18-55mm IS lens, Canon 80D, Instagram, Lens Artists Photo Challenge, Luminar, Photo Challenges, Photo Editing, Photography

Grave Marker Close-Up

From my walk around Cambridge American Cemetery last week I had this file:

ISO 400 50mm f/11 1/400sec

I took several shots in a row because the light was changing rapidly, but it was the one above that was my favorite. My first edit was a crop, as the marker on the right side of the frame that was half out of the frame bothered me. I’ve used a few filters here but a few smaller edits that I applied I’d like to point out. The first is the vignette, that is a filter that will darken the edges of a photo. Its default setting is to the middle of the photo, but that point can be changed. In Luminar 3 it’s as simple as clicking the button marked “place center” then clicking the point you would like in the photo. In this case, it is the small stones. I’ve also used the dodge and burn tool to lighten the rocks just a bit. Here is the outcome of those edits:

ISO 400 50mm f/11 1/400sec

What do you think of this framing and this edit? It’s different than a straight shot of just the grave markers, does it appeal to you? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section.

Below I am including another photo, a similar grave that I posted on Instagram. This one shows more of what a full marker looks like:

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Beautiful #gravemarker edited in #hipstamatic #wwii

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45 thoughts on “Grave Marker Close-Up

  1. I like it – I do think your edits have improved the photo greatly, especially on the face of the marker. I’ll be honest in that when I first saw it I wondered if the horizon needed to be straightened, but the more I look at it the more I think it’s great as it is. I also really like the photo you put on instagram. Just because I’m a nerd – what camera do you use?

    Any idea what the stones signify?

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  2. Very nice edits and the name is clearer (did you pick the Lehman one for any reason? Or the Jacobson one? Just curious)
    and the small stones left are a nice way to stamp the visit (I read the comments) and just love learning about culture stuff like that – so thx


  3. I’d written a story about the small stones on my writing ✍️ blog quite awhile ago. I grew up in a Jewish neighborhood. I learned about many of their traditions. No, I’m not Jewish. Yes, I can appreciate the cultures and religion of others.
    The last two are my favorite photos. They show more detail. The first one looks like the gravestone is standing guard. Love the composition.
    I’ve never thought of taking photos at a cemetery. Well, except my parents and grandmothers. You peaked my interest of photographing something new. Thanks πŸ˜€
    Isadora 😎


  4. I like both the ‘warmed’ image from the 80D and your Instagram iPhone image. War cemeteries can be very challenging to get decent images and it’s easy to fall into the serried ranks clichΓ© – you’ve avoided that with these images.


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