Snowy Cemeteries

Weeping Angel in Snow - digital print - Sonja Quintero

Weeping Angel in Snow – digital print – Sonja Quintero

We recently had a bit of snow here in Dallas – sadly it’s already melted. But it got me thinking of taking shots in the snow. Besides, the obligatory shots of our dog in the snow, around our house and at the lake near us, I love to take shots at the cemetery while the headstones are dusted with the fluffy, white stuff.

Cemeteries have long been ethereal and fascinating places to me, and I think they can be most magical after a winter storm. Sadly, we don’t get those very often around here, but we have had a few inches of ice and snow over the past few years and I always take the opportunity to snap some images before the harsh Texas sun melts it all away.

There is something beautifully sad about the blankets of snow covering tombstones. It reminds me that the world doesn’t stop for death. Time keeps moving, the earth keeps turning and life goes on. On the flip side, that can be seen as a celebration of life, of it’s evidential cycle. Of it’s renewal and continuation. Oh, the majestic scene of the snow white cemetery!

But please let me digress,… snow can be a tricky thing to shoot. Your camera’s meter is looking at all this blinding whiteness and saying “Wow, it’s really bright! You need to speed that shutter up and close down that apeture, you’re blinding me here!” But, in fact, that’s probably the opposite of what you want to do.

Your camera meters for “neutral grey” and so it wants to take the snow down to that tone level. So, what you could end up with (if you follow the meter or if you use a point n shoot on auto) is some rather dingy, grey-ish snow. And that’s just fine with the camera, but hopefully not with you!

So, if you have manual capabilities or can override your meter settings, by all means do so! It may seem counterintuitive, but over expose, by at least a stop….maybe even 2, and you’ll get some crisp, white snow. Just as it should be.

Ok, sorry for that tangent, now to get back to why I was writing in the first place!…Cemeteries in the snow. Or more specifically, angels in the snow. Here are a few I’ve taken over the years…

Cemetery Snow - digital print - Sonja Quintero

Cemetery Snow – digital print – Sonja Quintero

This sweet statue was only made sweeter by the brushing of snow on his head and shoulder.

Angel in Snow - sepia print - Sonja Quintero

Angel in Snow – sepia print – Sonja Quintero

I love the way the snow puddled around her hands and feet. So serene and soft.

Snowy Wings - digital print - Sonja Quintero

Snowy Wings – digital print – Sonja Quintero

One of my fave cemetery monuments in the area. She is beautiful anytime of year, but I especially love the newly fallen snow on her spread wings.

Snowy Cherub - digital print - Sonja Quintero

Snowy Cherub – digital print – Sonja Quintero

This poor guy lost his little head, but he’s still lovely to me.

Hope you’ve enjoyed some of my snow-covered images. To find more cemetery images (from every season) check out these other fine artists at Fine Art America: <a href=”http://fineartamerica.com/art/photographs/cemetery/all” style=”font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;”>cemetery photographs for sale</a>

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