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Hollywood Cemetery and Richmond, VA Architecture

Hollywood Cemetery and Richmond, VA Architecture

Hollywood Cemetery angel

Hollywood Cemetery angel

Early this morning Donna and I traveled to Hollywood Cemetery to shoot some first-light images of grave markers for a self-assignment, prompted by an earlier shoot a few weeks earlier. The weather prediction showed it would be a perfect day to capture black & white images. It was.

Thursday I had called the cemetery office to see how early I would be permitted inside the gate. A nice lady said if the workers had the gate open I would be welcome inside. We got there about 7:15 am, and the gates were open. Sunrise was 7:37 am, and it was 47 degrees with no humidity, crystal clear sky, and strong side-light. We saw some amazing stone work and captured some nice images, all in a couple of hours.

Donna also wanted me to shoot some architectural images on Monument Avenue, so earlier in the week I used SunCalc to determine what time I should be  there for the best morning light. Deep blue sky, no wind, abundant parking on a Saturday(!), and a beautiful city in which to choose locations made my job easier.


It seems to me that photography is largely just a commodity, now. In this day of iPhone snaps and selfies I find myself falling back in love with black & while images. I think they are more difficult to capture than color. The light must be right, composition and contrast are very important, and vibrant color (without meaningful content) cannot carry you.

I love shooting the Sony a7r. I planned to WI-Fi tether to my iPhone or Android tablet to check exposure and composition, but neither was necessary, as shooting WYSIWYG with the Sony is outstanding (and too easy!). The images were captured with Nikon lenses, but I sure wish I had a macro and a 300mm! Anyway, below are some edits from Lightroom 5 and Nik Silver Efex Pro 2. Enjoy!

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Death of the Righteous

Hollywood Cemetery

While in Richmond, VA this weekend, photographing for Sigma Phi Epsilon, our tour bus visited Hollywood Cemetery. There we saw the grave of William Lazell Phillips (“Uncle Billy”), one of the founders in 1901 and a man who devoted his entire adult life to SigEp. While there I was struck by the beauty of the cemetery. The following day Donna and I spent about an hour there on a self-tour. I was impressed by the geometry of the monuments, certainly, but mostly by the engraved sentiments testifying to the quality of the people buried there.

I shot just a couple of images, but I will return. Enjoy and please read the image captions. These were amazing men!


The grave of Anton Osterbind, who died in 1820. From his tombstone “”The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips; he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity. Malachi 2:6”


Albert Lawrence West died in 1892. On the tall obelisk His inscription reads, “Tender and faithful at home; not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.”

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Back in the Saddle

Charlottesville downtown mall photography

I said I would share why I have been away from photography. The short version is that I had prostate cancer and surgery in November 2013. Please visit my new blog Dead Man Walking to find out the whole story. I now have a passion to help other men going through PCa, so please share!

Back to photography now!

It has been too long since I have felt like shooting. Fortunately, a friend needs some images for his new business site. (Thanks, Sean!) I started capturing some Charlottesville downtown mall photography last night. Thanks to my wife and dog who endured a too-late evening!

Charlottesville downtown mall photography - nTelos Wireless Pavilion.

Charlottesville downtown mall – nTelos Wireless Pavilion.





Charlottesville downtown mall photography at dusk - The Downtown Grille

Charlottesville downtown mall photography at dusk – The Downtown Grille

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