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Cemetery Across The Lagoon

A marsh feeds this lagoon in the Magnolia Cemetery outside Charleston.

Magnolia started life as the Umbra plantation, became a park style cemetery in 1850 (with this lagoon), then the Civil War brought in hundreds of military casualties. Parts of Magnolia became a large southern military cemetery.

Cemetery Across The Lagoon
Cemetery Across The Lagoon

Stones In Old Black And White

This is an image of an old southern cemetery that on the surface looks to be a simple ‘snap shot’ landscape. And that was the idea behind it. Basically an old style shot of head stones and graves.

Stones In Old Black And White
Stones In Old Black And White

These is a lot to see here so developing/finishing darkroom style was needed. I’m an old black and white photographer so I love doing this work.

The soft, almost gray look and feel is done with a Lightroom pre-set created and saved a few years ago.

Dodge and Burn, the old lighten and darken specific areas played a big part here. Bottom of image foreground was lightened.

Parts of the background were lightly burned to expose hidden/dark iron fences, head stones, and other small details.

When shooting color I rarely bother with small details like here. Monochrome images are based on light and shades so it makes a bigger difference.  It’s just old school darkroom techniques.

Best viewed large.

Charleston, South Carolina.