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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Riverside National Veteran's Cemetary

I'm going to warn you now - This post if going to be FULL of pictures. 
After I got a B on my composition project I decided I was going to redo it. One of the critiques I got was a lack of emotion so I decided I was going to make sure to capture emotion this time. Plus I had always wanted to take pictures here. I dropped the twins off at their preschool and drove over to the Riverside National Veterans Cemetery.  
My first stop was my Mother-in-Law's grave site. She passed away 6 months after Hubby and I got married.  I don't go over there anywhere near as often as I would like even though it's only about 10 minutes from our house. I had to call Hubby when I got there to find out where her grave was. I knew the general location but not exactly where. After walking around for a little while, two cell phone location pictures sent to Hubby and him going to Google Maps, it turns out I was in the right spot I just needed to turn around and walk down one row. She was an amazing woman and I am sad I didn't get much time to get to know her. Its also really hard for me because my children never got to meet their grandma. My littlest is a redhead just like her grandma and from what I've been told has the same spunk she had. (We're in for a wild ride with her ;) )
ISO 1600 F-stop 18.0 Shutter speed 1/500
Focal length:43.0mm Subject distance: (no joke this is actually what my Metadata said) Infinity

After getting some pictures at her grave site. I wandered around the cemetery and found this POW/MIA memorial. I had never seen this memorial before and was in awe just standing near it.
ISO 200 F-stop 11.0 Shutter Speed 1/250 
Focal Length: 24.0mm Subject distance: again Infinity(I'm going to have to do some research about this. I'm not sure why it says Infinity)

Next to the memorial was the POW/MIA flag
ISO200 F-stop 11.0 Shutter Speed 1/250
Focal Length: 46.0mm Subject Distant: No Data 

This is a close up of one of the pillars
ISO: 200 F-stop 8.0 Shutter Speed 1/100 Exposure -0.33
Focal Length: 45.0mm Subject Distance: No Data
This one was a little underexposed so I went to Photoshop and adjusted the curves to darken the image. 

I continued walking around the cemetery and saw this plaque. 
ISO 200 F-stop 7.1 Shutter Speed 1/100 Exposure =0.33
Focal Length: 55.0mm Subject Distance: Infinity
This one was also underexposed so I adjusted the curves to darken the image then lowered the saturation of the red/yellow/green

ISO 200 F-stop 10.0 Shutter Speed 1/200 Exposure +0.33
Focal Length: 55.0mm Subject Distance: No data
I also adjusted the curves on this one to darken this image. 

Back toward the entrance of the cemetery was the Veterans Memorial.
ISO 200 F-Stop 8.0 Shutter Speed 1/125 Exposure +0.33
Focal Length: 40.0mm Subject Distance 3.5m
I wasn't happy with the lighting on this one either so I adjusted the curves to again darken the image. 

ISO 200 F-Stop 10.0 Shutter Speed 1/200 Exposure +0.33
Focal Length: 53.0 mm Subject Distance 3.5m

ISO 100 F-Stop 8.0 Shutter Speed 1/100 Exposure +1
Focal Length: 40.0mm Subject Distance: Infinity
I may go back and darken this image a little as well. I haven't decided yet. 

I have such gratitude for the men and women who died for our freedoms. 


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