Weekly Photo Challenge: Gone But Not Forgotten

Interesting topic this week for the Photo Challenge.  It made me think of grave stone markers, so I went back to work on a photo that I took a few months ago:

ISO 100 70mm F/3.5 1/160
ISO 100 70mm F/3.5 1/160

This edited version is an HDR photo.  I was interested in creating an HDR version because I thought that the detail of the stone would match the bokeh of the background in an interesting way.  The edit is a slight and subtle one.  Here is the original, middle exposure of the three images that I combined:

ISO 100 70mm F/3.5 1/160
ISO 100 70mm F/3.5 1/160

I think that the HDR treatment gave the grave marker the bit of pop that it need to separate from the background.  What do you think? Feel free to leave a comment below.

I love looking at grave stone markers, especially weather-worn ones, monuments to those who are gone but not forgotten.



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  1. wellt he difference is really subtle – but then once you compare – the clarity in the stone in the edited version stands out – nice take on the wpc. and cool that you find the beauty in grave stone markers, I know a few folks that only get creeped out – but I agree about the beauty – and I can see how your photographer’s eye finds lots of things to capture. 🙂 ❤


      1. I agree = and quick story to share – wee went to my friends wedding in Vermont in 2005 – and it was way up in the boonies – and so driving back tot he airport it was during the day and we soaked up the scenery – and we actually stopped at the most coolest cemetery I have ever seen – it was on a hill as you drove by with the cool stones (with the patina you noted here) well we made a u-turn and explored!!


      2. yeah, I think it was hazy, I do not really recall.. but I know it was hot! 🙂 – and we took our rental car to see the Norman Rockwell museum too.

        anyhow, sorry to post such jumbo photo in a comment – I do not know how to resize them – and well, please feel free to delete it – because not everyone wants pictures in their comment sections. O_o
        anyhow, hope you have a great rest of the week 🙂


  2. Beautiful photo and final product. I couldn’t tell that you did work on it, it was all done seamlessly, well done. I thought the bokeh was just right and didn’t overwhelm the statue – its textures stood out loud and proud. And it fits the challenge perfectly 🙂 I still have a lot to learn about combining images in Photoshop. Not there yet, getting there 🙂


    1. The basic HDR features in Photoshop are pretty easy to use I think you’ll find once you look into it. I personally use Photomatix when editing HDR, I just prefer it. As far as editing goes, I feel like there is always something new to learn. I’m glad you like my final product.


  3. Yes, the stone is sharper in the HDR processed image, and it’s even more noticeable when I click both images to compare them in the enlarged versions.

    I too like photographing cemeteries.


  4. I love cemeteries. Even though the change is slight, it does help define the stone. Haven’t been around for a while. School is over and I am returning to blogging, writing poetry, learning Italian, and life. I had to start a new blog, because my husband stopped paying for the self-hosted one. Now I can be followed in the Reader. Nice to see you again.


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