Cherub sepia resized 750

Cemeteries have some of the most beautiful and melancholy sculptures you’ll ever see. The challenge is to capture the mood and gracefulness of the statues while either blocking or integrating a possibly distracting background.

The finished photo, above, uses sepia to bring out the three dimensionality and strong shadows of the very sad baby statuette. The poignant realism of the figure needs nothing else to tell the story of this family’s loss.

The steps I used are below, along with the original photo.

  • Sepia
  • Crop
  • Auto contrast
  • I’m feeling lucky
  • Tuning
  • Vignette
  • Museum matte

Cherub original resized 750