19th century Oregon Cemetery

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by MiguelATF, Sep 7, 2014.

  1. The other day I spent some time in an old 19th century cemetery, in a neighboring southern Oregon town - Ashland. It's a tranquil, shady place, with trees and shadows providing a bulwark against the heat of a late summer sun. And many of the gravestones seemed to be almost calling out to me. Including this one - celebrating a life that began in 1852 -

    by La Chachalaca Fotografía, on Flickr

    The novelist George Eliot writes: "...but the realm of silence is large enough beyond the grave...."

    It's a silent place, on an afternoon in 2014. A time to think .... or, like this grave motto - to be "hopefully waiting"...

    Hopefully Waiting the Resurrection
    by La Chachalaca Fotografía, on Flickr

    Everywhere you turn, a great sense of light bisecting the shadow -

    In the shadow of his wings
    by La Chachalaca Fotografía, on Flickr

    And then the very human sense of loss, some more painful probably than others - losing a newborn after only a few days -

    Aged 3 Days
    by La Chachalaca Fotografía, on Flickr

    This next one - "Gone So Soon" - made me think of something Douglas Adams (he of "Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy" fame) once wrote - “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”

    Gone So Soon
    by La Chachalaca Fotografía, on Flickr

    And then my favorite, a quotation at the bottom of a larger funerary pillar, which one had to squint to read, because of the light and shadow -

    I am the vine, you are the branches
    by La Chachalaca Fotografía, on Flickr

    It wasn't all 19th Century, quite a few went into the 20th - including this one -

    I shall be satisfied
    by La Chachalaca Fotografía, on Flickr

    Being a writer, I was particularly struck by the nature of the formal, biblical-inspired language - "they were always abounding" is not a phrase one hears in casual conversation -

    They were always abounding
    by La Chachalaca Fotografía, on Flickr

    Finally the last image is my other favorite - also the grave of a newborn - but with what must be a faithful dog sitting atop, though the sculptor seems to have been inspired by seal physiology, but there weren't many seals in landlocked 19th century southern Oregon.

    Baby Inman
    by La Chachalaca Fotografía, on Flickr

    All the photos were taken with my Sigma 30mm (A)rt lens, on a GX1 body; most at the widest (f/2.8) aperture.
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  2. Lovely light, playing well on shapes and textures. I love your processing and atmosphere it brought.
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  3. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Very nice theme / series Miguel. And your B&W processing is really effective for these...

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  4. Thank you, Milan.

    The processing btw was relatively simple. I shot in RAW, used Lightroom (I'm still back in the 'dark ages', using LR 4.4), and then used a Lightroom plug-in from X-Equals/Xel, who produce an interesting series of LR profiles that attempt to replicate many of the tonal characteristics of different negative and/or slide films. These images were all processed using a Fuji Acros preset; the slight toning and borders were courtesy of Silver Efex Pro. Those are the 'technical' details - but it really boils down to the atmosphere .... so I appreciate your comment.

    Thanks, Ray. I think I'm obsessed with processing so your words are helpful.
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  5. donlaw

    donlaw All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Sep 14, 2012
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  6. It's always fascinating to think of those who went before us.
  7. pdh

    pdh Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    The design of the carving on "Hopefully Waiting ..." is quite remarkable
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