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Why do cemeteries have gates?

Post by Matt Quinn » Tue Dec 26, 2017 9:02 pm

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Post by Charles Haacker » Wed Dec 27, 2017 1:53 am

Don't laugh. I Googled it. You are not the first to ask, although I had never thought of it. There are many suggestions, some metaphysical, most practical, such as keeping the livestock away from the graves, and simple, such as marking the cemetery boundary. Regardless, you have made a lovely, evocative picture. :thumbup:
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Post by St3v3M » Wed Dec 27, 2017 5:23 am

I love the leading line drawing me to the flag in the middle. The trees make a beautiful background! S-
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Post by Duck » Wed Dec 27, 2017 8:43 am

Because people are dying to get in! :rofl:
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Post by Matt Quinn » Wed Dec 27, 2017 1:13 pm

Thanks Chuck, Steve and Duck. Curiously, this is the cemetery for a United Methodist Church but the central feature is the American Flag.

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Post by LindaShorey » Wed Dec 27, 2017 2:07 pm

An eye-catching perspective; I like it. Got a good chuckle over Chuck's running to Google. Mr Google has been a close friend of mine for years; what did we ever do without him?? :)
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Post by minniev » Wed Dec 27, 2017 4:05 pm

Matt Quinn wrote:
Tue Dec 26, 2017 9:02 pm
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Nice, Matt, especially that little slightly brighter pathway that leads to the flag. It has that winter feel to it that suggests cold. If this is near you, you could also experiment with blending two versions, one with the fence in focus and one with the scene in focus, just as an alternative to emphasize the fence detail without giving up the detail of the scene.

BTW, the old family cemetery on my land has a MOAT! No fence, but a moat with a small bridge. Thankfully, a wealthy relative left a trust fund for maintaining the thing so I won't have to pay to keep that up along with everything else I have to find a way to do.
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Post by Matt Quinn » Wed Dec 27, 2017 5:48 pm

minniev wrote:
Wed Dec 27, 2017 4:05 pm
Matt Quinn wrote:
Tue Dec 26, 2017 9:02 pm
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Cemetery gates (1 of 1).jpg
Nice, Matt, especially that little slightly brighter pathway that leads to the flag. It has that winter feel to it that suggests cold. If this is near you, you could also experiment with blending two versions, one with the fence in focus and one with the scene in focus, just as an alternative to emphasize the fence detail without giving up the detail of the scene.

BTW, the old family cemetery on my land has a MOAT! No fence, but a moat with a small bridge. Thankfully, a wealthy relative left a trust fund for maintaining the thing so I won't have to pay to keep that up along with everything else I have to find a way to do.
Thanks, Minnie. Yes, this cemetery is on the way to our grandson's house, so I can stop there again. I was contemplating taking the two shots with the fence then the flag in focus, but this cemetery is flush up against the highway and the holiday traffic was constant. I could always have my bride stand in the road to halt traffic, I guess, but that would be the "for worse" part of our marriage. She suffers my photography too much already to ask that. So, I will await some calmer time and try your suggestion.

I have photos of another cemetery where some Jesuit colleagues are buried; its unique aspect is that all the headstones are the same size, like soldiers "in serried ranks assembled." No distinctions; in death, we are all alike. I will go hunt for them.

I will also hunt for photos of oysters. To be explained...

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Post by Matt Quinn » Wed Dec 27, 2017 5:49 pm

LindaShorey wrote:
Wed Dec 27, 2017 2:07 pm
An eye-catching perspective; I like it. Got a good chuckle over Chuck's running to Google. Mr Google has been a close friend of mine for years; what did we ever do without him?? :)
Thanks Linda. I will try Minnie's suggestion and see what develops. How were your holidays? Matt
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Post by St3v3M » Wed Dec 27, 2017 5:58 pm

Matt Quinn wrote:
Wed Dec 27, 2017 5:48 pm
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I have photos of another cemetery where some Jesuit colleagues are buried; its unique aspect is that all the headstones are the same size, like soldiers "in serried ranks assembled." No distinctions; in death, we are all alike. I will go hunt for them.

I will also hunt for photos of oysters. To be explained...

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Cemeteries make me sad, but I try to visit the Los Angeles National Cemetary at least once a year to pay my respects to the men and women who have sacrificed and gone before. Recently though I was making my way through Utah and came across a famous cemetery of the early Mormons. It was interesting to see how young people passed back then and why.

Oysters, now I'm curious! S-
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