Charles Walker  

Untitled by Charles Walker

November 2020 - Untitled

November 2020 - Charles Walker


About the Image(s)

The Corydon Cemetery sits majestically above the Kinzua Reservoir. The great Seneca Indian leader and warrior Chief Cornplanter is buried there. It is also the location of nearly 100 Seneca graves marked now with small brass plates that were relocated in 1965 when the Kinzua dam created a 24 mile long 120 foot deep lake flooding Seneca land once protected by a treaty signed by George Washington. The homesteads of several Irish families were flooded too and the graves of their ancestors had to be relocated as well. With this image I hoped to capture the feeling one has standing on sacred ground and, as well, some of the emotions that battlefields arouse. I like the energy conveyed by the clouds and sky. I enhanced the details in the sky to contrast the impending storm with the foreboding stillness of the tombstones. In black & white the image was too austere, so a sepia tone filter was added. Camera data: Nikon D7000 (590 nm filter), f/14, 1/640, 40 mm, ISO=400

8 comments posted

Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Hi Charles
Cemeteries often lend to IR treatment, and you have thoughtfully considered the subject matter and the composition. The clouds and the sky are an added bonus which I like immensely. I wondered if removing those little specks of highlighted clouds would help! Just a suggestion!!   Posted: 11/06/2020 19:55:34

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
Wonderful image, Charles. It can often be hard to avoid distracting elements taking a wider shot in a cemetery, but your set up on this feels like the edge of cliff or hill in that there is no background.

I also just love the original version. Even though it's mostly just sky you've cropped out, the larger scene seems to create a sense of vastness, which actually works better for me. That, and the softer treatment of the sky, just make for additional possibilities, I think. I once knew a photographer who kept the red tint in all his IR images, and while it gets old fast, here, the orange hue I find mesmerizing.

Nice image with lots of possibilities!

  Posted: 11/07/2020 14:08:22

John Erve   John Erve
Charles, I think your choice of a panorama works well here as it keeps the focus on what is important, the cemetery and clouds. A wider crop with more of the sky would be nice too. The BW conversion works well with a range of tones.   Posted: 11/07/2020 15:53:07
Charles Walker   Charles Walker
I will try a version adding more sky. Doing this might also pull attention away from the strong clouds on the right side of the image.   Posted: 11/11/2020 16:30:46

Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Chuck, I love me a good cemetery picture, and this sure is one! I like the crustiness seen on the stones making them look really old. Looking at the original, the sky has a different quality, which I like more. I am in the camp of keeping most of the sky as it is so interesting. I think it would the show such solitude. The tones do work here.   Posted: 11/08/2020 11:33:59
Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Yes Melanie, and a crop cutting of some of the left side of the image would also balance the clouds?   Posted: 11/11/2020 16:28:32

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

Thanks for taking the trouble to share with us the backstory of this cemetery. It has a long history

You treated this sacred ground with respect. You placed your camera so that no headstone was blocked and I like the cropping of the sky. It makes the scene more intimate and I can image the clouds as ancestors looking over the cemetery.

Emil   Posted: 11/10/2020 11:38:30

Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Hi Charles,

I really enjoy the visual effect of this's powerful in my opinion. Wonder if you'd consider another alternative view of it...making the overall color balance favor 'blue' and 'cold' or 'dark'...and taking the sky in the areas without cloud to jet black. See if you like this...I'm not suggesting it's preferred to your creation.   Posted: 11/13/2020 07:07:48
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