der Kirschhof, Lutheran cemetery, Birdwood by shallay

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Like many good graves in
this early Lutheran cemetery
at Birdwood (Blumberg, pre-war)
the oldest headstones are
still written in German

Layering in Photoshop


  • Tiznar
    Tiznaralmost 4 years ago

    Gorgeous work! Almost abstract with the broken shards and bits of earth as sky… love it love it!

  • Thanks so much Tiznar, those are adorable words!

    – shallay

  • reflector
    reflectoralmost 4 years ago

    Nice work! Great shot and texture application. It looks like you found some flaking paint there to use for this treatment.

  • No flaking paint reflector, just a combination of photos. The layer modes have brought out part of the background image of a headstone cracked, and laying on the ground. I like this one because it truly caught the feel of the place – thankyou:)

    – shallay

  • reflector
    reflectoralmost 4 years ago

    I can see now that it does look like flaky concrete. It also looks like a wall I found in my city and have overlaid on some beach scenes.

  • Dave Godden
    Dave Goddenalmost 4 years ago

    Great texture and layering – faved

  • Very much appreciated Dave, thankyou!

    – shallay

  • PABarrattArt
    PABarrattArtover 3 years ago

    Feeling of life amongst death & decay in this – like through the cracks of decay, life emerges/through the decay of life, signs of death become obvious.

  • That’s an interesting observation, though to me it just looks like a one-way street – so little green around…quite a bare, hard-clay cemetery!
    Was a cemetery ‘day’ for me, as I was paying respects to kin. I found this one a stark contrast to more ‘recent’ cemeteries with visible flowers & tokens on the graves – a much friendlier, inhabited kind of feeling. Thankyou Paul

    – shallay

  • Jane Keats
    Jane Keatsover 3 years ago

    I love old graves and cemeteries, full of interesting characters and stories – this is a really clever blend of shots!

  • Yes, many stories are buried there, just the barest glimmer of information and then your imagination expands on the rest…thankyou so much Jane

    – shallay

  • sedge808
    sedge808over 3 years ago


  • Yes, happy with this one :) thanks sedge!

    – shallay

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