So I found myself in a cemetery over the weekend…and as such, thankfully still on the “up” side. Some of the recent pictures here got me thinking about other cemeteries I’ve seen on TE… ranging from the bright and colorful in Mexico, to the ancient and historical in Europe, and those unique and decorative in South America.
These reminded me of a cemetery here in the city of Tempe, which I thought was a bit different in its appearance. This is the Twin Buttes Cemetery, an old and all but forgotten small bit of land where many impoverished and unidentified have been laid to rest. It’s dry, barren and quite unlike most places these days that are grass covered and well manicured.
This shot was taken at sunrise…and I didn’t even realize until I returned home that the family name on the small, foreground obelisk headstone helped make for a fitting title to the moment. In its own desolate way, there was still some beauty to be found and a good reminder to be thankful for what we do have in life.
Thanks for taking a look.
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timecapturer (37068) 2013-08-27 4:15
an almost spooky shot this, especially as you did not see the name on the grave which gives you the great name for this image. Sunrise in a graveyard now that is different, and I would imagine quite a spiritual experience. I love being alone watching the sun come up it is such a special time of the day and one that most miss. Light management here is superb and the effect moving, as is your commentary.
Sergiom (45441) 2013-08-27 4:44
Je ne suis pas certain que tu as obtenu le résultat obtenu dans cette composition. Le contre jour est très violent et obstrue presque toutes les formes dans le cimetière. Si le soleil avait été un peu plus haut ou un peu plus bas le résultat aurait été très différent.
subhendu_bagchi (21056) 2013-08-27 4:44
so attractive composition here against the light. I think the almost blown background over the cemetery can say a lot with the rays of light. An inspiration... This composition is a result of a well thinking of you... I really enjoyed it and it surely made my mood for today. Tfs.
ikeharel (44023) 2013-08-27 4:48
Cemeteries are not my best subject to write about, but i will try to refer to the photojob done here: Nice taken the sun-rays through, sgeded a magical golden tone - yet with a strong bright backlight ahead.
I can understand the approach you managed, with mostly overcast sky's.
Noel_Byrne (13356) 2013-08-27 5:02
The light in this is really superb, and so fitting for a cemetery scene. Its almost like the heavens have opened to welcome those new additions, but there is also something about it being the last light before the fall of darkness, so apt for the scene. The obelisk is a beautiful monument.
Really nice to see you have joined the ranks of ghouls here on TE :)
Love your composition on the whole image too, taking in so much of that spooky sky really adds to the feel.
All the best
mirosu (8130) 2013-08-27 7:14
First many, many thanks for your nice comment. I appreciate it very much. First I was not sure what to write to this photo (the sun light was blending me), only after adjusting my screen brightness I found the beauty of this silent place. I could call it "last sun rays before sleeping". Nicely done. Greetings, Miro
Nicou (105809) 2013-08-27 9:01
très très belle vue e tiamge quel hommage et ce rayonnement du soleil qui donne un aspect très intime sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
krzychu30 (12689) 2013-08-27 11:43
I see you follow in Noel´s footsteps:) to shot against the sun.But I must say it´s a really successful approach to this kind of photography!
The bright sunlight and sunbeams we can clearly see create here on the cementary really unique,almost mystic atmosphere.So,you´ve found I think the best place to try this kind of shots out.
Love the mood of the scene!
Great work my friend!
Have a good day
limielski (2571) 2013-08-27 12:06
I like the rays of the Sun. Very difficult light conditions to take photos. Congratulation. Well done It's an artwork. Excellent framing.
jhm (127995) 2013-08-28 4:05
I looked with a lot attention to your workshop picture.
Sorry, but I believe your second picture is the most beautiful.
Notwithstanding both on the cemetery taken.
Sharpness and clarity be superb.
Also the tombstones makes these picture very attractive.
Excellent composition, lovely presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
EstudioChispa (1694) 2013-08-28 8:52
Well done shot, sir -- great sky, great rays from a well-framed sun, and good details in the shadows. A good result from a technically challenging setting! Knight by Day, indeed.
ACL1978 (6497) 2013-08-29 20:13
Great detail on the name here, Jason, even if it was only discovered after the fact. And you caught the sun just right, partially obscured by clouds so it isn't overwhelming, but still very bright with really nice rays. Almost a religious air to this one, given the subject matter especially.
macjake (45588) 2013-09-06 6:14
clever title! and how fitting to have the 'knight' right!
I think i've mentioned to you before about my dislike for photographing towards the sun, i just can't seem to bring myself up to doing it - of course having an eye condition which has already lead to 1 eye surgery doesn't help the matter!! Unfortunately more surgeries in the future too, but what can you do! enough about me lol
I'm not just saying it to be 'nice' but shooting into the sun here did work in the end, because of the subject content, the lighting and mood totally go together.
and i couldn't agree more, lets stay on the upside of this plot of land!!
as for the Titans...its an easy connection.
In the Canadian Football League the CFL, Warren Moon was the QB for Edmonton and won 4 Grey Cups, or Super Bowls for the NFL. and Edmonton was my favorite CFL team....then Warren went to the NFL and joined the Houston Oilers...thats how it all started :)
(they won't win 7 games this year lol)