Church (Rock) Cemetery Diary II
March 05, 2016

For a landscape photographer starting a project perhaps the first decision has to be where to photograph. An ideal way to define this is to decide on a boundary. Church Cemetery has walls and railings around the entire perimeter of its 36 acre site which establishes a very clear boundary for this project.

Church Cemetery III

The next decision I decided I needed to make was which equipment I would use. The camera I decided to use was the Olympus OMD E-M5. I chose this camera primarily because I like the 4:3 aspect ratio for both vertical and horizontal pictures and I know I'll want to make both orientations of pictures. I have a Nikon D800e which has a much higher resolution and greater dynamic range, but I don't like vertical orientation pictures at the 3:2 aspect ratio. For this project image resolution is not a primary concern, for reasons that I'll discuss in a later blog post. I also decided it would be essential to use a tripod, even though in some locations there is not much room to manoeuvre. There are a lot of vertical lines in the cemetery and I want to make sure that I can keep the camera level on all axes when I want to. The tripod is the Gitzo Systematic Series 3 with an Arca Swiss D4 geared head. Lens choice is the last equipment decision I had to make and I elected to use a selection of prime lenses from 17mm to 42mm (34mm to 84mm in 35mm equivalent). The use of prime lenses does make positioning the camera and tripod to get the required framing more time consuming but I prefer to see that as an advantage rather than a disadvantage!

Church Cemetery XII

Next time I'll discuss some of the decisions I've made that may be a little less obvious, but have a big influence on my approach to this project.

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