Overexposed in the Garden of Good and Evil

Before making my 12-hour drive back to New Jersey, I decided to shoot at sunrise in the famous Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah. It is most famous for the cover photo of “bird girl” on the 1994 book “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” That statue is now in an art museum, so I didn’t get any photos of it, but there is plenty of other things to shoot.

I have to say this is the eeriest cemetery I’ve ever been in. This morning was cloudy and rainy, which added to the atmosphere. I was the only one nutty enough to be in the cemetery that early, which didn’t ease the eerie feeling. The cemetery is old, not the oldest in town, but still has lots of unique gravestones and statues. There are lots of trees filled with dangling Spanish moss and the old, dirty gravestones are just cool looking. I tried to get to the cemetery early enough to get the morning “blue hour” but my GPS sent me the wrong way, so the blue was gone by the time I got there. Light rain was falling, which made the trees look extra dark.

I shot my usual ton of photos, trying to work as many scenes as I could. I liked the statues, several have faces that are looking down and with the low light this morning, the faces were in pretty heavy shade. I got out my powerful flashlight and experimented with filling the heavy shadows. It worked out pretty well.

After dropping my photos into my computer, I had a bit of a surprise. I don’t remember while shooting, but I over exposed a shot of one of the more famous graves. When I first was going through my photos I marked it for deletion. Then I looked at it again. I like the overexposure, it is an interesting effect for a photo of a grave. It just shows how always following the rules doesn’t always work.

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