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Thursday, 16 November 2023


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Hi Mike,

Somewhat reminiscent of some of the scenes in that old Carey Grant film "Arsenic and Old Lace".

For me, anyway... I can hear Peter Lorre in my head as I write this. He always played the same part, but wonderfully.

Hollywood's 'stock creep'. Rick... Rick!

All you need is an owl or a vulture in one of the trees, and it's Halloween perfection.

That's a terrific one! Inky blacks, and the tree limb near the right side even looks spooky.

Great job! (Glad you went back and had similar conditions to the first viewing!)

Understanding you know a thing or two about photographing, and looking at the straightness of the trees, the tipping and leaning of so many of those markers in remarkable, and sad.

That liminal moment between day and night has long been my favorite. I don't tend to photograph in it though -- I just enjoy it. You've captured that feeling perfectly though: the crystal clarity of the leafless branches against the edge of the fading day.


A truly lovely photograph, well worth your effort to take a chance on going back 24 hours later. You see Halloween, I see Christmas for the dearly departed.

From a technical viewpoint, I would say that Sigma 24mm lens really does its job excellently. Sorry, techno speak is not my strong suit. :)

[It's the 45mm ƒ/2.8:



I hope you get "explored" with this one. It really deserves it. Great photo!

Brilliant. Would make an excellent print. Speaking of which, any update on your print sale ?

An interesting take on a cemetery scene. Almost like a cutout silhouette. If only you could have gotten a guy holding a reaper to lean against one off those trees.


Nicely done!
It was well worth the time that you spent thinking about the scene, planning the photograph, making the return trip and sharing this wonderful image.


Wonderful! Goes to show you gotta try, even if the odds seem low. Thanks for sharing.

Wow. Just Wow!

I think this is the best of your pictures that you have shared, so far.

I gather this would be the dead center of town?

[It's sort of on the outskirts of the town of Benton, which itself is only a bit more than a crossroads. I think Benton is actually a town with no traffic lights, but I'm not sure. --Mike]

Wow, good job going back for it, but even more so seeing it in the first place, super good, super impressive! Thank you for sharing.

Sometimes there's an image that just stops you in your tracks. The trick is always capturing and conveying that "stop you in your tracks" feeling. You've done that brilliantly ... composition, tonality and mood.

I Bow To You Sir. WELL DONE!

When I see your shot, I don't see Halloween. But I see stones that invite a closer look at those names of loved ones that came and went. I see history. They make me wonder how many of these persons did something significant that has become legacy. In some measure, those stones are "alive" and they each tell a story.

I ordinarily don't comment about on-line photos, but this one is very nice.

I never thought that I would write about the Rule of Thirds, but one could plausibly argue that the photo even follows the Rule of Thirds despite the dark conifer in the middle: there is a wide bright channel to the left 1/3 vertical and very large, detailed tree on the right 1/3 vertical, which definitely attracts the eye with its strong filigree. The lower bright horizon band, as well as the upper fade to black area are also approximating the horizontal 1/3 lines.

It is like the Anti-Moonrise over Hernandez, New Mexico.

This really deserves to be seen as a print, just lovely.

Now go back at sunrise, or just before.

That's very nice. The proximity of the grave markers, I guess we're seeing them at a range of distances but compressed into one image layer visually, is great, and those fairly harsh, blocky shapes against the trees.

As has been mentioned already, the number of severely leaning gravestones is sad.

I think you missed the dead center (cemetery) of town pun

Left field and random, I know. My question is, is there a use in B&W photography, for a Colorchecker Passport?

I agree with Jim. This is a very moving image.

Very nice! Do you use the Sigma-M with a support or handheld? I ask because I'm wondering how the LVF-11 is when handheld?

Home run

Hi Mike, thank you for sharing your thoughts in response to my comment. Yes, there is an elegiac quality to some of your recent work and it's interesting to know where it might be coming from. In any case, it's well served by the BW tonality you're getting. Though that also reminds me that I noticed long ago your particular ability (interest? affinity?) around twilight and dusk.

At the risk of chasing away your muse, here's a ray of hope from a leading climate scientist:


(h/t to Lawyers Guns and Money blog).

Had to smile at your update about Photoshop because I'd been thinking how this picture could use some Photoshop to make it look less fantastic and more believable! I don't think the title is helping here.

I like the image, but I can't help feeling that it seems to go against what I've always thought was your B+W aesthetic. Which was, I assumed, to be about continuous tones, low key etc. Here we have basically a silhouette against a graduated background

I keep expecting to see the children from The Night of the Hunter running across this scene.

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