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.

Cheers!

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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. 🙂 ❤

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      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!!

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      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 🙂

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  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 🙂

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    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.

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  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.

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  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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