I enjoy walking through cemeteries and looking at grave markers. Today I found one that I would not want to run across at night:
This iron lady sitting at the foot of the cross I found somewhat intimidating. I think it is the stern look on her face.
It was a tough grave marker to get a photo of as well, so I figured I was going to have to take some liberties in the editing process to get the image that I wanted. Lighting was a issue. Although it was a sunny day, the marker was in the shade. Also the grey stone was very light in color and the lady was a very dark green. I took a bracketed shot. So one exposure in the middle, then one a stop higher and one a stop lower. With those three shots on the computer I put them in Photomatix and then created an image using the painterly setting. With that finished I opened the photo in Photoshop, cropped it to straighten in a bit and then sharpened it. Here is the original middle exposure:
What do you think of my final interpretation? Do you enjoy walking through cemeteries? If you do, and happen to be in St. Louis Missouri I would recommend Bellefontaine, it is a beautiful place.