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Bill Bloom (#47321231)
 member for 5 years, 11 months, 14 days
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Bio Photo I am continuing the extensive family tree research that my father started. I regret not paying more attention to his work. I track the tree using Legacy and am 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 an inscription that obscured by overgrowth, leaves, mud, ice or snow, or too small to be readable? This is also important to 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 here (ranting?) 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 FaG limit for posting it so that viewers will have a large enough inscription to read.
3. Get in as close and level as possible to the stones and markers - don't be afraid to kneel so you can easily read the inscriptions. Don't make your shots 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 photos are for YOU, not us.

I take GPS readings with a handheld Garmin Nuvi 2598 at graveside and post them on the memorials (in the Plot GPS fields) after tweaking the coordinates in Google Maps. Just by clicking the memorial's 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!

And lastly, thank you for all you do to help us out!
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Thank you!
Hi Bill,

Just wanted to say thank you for taking pictures of the Pizza family stone in Chester Rural Cemetery. Michael and Rosalba Pizza are my second great grandparents. Being from Virginia, seeing this would not have been possible without you.

Best wishes,

Added by ACR on Jun 19, 2016 4:30 PM
Thank you so much!
Hi Bill,

Thank you so much for taking photos of my Varlan relatives in the Chester Rural Cemetery! I very much appreciate it, as I am doing research from NY and am not nearby.

Thank you again for your help,

Added by antoniak on Jun 06, 2016 11:32 AM
Calliope George "Callie" Varlan
Hi Bill, I added the grave location and am working on the rest of your modifications. Your photos are terrific. Thank you so much!
Added by Debbie on Jun 05, 2016 8:01 PM
Charles Patterson
Harry Evans

Thanks for your time and wonderful photo, it is very much appreciated.

Charles Patterson
Added by Charles Patterson on Jun 05, 2016 11:28 AM
Kenneth Stith

thank you So much for the photo

Added by Kenneth Stith on Jun 03, 2016 12:03 PM
RE: Beatrice Isaacson Wood #84686270
No, sorry, I don't.
Added by imagal49 on May 31, 2016 5:53 PM
Thank You for the photo of my great grandfather's(x2)
Added by Anonymous on May 29, 2016 12:37 PM
Deborah VanDeveer
Helen Corson
As always, thank you for your time! Do not know why I did not think to request both husband and wife the initially.
Added by Deborah VanDeveer on May 28, 2016 10:05 AM
David Compton
Hello Bill, thank you for the headstone photo and giving me the proper cemetery.
Glad you had a nice day to go out!
Added by Debbie on May 24, 2016 3:19 PM
Mary L
Thank you
Thank you for the speedy reply on the photo request!
Added by Mary L on May 23, 2016 9:02 PM
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