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autumn and tombstones

autumn and tombstones
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Copyright: Danilo Martinez (cunejo200) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2556 W: 83 N: 4926] (20188)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11
Categories: Mood
Camera: Nikon D300, Nikkor 18-200 1:3.5-5.6 ED DX
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Arlington National Cemetery [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-10-20 3:59
Viewed: 2439
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 108
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I live not too far from the Arlington National Cemetery. A very quiet place, I always enjoy a walk here. Autumn and cemeteries always make an ideal photo shoot.

It is the peak of the fall season. The posted image is, however, from last year. Because it was a cloudy day and raining intermittently, I purposely eliminated the sky in the composition. I lost the exif data while processing. I may have slided the saturation scale a bit farther to the right. The tree trunks and branches appear darker because of the moist conditions. The weather forecast this weekend is sunny and pleasant. I can't wait to return to this site.

For a summer view of the cemetery, click on the WS photo which I had previously posted on TE.

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nice, the repetitive white patterns and the wonderful fall colors
on the first tree, the wood turned to black (lot of contrast, i guess) but i like the result

You got the autumn in its best, Danilo!
I am impressed!
Here, I especially like the linear pattern of tombstones, however, without the presence of this giant tree (reflecting so many colors) probably those tombstones won't be get so much attention...but a combination of both as showed in your original work, proved to be a superb impact to your work. Of course, one has to get this great observation first, and you did it!

Wonderful work, my friend!

best regards,

Hi Danilo
Impressive capture and atmosphere
Colors, moods and presentation are amazing

Hi Danilo,
Its photo of today...
Saturated colors, eye catching contrast of green with wite and autumn tones.
Selahattin E

Bonjour Danilo.
Des couleurs automnale parfaite sur une scène pourtant bien triste.
Le point de la prise de vue a été judicieusement choisi.
Bonne journée.

I think there is a symbolism in this shot because the tree is going to sleep the sleep of death and will experience a resurrection next spring. Its death is a beautiful thing however (if death can ever be beautiful) The military who are buried in Arlington often died glorious deaths showing courage and dignity. They too deserve our recognition. many believe they too will experience a resurrection.
warm regards

hi Danilo!
great shot! lovely colors and great composition, i like the positioning of the tree and how it's cropped...
great work...

What a Vivid color you have here sir, image is so crisp and sharp, details are overwhelming,great DOF, color hue tells that it's really Autumn, i just love this one. Thanks for sharing.

Best Regards po,


  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2009-10-20 5:15]

ohhh, what a beauty !!!
Don't know what I like the most here : the graphism or the colours ... wonderful !


Oh wow Danilo .. this is striking! The contrasting colors are so vivid .. those headstones stand out beautifully against that lush green grass, and with the canopy of the huge tree above. Fantastic vantage point and very well composed shot.
Great job

Hi Danilo,
A nice caught of view of autumn scene in Arlington National Cemetery,
great colors of the tree foliage and Excellent point of view..
Wanderful composition on a sad scene...

Hello Danilo,

The tree, with its kindly spreading arms, is carrying the most beautiful canopy of rich, warm autumn colours over the repeating pattern of the white tombstones.
I think you are right about the saturation but, you know, it works really well in this instance.

Have a good day,
Bev :-)

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2009-10-20 6:54]

Hi Danilo
You are right cemetaries are a great place to visit,often meditating while looking around, the quietness a welcome from the daily humdrum.
Rainy conditions do bring out wonderful colors and you made good use of the situation as the shot really conveys the atmosphere.

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2009-10-20 7:30]

Hi Danilo

Marvelous Fall colors, & superb diffused light. I'm not sure if 'good' is the right word for the repetition of the tombstones, considering the loss of life involved, during the World Wars, as evidenced here, but you know what I mean. Compostionally pleasing, but similtaneously a little emotionally disturbing. Tfs!

