Jay Joseph  

Lake View Cemetary by Jay Joseph

January 2020 - Lake View Cemetary

January 2020 - Jay Joseph


About the Image(s)

This is a photograph from Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland Ohio. It is 285 acres (115 hectares), and opened in 1869. It is still in use today. Many of Cleveland’s more well-known residents are buried here, including John D. Rockefeller, James A. Garfield (20th President of the United States) and Elliot Ness. There are over 110,000 grave sites here ranging from huge tombs to simple headstones. It is a unique place that has bus tours, concerts, bird walks, weddings and 5k runs. This is a photograph taken on a cold and snowy day, 27 degrees Fahrenheit (-2 C) with a wind chill of 7 F (-13 C). This is a sculpture on the gravesite of the person who is buried there. His left foot is on his headstone which is covered with snow. I just did a few adjustments in Photoshop to brighten it up. Pentax K-1, f1.6, 50mm, ISO 100, 1/4000. Used a fast shutter speed to try and capture the snowflakes in motion.

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6 comments posted

Trey Foerster   Trey Foerster
I like how you put the person on the 1/3 vertical and the snowflakes are brilliant! My only suggestion would be to crop the top to match the height of the snow at the bottom. Also, the snow could be whiter. Overall, a nice moody image.   Posted: 01/06/2020 09:45:55
Jay Joseph   Jay Joseph
Thanks Trey. I just read that you should set your exposure compensation to +1 when photographing snow. I will try it next time.   Posted: 01/13/2020 14:02:35

Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
Jay, what a great story-telling image. Absolutely first rate. Please forgive me but I'm going to be super picky. I would dearly love to see that snow line not go through the top of the statue's head. Can I offer a suggestion? I'm assuming you composed this one by looking through the view finder, which is very normal and the expected way to go. With your 50mm lens you have a great image with adequate "breathing room" around your subject. Digital photography is wonderful, in that it costs nothing except time and you get instant results. So next time you're faced with this predicament, how about holding the camera straight up at arms length above your head and shooting down from a slightly elevated viewpoint, while still standing safely on two feet. It might take 3 or 5 shots to get the one you want, but you will soon get the hang of it. Just alter the angle of your camera angle slightly until you are happy. I use this trick when shooting flower beds and I want to get some separation between the flowers. It can also be used in many other scenarios where you want that separation in some elements in the image. The biggest challenge is when you are out with a group of other photographers and do it, try not to laugh too much when some of the others start trying it as well.   Posted: 01/11/2020 20:36:52
Jay Joseph   Jay Joseph
Thanks for the suggestions Ian. I need to take a more critical look at my composition, because I didn't even notice the horizon going right through the head of the statue. A good learning lesson, thanks for the input.   Posted: 01/13/2020 14:59:49

Cyndy Doty   Cyndy Doty
Jay - I have to agree with both Trey and Ian, who have valid points. I do like the story of your image. Your capture of the snowflakes imply movement in the image. The image could be more well lit, in my opinion, either through PS or with an off camera flash at the time of capture.   Posted: 01/13/2020 09:08:45
Jay Joseph   Jay Joseph
Thanks for the suggestions. I did just read about taking snow photos (unfortunately after this month's photo) they said to turn the exposure compensation to +1 when in the snow. I will try it next time.   Posted: 01/13/2020 15:04:09