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After a few months of lurking on the site I decided to try to fill some photo requests for my town Colonial era cemetery March 2013. Tough to find with no plot. In the oldest part of the cemetery I found 2 rows of gothic brownstones around 2-3:00 pm and decided to photograph all of them. The thing is, the stones are facing north on a small hill, background is a field, a lot of the stones a small size. Had a lot of backlite glare. Tried earlier 11-12:00, face in shadow, glare in background. I had a large piece of cardboard and tried putting it behind the stone to stop the glare. It worked ok, but try getting the cardboard to stay in a slight wind. Finally one morning I couldn't sleep and managed to get out to the cemetery around 8 am and voila, the sun hits the face of the stone and all is revealed. I had to get there way before 9 am! I finished photographing the 120 stones and by then I might as well do the whole cemetery. Jan 2014 I printed out the Hale Cemetery Inscriptions and added the names I missed. I finished photographing those stones or getting area pics if the stone was no longer there May 2014.|
So the Old Cemetery in East Haven Conn is photographed. See my virtual cemetery of photographic challenges that need a big mirror and a few names I could not find if you want to try your hand at it.
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|Robert Adlet||Elizabeth Brockett Grannis|
Thank you for taking the time to get just the right photo of this gravestone. I really appreciate it.
|Mona Rhone||Montowese Cemetery|
Thank you Suzanne. I have deleted the duplicate memorial.
|The Todd's of Scotland||Daniel Dayton|
Thank you, made the correction you requested
Thank you for bringing the duplication to my attention! I have taken care of that along with your edits.
Added by Heidi on Mar 06, 2015 2:36 PM
Thanks for your link...will do it next.
I wanted to tell you that I live in eastern CT and also often go several different times of the day to get just the right amount of sun for a good gravestone photo. There is so much information to be gleaned from the writing on the gravestone. Amazing that some photographers...and I use the term loosely...take a gravestone photo not caring about the sun/shadows etc and have unreadable gravestones...but their numbers are great...apparently all they care about!!
Keep up the excellent work!!
Added by Sara on Mar 04, 2015 11:38 AM
|Jan Franco||RE: Cemetery Gate Shots|
|Joneta Burke||Sun glare|
I read your bio. and you might find it convenient to carry a umbrella with you when you take pictures. It might be easier to manage than moving the cardboard around. I find that it cuts back on the glare when taking pictures on sunny days. If you use a heavy camera you might need a second person with you to maneuver the umbrella.
|Patrick J. O||Henry Curtis and Buford Brice Curtis|
Susanne, Thanks so much for the photos of Henry and Buford Curtis' grave markers. I knew that they had to be buried in the Fairview Cemetery, but had no official records of this other than the book by Henry's son that said his father was buried there. This has been a very successful search because of the pictures you took for us. They are greatly appreciated.
Thank you for all your hard work. Quite a job!
Lois Smith (Old Cemetery East Haven #112201865) should read death as:16 Jul 1792. I'd appreciate it if you could correct it.
|Sally Davis||Abigail and Samuel Sackett|
Thank you so much for making my updates on my ancestors. Sadly, they've been long forgotten and I also thank you for making their memorials.
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