Sheep Labor

Visited an old cemetery outside of Philadelphia this weekend…. and passed about 100 others. This area is a taphophile’s paradise!  The reason we actually visited this one is that the lawn is maintained by three sheep, and why wouldn’t you go to a cemetery that has sheep!  I couldn’t actually get close enough to pet them (though I tried!), so I just have to imagine how soft they feel when I look at the photos.

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a warm and sunny cemetery

A long time ago, a Flickr contact sent me directions to a couple old Jewish cemeteries that, while being less than 10 miles from my house, I would have never ever found on my own. It took forever for me to get around to them, but last weekend I finally made it and had a bit of fun. There were three cemeteries next to each other in fenced off sections, each a mix of old and new graves. Being Jewish cemeteries, it was a nice change from the crosses and angels that I typically find. I look forward to going back this autumn, there are so many trees I suspect the colors will be wonderful!

Allegheny National Cemetery- Statue Edition

I get a bit self-conscious photographing live models… much prefer the ones in stone.

Allegheny National Cemetery- Wildlife Edition

After the walk down Penn Ave and togging the neighborhood (seen here), our group ended up at the Allegheny National Cemetery.  I’m always amazed at how much wildlife you run into in Pittsburgh cemeteries, so this post is about all the life in the cemetery.  Not as many geese as I ran into awhile back at the Homewood Cemetery, but there were a lot of deer.  It started with me noticing one little fellow wondering along.  We played a bit of peek-a-boo as I tried to get closer and closer… and then the next thing I know is there were like 15 deer on parade!  I also tried to get close get close enough to get some nice photos of a hawk, but he flew away too quickly.  The one here is one helluva crop, but still not bad imo.

 

B&A- Rusty old fence

For this week’s B&A, I have chosen to show you how I processed a fence photo that I took in the Beard-Green Cemetery in Dawes Arboretum in Newark, Ohio.   The cemetery is quite small, maybe 50 graves are so (if you want to see more of the cemetery, please check my previous post).  This fence surrounds one of the larger monuments.   Three sides are still standing perfectly upright, but of course, I find this angle of the broken down fence, overgrown with life, to be much more interesting.

The day was overcast and rainy, in fact I took this shot about 10 minutes before it started to pour down rain.  Overall, I feel it’s a bit dark and you don’t really get a sense of the nice rusted texture of the iron and I needed to crop up the sides slightly just to clean up the composition.  I tried a few Lightroom presets, but eventually went with Sarah-Ji’s Gingko.

To finish it off, I really wanted it to be a touch more golden and I love using textures to give some subtle depth and well, texture, to the photo.  I wanted to enhance that old feel, so I added the “Ancient Urban” texture from French Kiss textures (it’s a freebie when you sign up!).  To get this look, I duplicated the photo layer and sandwiched the texture between them.  The texture was an blended as an Overlay at 60-70% and while the top photo layer was blended at Soft Light 80-90%.  And here’s what I ended up with…

Beard-Green cemetery

Had to make an unexpected trip to Ohio last weekend– on the way back to Pittsburgh, I decided to stop at Dawes Arboretum to take a few photographs.  I was excited to visit because I had seen that there was a cemetery in the woods.  The Beard-Green cemetery is the final resting place for the two founding families of Licking County, where the arboretum is located.  My visit was cut short by a downpour, so fortunately I headed straight to the cem before becoming enthralled by other areas of the park.  A return visit is a must!