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English Gravestones by Piers Blackett

June 2020 - English Gravestones

June 2020 - Piers Blackett


About the Image(s)

Last spring my B&B was in a village called North Nibley in the Cotswolds. The image was shot at 1/250, f/13, ISO800, 28mm on a Sunday morning. The gravestones are late nineteenth century and the local church had apparently run out of space so that the local residents have them close to their front doors. To bring out the graves as the topic of interest, I brightened and saturated the houses using a Topaz preset; cleaned up the image with Lightroom and used Topaz Denoise AI. There was extensive fungal damage on the granite which was cleaned with a combination of cloning and spot removal. The graves were darkened by using a black and white layer of a duplicate image and brushing with 50% opacity. I expect the residents had adjusted to the view; if not they can walk about a hundred yards down the road on the right to the Black Horse Inn for a pint of beer and good lunches and dinners.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
8 comments posted

Brenda Monahan   Brenda Monahan
I love old cemeteries and graveyards.

I think removing the damage takes from the age of the stones; I rather like how they appear in the original image, but am not sure how those would look with the edits to the houses, which I like.   Posted: 06/12/2020 07:07:59
Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Thanks. Here is the image without the B&W layer, but with slight darkening of the graves because the fungal spots tended to reflect light; also I de-saturated the road and parts of the graves which came out as too blue with Topaz.   Posted: 06/12/2020 09:25:09
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Brenda Monahan   Brenda Monahan
This edit looks great.   Posted: 06/12/2020 12:14:30

Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
Cotswolds seems like it would be an interesting place for visiting, and I am sure the residents would appreciate your clean-up in person. I think your image has great charm, and I like the way you saturated the buildings. The path is inviting me to come walk to see more. I do agree with Brenda in liking the original headstones. I feel the soft tones would make a nice contrast to your edited buildings. Wish we could enlarge the image to read the headstones! Love the history.   Posted: 06/12/2020 15:19:04

Harry M. Stuart   Harry M. Stuart
Great image with the homes - whose residents probably look out over their ancestors. I have no issue with either the submitted or the reworked image,   Posted: 06/17/2020 19:02:40
Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Thanks. The only date I could find was 1888 but others seem much older.   Posted: 06/18/2020 09:08:56

Hung Phan   Hung Phan
A lot of works you did in your picture.I like everything in the picture.A very nice picture I think!   Posted: 06/18/2020 16:45:31
Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Thanks. Not really much work, just saturation and selective decreasing exposure and then de-saturation for blue.   Posted: 06/18/2020 21:47:52