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First Street Cemetery

First Street Cemetery
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Copyright: Scott Everett (skot) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 59 W: 10 N: 77] (453)
Genre: Places
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2009-10-28
Categories: Mood
Camera: Nikon D700, TAMRON 70-200mm f2.8 Di LD (IF)
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/15 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Friday theme 2009/10/30: "Halloween" [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-10-28 22:13
Viewed: 1431
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Obligatory Spooky Halloween shot

We chose (thematically) to head out one of the historic cemeteries here in Waco for our latest photowalk. It was a wonderful night for shooting, except for the massive swarms of mosquitoes. Several of us were planning on staying out until well after twilight, but were completely unable to make it because of the little blood-suckers.

I debated on labeling this image as HPP because of everything I had to do to it. I know it's probably not as much as others, but for my workflow, this is quite a bit of PP effort.

Here it goes in list format:

In Lightroom 2
Exposure -0.10
Black clipping -3
Contrast +62
Temperature 5.5K
Convert to Grayscale
Yellow -31
Green -19
Orange -59
Purple -92
Magenta +31
Blue +32
Aqua +28
Clarity -74

Over to GIMP 2.6
Added am IIR Gaussian blur of 7.0 pixels.
I actually debated on the blur. I was certain the mosquitoes would have a sufficient blurring effect.)

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I really like this one although it might be a tad too blurred (blame it on the mosquitoes). The mangled fencing—although unfortunate for the cemetery—adds great interest to the photo (esp. the week of Halloween). Almost as though something escaped from its grave and left the mangled wreck of steel in its wake.

I am planning on visiting Arlington Nat'l Cemetery with Danilo on Halloween to get some shots. The "problem" with high profile cemeteries like Arlington and Highgate (the cemetery in Her Fearful Symmetry) is that they don't allow for things to look run down like this so you have a real gem of spookiness here.

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