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  • 1. Tombstone Photography Dick Eastman 29 September 2012
  • 2. Today’s Presentation is Available Online at: http://www.eogn.com/handouts/to mbstone
  • 3. Tombstone Photography• I have an unusual hobby: – I collect tombstones
  • 4. Tombstone Photography
  • 5. Tombstone Photography• Today’s objectives: – To show you some of my collection – To show you how I collected these images
  • 6. What is the appropriate camera?• Lots of pixels (6 megapixels or more)• A good lens
  • 7. What is the appropriate camera?Pocket Camera? Or an SLR?
  • 8. What is the appropriate camera?
  • 9. Use a Tripod!• The secret for razor-sharp pictures is a steady platform – Don’t move!
  • 10. Use a Tripod!
  • 11. Or a Monopod
  • 12. How to Make the Letters Readable?
  • 13. How to Make the Letters Readable?
  • 14. How to Make the Letters Readable?• There are two classic recommendations but both are controversial! – Chalk – Shaving cream• Many genealogists believe that both will damage a tombstone but some scientists disagree.
  • 15. • “One bird feasting on mulberries will leave more acids on a tombstone than a case of shaving cream!”
  • 16. How to Make the Letters Readable?• Spray some water on the tombstone!
  • 17. How to Make the Letters Readable?
  • 18. Sometimes You Get Lucky
  • 19. Sometime You Get Lucky
  • 20. How NOT to Make the Letters Readable
  • 21. Tombstone Photography
  • 22. Recommendation:• Use a slow shutter speed• And use lots of light!
  • 23. If the area is shady, bounce some light!
  • 24. If the area is shady, bounce some light!
  • 25. If the area is shady, bounce some light!
  • 26. If the area is shady, bounce some light!
  • 27. If the area is shady, bounce some light!
  • 28. Add Depth of Field! How Big is That Tombstone?
  • 29. Add Depth of Field! How Big is That Tombstone?
  • 30. Tombstone?
  • 31. Some Example Photographs
  • 32. Tombstones Often Provide Clues About the Deceased or the Family
  • 33. Some Example Photographs
  • 34. Some Example Photographs
  • 35. Tombstones Often Provide Clues About the Deceased or the Family
  • 36. Tombstones Often Provide Clues About the Deceased or the Family
  • 37. Tombstones Often Provide Clues About the Deceased or the Family
  • 38. Tombstones Often Provide Clues About the Deceased or the Family
  • 39. Tombstones Often Provide Clues About the Deceased or the Family
  • 40. You Might Find a Family Tree on a Tombstone
  • 41. You Might Find a Family Tree on a Tombstone
  • 42. Tombstones Often Provide Clues About the Deceased or the Family
  • 43. Tombstones Often Provide Clues About the Deceased or the Family
  • 44. Tombstones Often Provide Clues About the Deceased or the Family
  • 45. Tombstones Often Provide Clues About the Deceased or the Family
  • 46. Tombstones Often Provide Clues About the Deceased or the Family
  • 47. Tombstones Sometimes Provide Puzzles!
  • 48. Tombstones Sometimes Provide Puzzles!
  • 49. Tombstones Sometimes Provide Puzzles!
  • 50. Some Unusual Tombstones
  • 51. Some Unusual Tombstones
  • 52. Some Unusual Tombstones
  • 53. Some Unusual Tombstones
  • 54. Some Unusual Tombstones
  • 55. Tombstone Photography
  • 56. Some Unusual Tombstones
  • 57. Some Unusual Tombstones
  • 58. Some Unusual Tombstones
  • 59. Tombstone Photography
  • 60. Tombstone Photography
  • 61. Today’s Presentation is Available Online at: http://www.eogn.com/handouts/to mbstone