Back to the Graveyard

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I have blogged once before from Woodbury Park Cemetery. This wonderful graveyard is hidden away behind the bus station at the top of town and although I got some pictures I was proud of, I felt the other day that a return trip was in order.

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Taking pictures in a graveyard can be a challenge- there are so many different gravestones competing for attention that it can be hard to get a composition with simple focus that you like. This time I worked a lot in photoshop afterwards to get the shots as I wanted.

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When we look at a picture, our eyes are attracted amongst other things to areas that are lighter, have greater contrast and more focus, so in these pictures I have essentially painted on light and darkness, blur and contrast.

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The old black and white masters like Ansel Adams could use techniques in the darkroom to do this with light levels, but had less control after the shot over the focus and the micro-contrast- so thank-you photoshop!

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