Don York  

Bellfountaine Cemetery by Don York

June 2022 - Bellfountaine Cemetery

About the Image(s)

My June submission was taken in Bellfountaine Cemetery in St Louis, on a bright sunny Sunday morning, after the Fire Department had to use bolt cutters to open the gates and let us in. The Security chap had locked the keys to the gate in his car which was also locked - Great way to start a Photo Shoot!

The attached image was taken with a sensor modified Sony Alpha 6000 in infrared at 850 nM, at 1 /400 sec, ISO 500. Since this was taken last weekend, the white trees are a product of infrared effects, not snow. I am slowly becoming addicted to infrared photography.

5 comments posted

Jerry Snyder   Jerry Snyder
Don, the IR treatment enhances this is a peaceful scene. The winter appearance of the white leaves and grass lend a definite coolness to the photo. The dark areas and writing on the obelisk have the appearance of a calotype print. Nicely done. Have fun with your IR camera.   Posted: 06/09/2022 18:02:37

John Roach   John Roach
Very nice perspective. To my eye the white leaves could be sharper, however the overall tonality gives the image a wonderful peaceful place.   Posted: 06/19/2022 20:55:40

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
It's odd how different things attract different people. I'm sorry but I still dislike nearly all IR shots. They look false with no benefit over a standard mono to me.

Compositionally, I wonder if the obilisk is best shown off with the trees behind it? Would it have been clearer with the sky behind it?   Posted: 06/20/2022 04:42:26

Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
I like the place you shot from, it seems to be very pleasing the way it depicted the grave stones. It is true that the pinnacle of the obelisk is against a busy part of the flowers. Perhaps that could be worked on a bit. I like what the IR did to the graveyard and stones. It is an unnatural look but photography does not need to look natural for most things we use it for.   Posted: 06/20/2022 14:55:18

Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
To me, your IR rendition is dark and mysterious, which is appropriate for a cemetery. I like the obelisk against the texture of the leaves but would remove the bit of branch that merges with the tip.   Posted: 06/20/2022 16:51:10


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