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Acton Cemetery: Various Wavelengths

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#1 OlDoinyo


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Posted 09 September 2017 - 03:42

The historic Acton Cemetery contains the graves of a few notable personages, including that of the mother of the poet Yeats, and that of George Lee Temple, a pioneer of British aviation who was said to have been the first man to stand upside down on an airplane wing in Britain. On a damp, drizzly day in September, as airliner after airliner roared overhead on the way out of Heathrow to points various, it was instructive to reflect on things as they were a century ago, when aviation was something new and adventurous--and dangerous.

Temple's grave is marked by what looks like a Carrara angel, one of six in this immediate area of the graveyard (note the characteristic pose with the right arm upraised and the left grasping an object.) Here is the UV depiction, taken with the Sony A900 with the Steinheil Cassar-S 50mm lens set at f/16 and the Baader U2 filter. Display intent is BGR.

Attached Image: GLT-CA-UV j small ex DSC00041.jpg

Wind-driven rain droplets on the filter marred this image a bit, as can be seen here. There is little or no chromaticity. There is also no evidence of painted stars on the wings, as was seen in the example from North Carolina.

Placing a B+W 093 filter on the lens and working it up as a monochrome produces the next image. I tinted it for effect.

Attached Image: GLT-CA-IR j small ex DSC00043.jpg

The text on the base is most clearly brought out in this treatment, but the statue itself is somewhat lost against the background of trees. The headstones under the trees in the background are more prominent in this treatment.

Placing a Tiffen #12 filter on the lens and working it up as an IRG with Pixelbender produces yet another version:

Attached Image: GLT-CA-IRG j small ex DSC00045p.jpg

The red appearance of the stonework is presumably due to the fact that the biofilm encrustation on the stone is IR-bright. In some ways, I think this imaging choice worked the best.

I close with another IRG image from the shooting session, taken a few meters away but facing a different direction:

Attached Image: Secret Catalogue j small ex DSC00049p.jpg

#2 Andrea B.

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Posted 10 September 2017 - 15:30

Headstones are always such a good subject in any wavelength.

I'm enjoying the last foto for its diagonals. And trying to name the colors. "Red and pink" seems too plain for such a photogrpahic outcome. Cerise and magenta? :)
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#3 Shane


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Posted 17 September 2017 - 20:00

Graveyards and graveyard angels - love them in B&W IR.