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Old Jun 24, 2007, 5:59 PM   #1
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I've always found old cemeteries interesting and have been meaning to visit an old cemetery in Hot Springs that was filled with interesting monuments. The vertical challenge provided a perfect excuse so I started this morning examing monuments, many of which were more than a hundred years old. The most common of the "interesting" monuments were all obelisks, many of which, such as this one that marked the hundred-year-old grave of a physician, are no longer in plumb.
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Old Jun 24, 2007, 6:02 PM   #2
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This four-foot statue topped a 20 foot obelisk in the center of a family plot.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"BTW, the white spots in both pics are not blown highlights, but uneven wearing of the granite from which they were carved. The skies were actually quite overcast.
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Old Jun 24, 2007, 7:29 PM   #3
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I like the composition of both shots but both seem to be overexposed.

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Old Jun 24, 2007, 7:57 PM   #4
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Cal, overexposure in the traditional sense of strong lighting reflecting and blowing out, or sun hitting the lens, etc. wasn't a factor. I was shooting to the West on a cloudy morning (before 8am) with no sun out. I have reposted, using shots that were significantly underexposed (see below), and bringing up the light only enough to be able to see details. What appears to be blown highlights are areas of the granite that have worn unevenly.
On the statute, however, the background also appeared to be blown, making me think that, in bringing up levels to be able to see details, I pushed them into distortion. Any suggestions on how to overcome these kinds of contrast issues?

(original of the reposted statue)

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