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celtic crosses and concrete angels

Yay, made it to the middle of the week. But I'm really looking forward to the weekend.
This apartment looks like a coven of banshee threw a party or sacrificed something in here!!!

I like shooting tombstones. I find them challenging and fascinating. I'm still trying to find the right 'look' to my images. I pour over other people's shoots over at mourning_souls with envy when I see some of the pictures they take, their composition, their lighting conditions and the whole feel they get from their pictures.
These aren't anything like those! These are all shot against a brilliant blue sky in dazzling sunshine and snow. But if you'd like to stroll through a cemetery with me,

These first few are of a few of the concrete angels I shot

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The next couple of stones show a few dates
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I didn't know that there were such a variety of celtic cross knots
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I wanted to try and get a different 'mood' from the above cross by converting into a black & white
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The remaining images are just an assortment of more of the same

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Oh, this is Sir Wilfred Laurier's tomb (Canada's 9th Priminister from 1896 - 1911) (He wasn't the crazy one who talked to his dog about national issues)
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Another attempt at 'mood' - first the original, followed by the desaturated version. Which is better?
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I'll apologize now for this being a photo heavy post.

Comments

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chicksrus
Jan. 15th, 2009 04:08 am (UTC)
I like the originals better compared to the b/w ones. Because the stones don't really pop out on the b/w ones. Maybe if you could manage to blur the background on the b/w ones more?
chootoy
Jan. 16th, 2009 02:56 am (UTC)
Good point. I am going to play with the B&W versions a bit.
Thank you for the very good idea.
karri_kln1671
Jan. 15th, 2009 04:31 am (UTC)
Ever since "Blink" stone angels give me a shiver. *rolls eyes at self*

Cemeteries are fantastic places to wander, aren't they?
chootoy
Jan. 16th, 2009 02:57 am (UTC)
"Blink"? Who?What? Please tell me more.

I went to a local cemetery this afternoon - the city's been blanketed in fog for the last two days. It looked so cool.
karri_kln1671
Jan. 23rd, 2009 06:08 am (UTC)
Blink is an episode of Dr. Who, in which the villains are creatures that look like stone angels whenever any thing living looks at then, but they come alive whenever anyone isn't looking at them, so if someone gets close to one and then turns their back on the angel, or even blinks, in that instant, the angel wakes and POOF!

Doctor Who himself is barely in the episode at all, yet it still manages to be one of the all time best Dr. Who episodes ever. :D
ms_nerd
Jan. 15th, 2009 06:37 am (UTC)
OH my HEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That one with the crow - oh sweetie. Oh, it's so good. I can't stop staring at it. I'm not criticizing one iota here because I am in love but if you play with the levels and sharpen a bit, that pic will POP! OMG I LOVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHIC EYE.

Could you make the sky in the B&W ones WHITE - that might give more of a contrast.
chootoy
Jan. 16th, 2009 03:03 am (UTC)
!!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I'm still surprised I managed to catch him in the frame! I'm going to definitely play with the levels and sharpen and see what happens. Excellent suggestion! Oh! Playing with the sky in the B&W's is another excellent idea! You'd make an excellent photography editor. Would you like to represent me? You'd get a percentage....! :o)
turps33
Jan. 15th, 2009 09:19 am (UTC)
These are so lovely.

I really like the 4th from the bottom, how the snow is sparkling around her.
chootoy
Jan. 16th, 2009 03:05 am (UTC)
The entire cemetery was sparkling all around me. Maybe it was a million angels shining for me?
onlineoffline
Jan. 15th, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
Those are great photos! I also have a weakness for angels and cemeteries, so I would like them a lot anyway. Those are very fine celtic crosses .. beautiful carving. Canada obviously has good stonecarvers.

I also like the 4th from bottom. I would sharpen it up a bit and clone out the sticks. Well, I'm assuming you have photoshop or something similar. I like them all pretty much .. the last one is lovely too with the blurry background.


chootoy
Jan. 16th, 2009 03:07 am (UTC)
Thank you! Thank you!!

Y'know, I contemplated cloning out the branches too. You've just confirmed it. I'm gonna go back in and do exactly that. Thanks for the suggestion. Gonna play with the unsharpen mask too. Thank you!
geneli4
Jan. 15th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
oh, wow, these are gorgeous!
chootoy
Jan. 16th, 2009 03:09 am (UTC)
\o/ Yay!! Oh, thank you so much sweetie!
chrismm
Jan. 18th, 2009 01:27 am (UTC)
These are so beautiful, just...

And I don't know. I think them either way, with the desaturation, etc. or with the bright colors, but I think I like the bright colors a little bit more, because it's so unexpected for cemetery shots. The white snow and bright sky and brilliant lights just sort of counter the usual gloomy/sad thing that graveyard photos often have.

Also, I really love the colors and the vibrancy in the one with the cross on the dome, with the lichen (moss? rust? whatever... :D ), and the aged dome, and the perfect white snow and blue sky. Just stunning.
chootoy
Jan. 18th, 2009 03:53 am (UTC)
Thank you darlin'! It's so weird how in some of the shots the sky is such an intense blue. I didn't touch the tone or saturation in any of them. I wish the sky had been more intent in the picture with the crow flying.
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