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Photo Story: Cemetery Newry, Maine

This rural Maine cemetery caught my eye as we were driving to Grafton Notch State Park to photograph waterfalls.  I marked the spot of the cemetery to photograph it on the return trip.  What caught my attention was the beautiful, colorful, blooming bush in the middle of the cemetery.

Cemetery Newry, Maine

When driving to a photography destination, it pays to keep an eye out for other subjects on the way to your photo shoot.  You may not have time to stop on the way to your destination, but you can mark the spot for your return trip.

The weather was cloudy and rainy all morning which is a good mood for photographing a cemetery.  I wanted a gloomy feel to the photo but I still wanted to show the beauty of the bush.  I used the Sephia Glow Recipe in Color Efex 4 to give the cemetery that gloomy feel.  I used a negative control point to keep the saturation in the bush.


Camera:  Olympus OM-D E-M1
Lens:   Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 Pro Lens
Focal Length:  21mm
ISO:  500
Aperture:   f/9
Shutter Speed: 1/200 of a second
Exposure Compensation: +0
Lighting: Cloudy and Rain


  • Cropped the photo in Lightroom 5.
  • Used  the Sephia Glow recipe in Color Efex Pro 4 which contains the Levels and Curves and Midnight Filters.  Put a negative control point on the bush to retain the color.

  • Selectively lightened and darkened the image using Viveza 2 from Google.
  • Selectively sharpened the photo using the Unsharp Mask Filter in Photoshop CC 2014.

Written by Martin Belan

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