Great colors details and composition.
Regards Zoran

Dear Danilo
I hope you are good has the strong colours of your good composition. a great graphism and the great saturation of colours works very well here and gives a special mood.
Great to see your photo
My regards

Hello Danilo,a very impressive tree displaying all its' autumn colours.
Quite a poignant shot with the gravestones standing in their rows across the cemetery.Good composition, I like the tight crop with the tree taking 'centre stage'.
Tfs, regards Jean.

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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 256 N: 2110] (13344)
  • [2009-10-20 10:04]

Wonderful composition and well presented.
Great perspective and colours of the leaves.
Beautiful image.
Janek Kloss

Hi Danilo,
Nice composition of the leaves, branches and the tombstones.
The colors are so strong and attractive.


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  • JT50 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 273 W: 6 N: 320] (1524)
  • [2009-10-20 10:25]

Hi Danilo,
Great autumn scene created here.
The orange, the green , the dark trunk
and the white rows of the tombstones
makes this capture eye catching.

Hi Danilo
fabulous canopies over the cemetery.
excellent pov.
perfect capture. clear and clean.
splendid autumn colors.
unique image of hallowed grounds.

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  • kanton Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 854 W: 5 N: 1570] (6756)
  • [2009-10-20 11:22]

Hi Danilo!
Wonderful capture,impressive compo!
Amazing autumnal colours,lighting
and atmosphere!Just perfect dear friend!
Regards and tfs

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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2009-10-20 13:11]

Hi Danilo,

It's been a long time since I last visited Arlington. I remember the first time was right after the Kennedy assasination. Your workshop photo and note are very moving. My son's best friend was assigned to Arlington and may have been one of the military folks present.

The repetition of the graves and symbolism of the dying leaves are well captured. Very sharp and very sad.

Best regards,

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  • harpya Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6058 W: 174 N: 1935] (7534)
  • [2009-10-20 16:53]

Ciao Danilo

I love this landscape,
especially this fall season!
The first cemetery I think the chic
where he is! This place is paradise!
You create a very nice perspective and depth.
Soft is look at the very nice sharpness and clarity.
Very well composition and real colors.

Best regards,


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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2009-10-20 23:44]

Hi dear Danilo,
what a beautiful place and compo.I liked linear patterns of white tombstones.TFS.Necla.

Hello, Danilo -
Great image. Arlington is a solemn place but wonderful for photography because of the peaceful setting and lots of repeating shapes and patterns. Perfect POV here to capture the rows of monuments hugging the subtle contours of the ground. The fall foliage above provides wonderful color. I don't think it is oversaturated. Well done.

Hi Danilo,
I love this shot!
The three is impressive and the authum colours of the leaves are wonderful! Very well done and TFS.

Hi Danilo
Beautiful shot and beautiful color combination
and very nice composed lovely natural colors with many details
well done

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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2009-10-21 5:45]

Hi Danilo,
Your chosen POV is excellent, nice fall colors and the repetition of markers work well. Your colors are quite natural and I imagine this is a good quiet solitude spot. Thanks, Julie

Ciao Danilo, fantastic tree with wonderful warm colors, splendid autumnal composition, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 624 W: 0 N: 993] (4864)
  • [2009-10-21 17:56]

Hi Danilo,
very beautiful indeed. The colours are so fascinating and excellent sharpness. The tight cropping allows good focussing.
Well presented in excellent perspective.
The beauty is well composed in a very attractive way.


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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2009-10-22 3:19]


Fantastique vue autonmale, quel arbre, il est immense, avec ce belle feuilles, ces couelurs, et le tombe blanche en fond, rès belle homme, agranisoe compo.

braove t maitié


hello Danilo
how are you friend?
wonderful shot
great colours, beautiful tree and the white fence. the best autumn shot i have seen Danilo.
natural beauty at its best.

ganda ng composition mo dito Danilo, kuhang kuha mo ang essence ng lugar at kulay ng autumn. Detalyadong detalyado pa. Mabuhay.

Bella imagen otoñal con hojas multicolores bien encuadrada y con fantastica luz y nitidez
Buen trabajo
un saludo

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  • ramon Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 294 W: 39 N: 824] (4058)
  • [2009-10-22 8:10]

Hi Danilo,

Brilliant colors, very nice repeating patterns.
The placement of the tree in perfect, very good metering and delivery of colors...photo of the day indeed.


