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Bill Bloom (#47321231)
 member for 4 years, 5 months, 9 days
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Bio Photo I am continuing the family tree research that my father started - he did a great job of researching and gathering quite a bit of information, and I regret not paying more attention to his work. I track the tree using Legacy and our Find A Grave memorials. I'm located in Morton, Delaware County, PA.

I'm in this to help people find their ancestors and family. Having quality photos of the stones and markers for your family to view now and for future generations is important, so I take this seriously. What is the point of taking a photo of a stone or plaque if you cannot easily read the inscription? There is nothing more frustrating than having a photo posted with the inscription obscured by overgrowth, leaves, mud, ice or snow, or if the photo is too small to be readable! Also, there are professional organizations, like the Daughters of the American Revolution, that rely on these photos for verification of claims, and they cannot use photos with unreadable inscriptions. Taking the time to do them right shows that we respect the families and the people they have memorialized. I am preaching (ranting?) here in the hope that my advice will help other volunteer photographers.

Tips for good photos:
1. Take the time to clean up whatever is blocking the inscription, but do no physical changes or cleaning that may damage the markers in any way. I keep a pair of grass trimmers, small whisk broom, garden knife, spray bottle of water and a roll of paper towels with me. Water can bring out some inscriptions, and combined with paper towels is pretty good for removing bird poop. A bottle of hand sanitizer is also advised.
2. Shoot with a high resolution and reduce it to just below the 3MB limit for posting it so that viewers will have a large enough inscription to read.
3. Get in close and as level as possible with the stones and markers (kneeling is allowed :-)) so you can easily read the inscriptions. Don't make them look like they were taken from satellite (we have Google Earth for that).
4. If the stone is in shadow, try using forced flash, also called fill flash, on your camera.
5. Shoot the FULL plaque or stone - these are often ornate and beautiful. Take a close up of the inscriptions if you feel the full shot won't be adequately readable. Browse my photos - I practice what I preach.

Please let us know if you are not happy with any of the photos we provide. Ask us to retake a photo if you'd like a different angle, less shade, grass/weeds/snow/ice removed that may be obstructing the inscription, and so on. These are for YOU, not us.

I take GPS readings at graveside and post them on the memorials (in the Plot GPS fields). Just by clicking the GPS link, you're able to zoom in from satellite and see the actual cemetery and plot. If you have a portable GPS and no map of the cemetery, use the coordinates to take you right to the grave when visiting. Try it out!
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Messages left for Bill Bloom (510)[Leave Message]
Stephen Keefe
Thanks very much!
Thanks for the great photos of Clarence and Mary Sparks' gravestone. I really appreciate it. Steve Keefe
Added by Stephen Keefe on Dec 09, 2014 8:26 PM
Bill Daugherty
Hi Bill,

Thanks for the Oliver Gaul photo.

Bill D.
Added by Bill Daugherty on Dec 09, 2014 6:51 AM
Benjamin Jackson
Thanks so much for your efforts on my behalf in locating Benjamin Jackson's gravesite.
Added by Chris on Dec 08, 2014 9:01 PM
Charles Morgan Photos
Thanks so much for the pictures!
Added by kck on Dec 07, 2014 2:36 PM
William Dawson
Hello Bill, thank you so much for taking the time to fulfill my request for a photo. I truly do appreciate your help...Patti
Added by Patricia on Dec 07, 2014 12:39 PM
Russ Pickett
Corp Charles Franklin Morgan
Hi Bill, Thank you very much for the "Great Photos" for Corporal Morgan. He surely deserves the recognition for what he did for us all!

( He is also noted on the below webpage with a link to his grave )

Thanks My Friend,
Russ Pickett 46575736
( Vietnam Army Veteran - Sergeant )
Added by Russ Pickett on Dec 07, 2014 3:42 AM
Mark D Anderson
RE: Media Cemetery Worrells

I appreciate the photos and advice - many thanks!

Best regards,

Mark D Anderson
December 6, 2014
Added by Mark D Anderson on Dec 06, 2014 11:35 AM
Chris Szczepanski
Photo of John "Jack" Sherman
Thank you for spending the time and effort in taking the photograph for me.



Added by Chris Szczepanski on Dec 06, 2014 1:01 AM
Dave B
James Merritt
Thanks for the photo.
Added by Dave B on Dec 05, 2014 6:57 PM
Leigh Miller
Elizabeth Hulstine
Thank you so much for fulfilling my request for this headstone photo. Your time & effort is greatly appreciated! Leigh
Added by Leigh Miller on Dec 05, 2014 3:52 PM
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