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Count the Gravestones… “Arlington Endless Graves”

This was taken on a sunny, warm day in fall, at Arlington National Cemetery.  I just find that place amazing… scary and overwhelmingly solemn, but amazing.

I used 3 photographs and created an HDR from them, to get the nice glow in the final photo.

While I liked the image, I wanted to further warm up the colors and to add some textures that might create additional depth.  I used textures with various designs, all with warm colors.  I especially like the vine texture which adds some interesting lines across the gravestones and the lawn.  Some other wall textures gave a deep, old look to the image.

Feel free to look at this and other photos at my website, http://www.kelleybard.com.


Eternal Flame

This photo was taken at the gravesite of John F. Kennedy, in Arlington Cemetery, Washington, D.C.  I first went to Arlington when I was 13 and was really struck by it.  Recently, a favorite photographer of mine posted some photos from Arlington and my desire to go again was rekindled.  On a convenient trip to visit family in N. Virginia, I took an afternoon and wandered with my camera and tripod.  The amount of graves there is really astounding, and the solemnity is impressive.  I will probably have more photos from this day to publish as the time goes on.  I happened to be there on the eve of some book being published about JFK’s death, so this area was more busy than usual, with CNN reporters and the like.  That was exciting, but I wanted to contemplate it quietly, so I waited until the area had thinned of people before shooting my image.  I could, also, have moved a bit to the side so the lines wouldn’t be diagonal, but I liked this view too.  I desaturated most everything except the flame, and increased the contrast a bunch on the background.

One thing- I rarely if ever add deliberate blur to photos.  To me, it just doesn’t look good in most situations.  For this, though, I thought and thought and finally added it… and liked it.  What do you think?  I tried my hardest to both keep the flame and base in focus, and to make it a smooth transition from blur to focus.  How did I do?  Love to get responses on that, or on your general take of blurred images.

I will also post this to flickr and facebook… depending on the responses there, I may post it to my website.


Mother’s Gravestone

I had SO much fun in the short photo shoot I took in the Bayfield, CO cemetery!  This was another beautiful gravestone that I saw as I wandered around.  I set up the tripod, snapped off 3 bracketed exposures, and was so excited for the HDR that would come out of it.  Photomatix didn’t disappoint.  The sky in the background, the stone texture… I love it all.  I’m really grateful for getting such beautiful images and getting to play with them.  To the family of the unknown person whose grave this is, I’m very grateful to you too.

Often, to get a really overwhelming HDR image, I will use the tone mapping feature 2 or more times, really concentrating the HDR effect.  This image, though, only needed one trip through tone mapping to get this beautiful effect.  It’s neat to me when I get such strong results from a set of images.  Always learning, I guess!

See this image and more at www.kelleybard.com.

Daily Photo- Gravestone and Dandelions

I decided to upload a bit larger size image today, let me know what you think!  All images are viewable at full size on www.kelleybard.com as well, this one is in the “places” gallery.

Anyways, thanks for looking at my photos!  I went back into my files tonight and this one jumped out at me… I’m trying to mix and match my photos for this site, but so far I’ve posted a lot of HDR, and this is another.  I think I’m just so excited by the possibilities of HDR images lately!

BTW, I would have forgotten this photo, maybe forever, if I hadn’t been going back into the vault for photo post ideas, so thanks again for that.

Ok, this photo jumped out at me- sunny day, wandering around the Bayfield, CO cemetary after a great infant shoot (from birth to death, hmmm…), and I loved this composition.  The dandelions were almost that bright that day.  The gravestone was almost that worn (I REALLY love how stone and rocks look with HDR processing, so when I saw this, bells rang).  I tone mapped this a few times in Photomatix, so there was lots of noise and some halos around the flowers…. I was able to reduce a lot of it, but not all.

When walking around cemeteries it’s probably bad form to step on the graves.  That started to creep me out while I was exploring.  Luckily I didn’t have anyone else there to yell at me- and the dead didn’t talk, except through this image…. *cue scary fade-out music…*  Enjoy!

Daily Photo- The Angels Loving Arms

So I’m trying the daily photo post thing, just to see how it works.  I love the idea, but with 2 young kids, I may miss a day or two….  I’ll try my best though!

This is a photo that I love, an HDR image (which is a type of photograph that I’m really enjoying learning how to make).  I found this statue in a graveyard in Bayfield, CO, on a beautiful day.  I had just finished a wonderful infant photo session and was all hyped up, saw the graveyard as I was driving home and couldn’t resist stopping.  No idea how old the statue was, or how long it had been broken like it is, but there were graves that I saw dated back to the late 1800’s.  I also saw a few gravestones labelled simply “unknown”.  I may post a photo of them in the future, I couldn’t imagine spending eternity as an “unknown”.

I’m taking several ideas from Trey Ratcliff’s blog, found here.  I really admire his work.  He did much to develop HDR as a type of photography.  I will not only show HDR here, because I take many different types of images.  I plan to show my landscapes, portraits, HDR and fine art images here.  Enjoy them all!

You can see my whole portfolio and work at www.kelleybard.com.