Hi MF Danilo,

Stunning capture from ANC from great POV which you composed this old tree nicely in the frame with impeccable clarity and great DOF.
TFS and have a nice night MF!


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  • bri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 13 N: 1404] (6384)
  • [2009-10-22 14:28]

Hi Danilo,
Beautiful and sad shot, the autumn colours in the tree are fantastic and the white of the stones stand out - lets hope not many more go in there. Brilliant shot. TFS

Olá Danilo

Uma foto com ótima composição.
Maravilhosas cores, boa nitidez
e muito bom gosto. Belo olhar...

Hi Danilo, Glorious autumn colours and very clever POV showing just a part of the memorial plaques in the distance. It implies, whatever happened in the past, the future is still bright. Excellent work. TFS. Murray.

Bom dia Danilo,
Nada representa melhor o outono do que esses belas cores, a paz e a simplicidade de um cemitério.
Great exibith.
All the best.

Hi Danilo,
This is stunning, those tombstones create a superb depth and the gorgeous colours of autumn makes you almost forget the purpose of this place. A peaceful impression very well captured and presented!

Hi Danilo: I love the autumn colors and this one is just so vibrant. Good framing and very well done. Jusni

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  • mbrito Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
  • [2009-10-23 10:53]

Hi Danilo
Wonderful autumn colours and sharpness and a very well done composition. Amazing the peaceful movement given by the stones.
Congrats, mb

Hi, Danilo. Nice capture of this beautiful Fall beautiful tree with the white tombstones. The composition, colors and the serene atmosphere in the resting place of these patriots makes this a very special post. I have visited this place and can relate to it. Cheers and TFS.

Salam Danilo

WOW! what a fantastic autumnal view...
A great composition in addition to excellent light metering and balance
The colors are well saturated, the harmony of leaves and branches are superb indeed

Regards, Alireza

Hi Danilo...nice shot...well composed...nice tones and details.


merhaba my dear friend danilo
excellent autumn and excellent colours.well done.
best regards.
gürkan akçakır.

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2009-10-26 10:41]

Hi Danilo,
I have only visited that lovely area once,but I should have visited it in the fall after viewing this image,beautiful fall colors & those rows upon rows of gravestones are so
visually strong & have so much meaning to so many folks.


hi danio
very beautiful shot with lovely colors (green yellow and red).
excellent lights for cloudy weather.
i enjoyed a lot.
tfs peiman

Hi Danilo,

I just love trees and this one is beautiful!! Great contrast and colours. The background makes the photo very special. Beautiful DOF and lines.
Well done.

TFS Greetings Simone

Hi Danilo, I like the dark trunk of the tree and the gorgeous fall leaves and colors. It forms a natural frame for the tombstones. I like how you have included the hills as it gives the photo interesting depth and curves.I am amazed at the amount of tombstones at this place.


Simply lovely! Wonderful colorful composition.
Great POV and beautiful colors. Very well composed.
Congratulationas and many thanks for sharing, Danilo!

Warm regards,

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  • eleana Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 203 W: 99 N: 93] (3502)
  • [2009-11-02 12:58]

Hello Danilo,
I like this tree very much, such a nice fall colours!

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  • tafa Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 182 W: 13 N: 181] (1818)
  • [2009-11-27 6:42]

hi,oustanding scenery, nice natural colors, good light and perfect sharpness and I have no more words to describe:) Great shot, I really like it.
best regards!

Hello again
Ihave miss many great picture from you and in the great galery i have found this one for best
Ecellent colors Danilo,amaizing tree and autumn scene on this military graveyard

Hello Danilo,

Yes, those rows of crosses . . . a sad reminder of the cost of war . . . with a somewhat peaceful aftermath . . . especially if you're not one of the fallen. A very sad thing, war!

I actually applied to a position at a simlar military cemetary near Florence, Italy and was struck by the beautiful melancholy of the place.

Keep shootin'


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