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Gary & Bobbie Biermann

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It's with a heavy heart that I report the passing of my wife and partner in research. We walked many miles through many cemeteries hoping to make it a little easier for those that could not make the trip.

If you take a photo that seems better than the one we have taken, by all means, post it! The quality and legibility of a photo depend on a lot of things--amount of sunlight, angle of sunlight, shading by trees, time of day, etc. Sometimes we get a good pic and sometimes we don't. A not-so-great pic is better than none at all. If you do post a better picture please let us know and we'll remove the bad one.

Things we try to do (but don't always succeed in doing!)
1) Take pics on a sunny morning. Even a well planned weekend trip hundreds of miles away can still be interrupted by a weekend rain shower.
2) Don't get shoes or other extraneous items/people in the pic!
3) Take the pic so the stone looks level, even if it isn't. It's not so easy to stoop down and take hundreds or thousands of pics anymore. We do the best we can with bad knees.
4) Crop photos before posting so we don't have too much grass and the stone is small and difficult to read. We do crop and straighten as much as we can.
5) Avoid getting a reflection in the stone. Some stones are shinny, it's going to happen.
6) Avoid casting shadows on the stone. Sun comes up in the east and sets in the west, always has.
7) Check all sides of the stone.
8) Photograph the "front" of the stone, not including the "top" at all, unless there is something specific of interest on the top. When the knees won't bend anymore after 600 or 700 photos you're gonna get a few tops.


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