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Weekly Photo Challenge: Place in the World

I move a lot. On the order of every three to five years for my entire adult life. Something I’m frequently asked when moving comes up in conversation is, where is/was your favorite place to live? I’ll get this vague look on my face as I give a vague answer:

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My favorite? the truth is, there isn’t one. I’ve liked something about them all and disliked something about them all.

My favorite is expressed in that photo above. It’s being in a place and coming across the unexpected, like this grave marker. In a graveyard of standard stones, it was both elaborate and unkempt. Here is the original file:

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Even when I shot it, I suspected that it might have real potential as a black and white image. Β I have cropped it using the straighten feature in Photoshop. Β Then in Lightroom, I converted it to black and white with a green filter. I also sharpened it a bit.

What do you think of the black and white version? I like it, but honestly may go back and try a color version as well. In particular I’m intrigued by the various tones of green in the photo. I love visiting graveyards, do you as well or do you stay away? Your comments are welcome below.



40 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Place in the World

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  2. This time I think I prefer the color. There is something so magnificent in Mother Nature’s reclamation that I think it needs to be shown in all its glory. Very eye-catching and unique submission for the Challenge.


  3. I like the BW version. It gives a timeless feel to the graveyard, and I think it speaks of both peace and simplicity. All of us come and go in life and create and leave behind memories. I think darker green tones and more shadowing would make for a bold yet haunting colour version.


  4. Its a great picture in black and white. I am quite happy to walk round graveyards, and since my mum died have found it very comforting visiting her grave and realizing each time how far forward I have come. Its a good place to reasess life.


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  6. Love the B&W, Amy. I also enjoy wandering around graveyards. The most interesting one I’ve visited was The Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires. It’s like a small city, with ornate mausoleums lining its streets. I was most fascinated to see the tomb of Eva Peron there.


  7. I like the black and white version best but it is close. We have both moved a lot – I would have said I averaged every three years but some years like last year and when first leaving home have had numerous in a short space of time. I can understand your love of graveyards, particularly old ones. There is something peaceful about them.


  8. I love the photo in black and white. ..It gives a more dramatic look. I also like graveyards. ..something compelling about it, also there is usually some beautiful art work πŸ™‚


  9. Hi Amy! There IS something about the greenness in the original photo that is appealing. You are right about that. I wonder what might happen if you black-and-whited the red building in the back and maybe the dark-green tree to the left? – keeping the green of the ground and inside the grave site. Just a thought! πŸ™‚

    What tenacity to have moved around so much. I admire you!


    • That red building was one of the reasons I was giving black and white a try. In the color version, I just think it sticks out in a bad way. If I was to create a color version I probably would give desaturating that a try, it would be fairly easy to start with, just move the red slider into negative territory. That’s the quick fix, so probably the best place to start, although sometimes it amazes me when that ends up not working.
      As for moving, I have a hard time imagining staying in one place for years, I have friends who have done it, and that seems amazing to me.

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  10. Normally i’d prefer a shot like this in b&w, but I really like the colour original. Maybe, as you say, it’s the shades of green. I love graveyards btw β€” partly it’s the family historian in me, and partly I just like the stillness and the vibe.


    • Yes, I know you have an interest in your family history, so not a surprise that graveyards would be interesting to you πŸ™‚ I do just like the stillness of them. I also like that, when taken as a whole, they often tell something of the community as a whole.

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