I was dumbfounded when Paul told me, but I couldn’t believe there was something cool right here in my old stomping grounds that I didn’t know about. He and I were planning to do a night shoot of a small graveyard that dated back to the Civil War located in Redwood City and Paul asked me if the cemetery in San Mateo had anything cool in it. I shot back with, “What cemetery in San Mateo?!”
While on the phone, we both hit Google Maps and searched for the location as well as any info we could find about St. John’s Cemetery. I went to high school just a few miles from St. John’s and I had no clue that the small sanctuary with its entrance nestled at the end of a street in a hilly neighborhood even existed. I could see the top of the mausoleum pictured above on the Google Maps satellite view and quickly found a pic on Flickr that someone had posted and instantly knew that I would be paying this place a visit.
Of course, the cemetery has hours that wouldn’t permit the night photography that I wanted to do, so I headed over one morning just after the front gate opened at 9am. Paul was at work and couldn’t join, but I grabbed a few shots and purposefully didn’t shoot everything that I wanted so that he and I can go back later to shoot some more.
HDR Info: This is a 3 exposure HDR image that was shot handheld without a tripod. Using my Canon 40D and a Sigma 10-20mm lens, I grab the three exposures for this with a focal length of 12mm with ISO 100 and f7.1. The three exposures were combined and tone mapped in Photomatix and further cleaned up in Photoshop CS4.