two pictures I have taken and edited are pictures from my cemetery project. I went to Union Chapel Cemetery during sunset. I was able to get lots of shadows in my pictures, which I think added a strong emphasis to the form of the objects. 

The first picture is of a tombstone with a small soldier statue and an even smaller baby angel adjacent to the soldier. I focused on the baby angel and used the shadows to add form. Making the background blurry by having my camera in portrait mode put focus on the stone. 

When editing, I focused on turning the brightness and exposure down. I also adjusted the coloring to make sure it was rich in green. Doing these two things, I was able to make the shadows stronger and emphasize the bright green grass. This editing also revealed the slight moss on the stone.

In the next picture you may not even be able to tell that it was taken at a cemetery. I took a close up picture of dead flowers placed on a tombstone. 

When I was at the cemetery, I noticed that each tombstone had a different upkeep. Some tombstones were clean and had fresh flowers beside them, while others were dark moss covered, and had either dead or no flowers. I focused in on these dead flowers because not only do I think this symbolizes a lot in a cemetery, but the dark coloring of the flower was still present. 

When editing, I focused on bringing out the dark red and purple shades. I used a close-up mode on my camera when taking the picture to make sure every detail was caught. Surrounding the dead flowers are little green pieces of grass, which are not in focus but add good color contrast. 

I chose these two pictures from the past two weeks because I was able to take close-up detailed pictures with this assignment. Close-up pictures are my favorite to get, I like when you can see every detail. Zooming in on a big part of an object adds meaning to the small things. Details are important and are in everything.