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photoblog image The Arlington of the Southwest

The Arlington of the Southwest

The gravestones are all unmarked and  the cemetery itself is protected by two fences. The outer one is a regular barbed wire fence, but the inner one is electrified. I don't know why such protective measures are necessary, but it obviously didn't prevent me from taking pictures.

The Arlington of the Southwest

The gravestones are all unmarked and  the cemetery itself is protected by two fences. The outer one is a regular barbed wire fence, but the inner one is electrified. I don't know why such protective measures are necessary, but it obviously didn't prevent me from taking pictures.

comments (26)

  • Eva
  • 3 Apr 2008, 00:17
Unmarked gravestones in a protected area.. interesting site. This photo gives you the eerie yet solemn feeling. This is a good shot - great angle, color balance, and great timing.
  • cako
  • Germany
  • 3 Apr 2008, 00:48
This looks a bit scary. The gravestones and the vastness. Great !
  • danthro
  • United States
  • 3 Apr 2008, 00:49
wow. sounds like a very high security cemetery. powerful photo. great color, detail, composition.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 3 Apr 2008, 01:17
I never knew of such a place, Martin! You have clearly done it justice with your beautiful, photographic tribute.
  • vintage
  • australia
  • 3 Apr 2008, 01:19
stunning photo
  • VZ
  • Atlanta, Georgia, United States
  • 3 Apr 2008, 01:58
The whole scene is too surreal to be true, Martin, but then again, nothing is more surreal then reality... just look at our president.
Love it.
Why did you choose 1/1000 shutterspeed for this shot?
Martin: Thanks, VZ! The shutter speed is operator error. I had the aperture on wide open from a previous shot and forgot to change it.
Beautifully taken, IMPRESSED
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 3 Apr 2008, 05:56
Wow the vastness just grabs me.
  • Astrid
  • The Nehterlands
  • 3 Apr 2008, 06:49
You did justice to this important place, places like this always gets me thinking of the pain that wars and fight causes. This is a great picture, the colors are stunning, full of drama.
(I have been on the Arlington Cemetry, never forget that view)
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Apr 2008, 07:31
Everything about this graveyard is so military and perfect, just like your shot. Thanks for showing itsmile
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Apr 2008, 08:26
Massed gravestones are always a very moving sight. These have an air of strangeness about them because of the empty setting and the bright colours.
Ingrid
  • chad
  • In front of a computer
  • 3 Apr 2008, 08:38
This is remarkable, martin.
Well it can't be to keep them in! This is a strange picture Martin and I would love to know thew reason for the fence and who is buried here
Another great image Martin. Very poignant, this little plot amid that vast landscape.
  • Nig
  • Glos
  • 3 Apr 2008, 08:48
Surreal light for a dark place. Good shot.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 3 Apr 2008, 11:54
Hmmmm! This is a fabulous image, made really so by the low angle light and the wonderful long shadows of the headstones..
Wonder if the fences are to keep folks out, or ex-folks in?
You have captured this sad scene beautifully. Great photo!
  • Bernie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Apr 2008, 12:43
A perfect capture Martin - I always find these places very emotive.
  • Richard Trim
  • Leicester UK. Back from Suffolk
  • 3 Apr 2008, 12:51
Intriguing. Good shooting angle. richard
Very impressive picture. It looks surreal. Well done!
Very moving! perfectly realised as always!
  • Roz Sears
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Apr 2008, 06:41
A sad sight, but a fascinating photograph. Even more fascinating is the `high security`. I just can`t imagine vandals being a problem - it looks so remote.
  • Porcsin
  • Hungary
  • 4 Apr 2008, 20:56
Superb lights and energetic colours!
Nice work!
I am imagining you jumping the fences - the electric one is the tricky bit to get over tho. Brings back memories of when i was little we had an electric fence to keep our goats in.
Certainly a best of ! Very strange atmosphere and the composition is perfect !!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 14 Apr 2008, 23:10
You caught different sets of rows in this picture. Excellent.

I saw a picture in our paper this morning, where some artist arranged toilet seats roughly in the same way and the photographer used this same angle.

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aperture f/4.0
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