In this image of the Sacramento Old City Cemetery, the plots are both marked and unmarked with markers placed flat into the ground. This section isn’t anywhere near as old as many other locations but it is old enough to hold the remains of my paternal grandfather. As far as I know, there were two photographs of the man and even my father knew little about him so I suppose it isn’t surprising to find his grave site to be an unmarked patch of grass just a few yards from the road. The maps in the cemetery’s main office aren’t specific enough to find the exact location and that’s strangely saddening to me. I mean, I have no attachment to the bones of a man I never knew (“Knee bone connected to the…leg bone! The leg bone….” Needed a touch of comic relief. OK, I’m better now. :-D ) and my religious faith holds no special meaning for vacated bodies of relatives or otherwise. But I tried to find the spot and couldn’t. It didn’t ‘cant my world’ but canting the shot clearly felt better than the non-canted original, “unmarked 1”.
About the photograph ~~
The shot was taken with my Nikon D60 using the kit 18 – 55 mm VR lens. The full daylight was shot with flat ISO, exposure time of 1/200 and an f-stop of f/4. That created the washed/burnt out background that’s mostly mitigated by the depth of field. But the new part for me was the use of the camera’s flash. Obviously, the D60 didn’t try to use it automatically so I had to turn it on manually. In using it tho, I had a completely different view of the sharp focus foreground: the black iron fence. Instead of being almost a silhouette, the Nikon saw into the structure of the fencing, making the metal welds visible and making the black and white edit MUCH better to work with in PhotoShop Elements.
If I can remember to do it, I’ll be using flash on all my mono-chromatic shots in the future to see what I’ve been missing when just cranking down the aperture and speeding up the shutter in full sunlight. :-)