I had something completely different in mind to upload, but since I’m only a couple of pictures removed from the short series I posted of a local cemetery, I was prompted to go with one more I had in the archives. After seeing Russ’s most recent post, I couldn’t resist wanting to share this one today.
After walking all the way from Pier 39 (Fisherman’s Wharf) to the Golden Gate Bridge, I was thrilled to see a tourist trolley bus that would get me back to the city center and off my feet for a while. :) Without much time to think from being in constant motion, I set the camera to “auto” and hoped for the best! This was taken in transit while driving past the San Francisco National Cemetery, which is on the grounds of the Presidio, a park and former military base on the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula and part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
Situated in the northern center of the Presidio, these grounds offer a breathtaking final resting place for the nation's military veterans and their families. Framed by Monterey Cypress and other majestic trees, the cemetery sits on a slope overlooking the bay. Among the 30,000 Americans laid to rest here are Civil War generals, Medal of Honor recipients, Buffalo Soldiers, and a Union spy.
The Department of Veterans Affairs attends to gardening at the cemetery as well as the cleaning of tombstones. Even in a quick pass, it’s an impressive display and reminder of those that served their country.
Thanks for taking a look.
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lousat (64197) 2013-09-06 3:52
Hi Jason,it looks a pic taken by bus or car wathcing the moving effect below,a nice capture of this war cemetery,i visited the italian one in Egypt and i remember the very strange and sad atmosphere,great idea for an interesting pic,especially in these days close to a new war,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
ikeharel (44023) 2013-09-06 3:56
You amanged a swift action to collect this view, from a moving bus - and yet, result is fairly adequate to show the cemetry.
Good DOF, incredible number of grave-stones in the same texture and on pattern.
Shaded by the big cypress trees, made a fine light & shadows mingle.
timecapturer (37068) 2013-09-06 4:51
that is some walk! I did it a couple of years ago and it is a long way especially if you are carrying camera equipment. Mind you it does take in some amazing views across the bay (if not fogbound ;-)). I like the symmetry here and is an effective sweeping shot that works perfectly. I must have blinked and missed this on my way back into town. An impressive and beautifully kept cemetery.
Wishing you a great weekend - Brian.
Rain here today! Expect you are basking in a balmy upper 30's C (100F in old money). Good job I cut the lawns yesterday, which my back is now telling me was a bad idea! B.
limielski (2571) 2013-09-06 5:06
You took this photo in a very creative way. The blurred FG is an excellent idea.
Superb composition. Cemeteries are rather saw places but this cemetery doesn't give such impression.
Have a nie day!
Noel_Byrne (13356) 2013-09-06 6:52
Just like I mentioned on Russ's shot, this is such a sad sight. Each of those a young life snuffed out in some cause or other, and all we have today is an ocean of memorials. It does create a beautiful image, and you capture of it here is very nice indeed.
The fact that there is an element of motion blur in the foreground, while beyond is so perfectly calm and still is a unique way to take a shot like this, a comment perhaps on how life passes by so quickly, while for those who have lived and lost, time stands still.
I can imagine your feeling on finding the trolley bus too, I neglected to take it when I visited Arlington, thinking aaah, I'll be grand. 30 degree heat and a long walk later, I think its the closest I ever came to passing out in public :)
Have a great weekend
serp2000 (33133) 2013-09-06 9:29
I mean similar cemetery. Impressive graphic and so expressive blured foreground.
I think, every nation has own history, patriotic ideology and heroes of the last wars.
But sometime I'd like to be a pacifist and live without the wars. But I know this is not real life.
Well, this is very philosophic theme. May be next time...
Have a good Friday! My week is finished!
jemaflor (74044) 2013-09-06 9:32
well managed, interesting and impressive place, nice light and original result with the movement in the FG.
subhendu_bagchi (21056) 2013-09-06 10:59
though there are some moving effect below the frame I like it. The composition is looking superb for the high POV achieved due to bus's height. Like the rows of the replica of the cemetery, it produced nice graphism here. Excellent use of auto mode, good improvisation of idea in such short time. Tfs.
jhm (127995) 2013-09-07 0:23
Tomorrow I am present on one of the remembrances out of WAR II.
Canadian and Polish solders as us liberators 1944 September 13.
Flanders in Belgium was WAR I or Great WAR and also WAR II a great spectacle with a lot dead soldiers but also a lot citizens as victims.
See these link: http://www.canadamuseum.be/
Excellent composition, with all these crosses.
Sharpness and clarity make these picture nice.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
fabbs99 (11126) 2013-09-07 22:06
I like the manicured looks of the cemetery.A lot of brave men who laid their lives for their country are lying out there.May Allah give them eternal peace.Amen.
ktanska (22658) 2013-09-08 1:48
A stunning picture and a good reminder of stupidity of war. Geometric order looks good under those big trees. And motion blur visible in the foreground adds sort of extra level. I generally don't like shooting from moving vehicle as it means being continuously alert and frustrated by all kinds of obstacles. But here's a couple of images where I myself like a result: a truck and a wreck.
mirosu (8130) 2013-09-09 0:15
First of all accept my thanks for your very nice comments to my latest photo. I appreciate it very much.
How to comment this memorable place. Of course you have captured it in perfect way from excellent viewpoint. The late afternoon (??) soft light is very good, creating nice shades. I saw similar cemetery (but much larger) with American heroes in Normandy, I never forget it.
Thank you for posting it my friend. Greetings, Miro.
krzychu30 (12689) 2013-09-12 3:03
it´s a sad to see how many people had to sacrifice their lives,so that we can enjoy freedom and peace nowadays.But I see it also as a best history lesson for the young generation.
And regarding the picture itself-amazing how excellently you captured the scene from a Sightseeing bus.I´ve also tried to take some lately on Malta,but couldn´t take not even one picture,that would be reasonable:)
Wish You a nice day