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Ames Angel Angle

Ames Angel Angle
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Copyright: Reed Radcliffe (rlrad) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 142 W: 8 N: 375] (1374)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-10-02
Categories: Architecture, Mood
Camera: Nikon D7000, Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/40 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-10-06 19:30
Viewed: 1598
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the family funeral plot of the Edgar Ames family. Edgar was a St. Louis civic leader - he died in 1867. He and his family are buried in the Bellefontaine Cemetery, one of the oldest and most picturesque cemeteries in St. Louis.

I visited this place as part of a Photographer's Meetup group last weekend, in an effort to force myself to spend some time shooting photos for fun instead of profit. I don't do it enough and these meetups are relaxing and a chance to share with other photographers of all levels of knowledge. Now I have a whole new audience for my stories!

Anyway, there are several famous people buried in this 314 acre facility. General Sterling Price, August Busch I, William S. Burroughs amongst others. One of the tombs, the Wainwright tomb, is considered the Taj Mahal of St. Louis and in 1970 was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It's not just a cemetery - some folks consider shooting amongst the dead like we did Sunday to be a bit on the bizarre side - and I have to admit I am used to having more, shall we say, active subjects, such as musicians and street people. After we got over the weirdness, we were taken by the history and the artistry of the monuments and mausoleums and the shooting got more interesting.

I didn't make it to the Wainwright tomb, but I will on another visit, because I will be returning.

I really liked the design of this pair of graves with the angel in between. They both died during the Art Deco period and the design is very Art Deco.

I tried several angles on the angel by herself, close in with the super wide, from the ground up, both sides, etc. but found this straight on shot to be my favorite view. I like the balance of the composition and the exposure turned out perfect. It should have, considering the monument is one big grey card!

Thanks for looking!


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  • VicZik Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 528 W: 82 N: 950] (4812)
  • [2011-10-06 21:42]

Hi Reed,

I had a quick look at your gallery and I admired your work..... If this was someone else image I would have commented on the rule of thirds but I will not for you... Here is what I like.... the lighting on the head stones, which is in shade is perfect, while the trees in the back ground that have bright sun are not over exposed. color and dof are awesome... Well done Reed.

TFS and best regards....

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