Wednesday, March 3, 2010

(Day 62) In the shadow of the dead

I visited a couple of small graveyards within a few minutes' drive of our place. They seem rather neglected. It would appear that there haven't been any new 'additions' there for quite some time either. I walked quietly among the gravestones - some were bowed over and appeared ready to lie down completely as if they were exhausted after all these years. The names and dates on others had been ravaged by the forces of rain and wind and cold and were no longer decipherable. Still others leaned at an awkward angle. They mark the last place on earth of people who walked the country lanes in this area some 100 - 200 years ago (not long ago by European standards). From the gravestones that were still legible, it was evident that some were taken at an early age, while others lived to their nineties. They have all run the race; may they rest in peace. I'm not sure if anyone still visits them, other than perhaps the occasional photographer ...

(18-55mm  f18  1/125 sec  ISO200)

15 comments:

Photog Ave said...

Very nice picture.
Love the snow too ;)

['รด ] Avery

Rick said...

Thanks Avery. Phew - the ink was barely dry on this post when I saw your comment come in :)

darlin said...

I love this photo, the journalling is great as well. It saddens me to think that grave sites are forgotten about. May they all rest in peace.

How long did it take you to figure your camera out? I recently purchased the Rebel XSi and just don't have the time to do much with it yet. I have the books but no time to read them unfortunately. One thing at a time.

Scott (AKA Bull Rhino) said...

I like this one a lot. I've always been fascinated by grave yards and the long shadows on the snow is great, and of course I could say the same things about your skies and the B & W treatment as you said about mine. Really nice!

Rick said...

@darlin - thanks for visiting and the compliments. I hear you re: figuring out the camera. I did read the manual (I have a Canon XS) and I checked out a lot of photography websites. However - there's no better teacher than going out and taking LOTS of photos and trying various settings (I think I took around 10,000 photos last year). Take it off AUTO and experiment with manual settings.

Rick said...

@Scott - thank you.

Krista said...

I LOVE this shot Rick! The B&W was a great choice. You captured the shadows very well! The trees in the background are great too.

Rick said...

@Krista - thanks for your positive feedback - I appreciate it.

M. Hassan said...

I'm afraid, those lying there are now extra frozen.

I love the shadows that cross from one edge of the photo to the other.

Julia said...

Wow, again nice, but creepy picture all at the same time!! What was the oldest date that you saw?

Rick said...

@M.Hassan - thank you, and you're right about them being extra frozen, but of course they don't care :)

@Julia - thank you. I could make out some 'deceased on' dates from the 1840's but I suspect there are older ones that have dates worn away.

Kyria said...

This is a great shot! I like the black and white! And I love cemetaries. There is something about them.

Rick said...

@Kyria - thank you. I agree there is something about cemeteries - a great place to do some quiet thinking and reflecting on what has been. Thank you for following.

darlin said...

Thanks for the advice Rick, I do take it off auto and play... only problem is I don't have a clue or not much of one yet but I'm learning. That's a lot of photos you've taken! I can see from your photos here that the practice has been well worth it, your photos are utterly amazing!

Rick said...

@darlin - I sure didn't have 10,000 keepers :) Once I 'see' a photo I want to capture I'll usually try a few different settings e.g. aperture if I want to experiment with dof, and shutter speed, depending on light conditions. You can check what settings you used by looking at your photo properties on your PC - you'll start seeing what settings did what. Again - thanks for the positive comments.