Cemetery Photo Tips, Composition, Day of the Dead Photos,Oaxaca Mexico

Day of the Dead  Cemetery photos are difficult to make.  
All the challenges of depth of field, motion blur,  low light noise,  wind , moving people, and tight quarters will challenge you.  
A Sand Painting like this one to the right in Oaxaca, Mexico during the nighttime cemetery visit
might be one of the easier ones to make.  
Important here is depth of field to include the surroundings.  The camera was placed on a camera bag,  the aperture set at f-16, the focus point six feet in front of the camera, the shutter speed, 6 seconds, and the shutter tripped by the camera's timer .

Tripod

In the photo above, the photographer asked permission and then backed away and set up a low tripod.  With a zoom lens, the photographer was able to compress the scene and include some background, which appears closer than it actually is.
The young woman is nearly motionless and there is no wind.  The woman forgot that the photographer was there because he remained still and was a distance away. Once she relaxed and set about lighting her candles, the photographer made several photos.

Composition

There are three people in the background but they barely show.  Important here is the attempt to make an appealing compoition by including ambiance of the place and the distant lights with the use of a high aperture number.  The high number aperture will produce a sharp photo throughout.
The photographer asked permission to make this photo.  The family was happy to share their efforts to decorate their tomb.  The photographer had time enough to make several photos.

Oaxaca Day of the Dead Schedule of Nighttime Cemetery Visits, October November
October, 31
Xoxocotlan. This town a few miles southwest of Oaxaca City  has two Cemeteries, Cementerio Viejo, and the new Cementerio Nuevo.
October 31, the village of Atzompa holds a later cemetery vigil, starting around 11 pm.

Day of the Dead November 1
Oaxaca City Cemetery, Panteon General on the east side of the city  Offering table demonstrations

Tlaixtac de Cabrera, six miles south east of Oaxaca City

San Felipe del Agua, north of Oaxaca City November 2, bus or taxi to the cemetery.

Vllage of San Antonino Castillo Velasco  A flower growing village that celebrates as much as a week after the other villages
Day of the Dead  Sand Painting Oaxaca, Mexico, Sand Painter Juan Cruz Pascual decorates the grave of his father.
Cemetery Photo Tips for good Composition in Day of the Dead Photos during a night vigil are offered here.  Use these technical tips to make better photos in the darkened cemetery during the Day of the Dead Cemetery Visits.
In the photo above, the photographer did not ask permission.  The woman was motionless and praying.  The photographer kept his distance and set up an eye level tripod.  With a zoom lens at 80, the photographer was able to compress the scene slightly to bring the background closer.
The woman is nearly motionless as she prays.  There is no wind. F-11 at 4 seconds with the camera's ten second timer tripping the shutter.  
In the photo at the right,  the photographer asked permission of a relative and then backed away to attach a Jobi Gorrillapod to a branch of a nearby tree.  With a zoom lens set at 150 the photographer was able to compress the scene and include the background cemetery plots that appear closer than they actually are.
The grandmother sits nearly motionless and there is
no wind.  
The woman forgot that the photographer was there because he remained still and was a distance away. People were crossing in front as the photographer made several photos between their passage by manually releasing the shutter.
In the photo above, the photographer did not ask permission.  The people were sitting nearly motionless as they often do during the night cemetery vigil.  The photographer set up an eye level tripod.  With a zoom lens at 35 the photographer was able to include foreground, mid ground, and background.  
In the photo on the left there is wind that makes the candle flame look larger.  With wind it is best to use a faster shutter speed,  In this case f-8 at 1/4 second.   In the photo on the right the woman is nearly motionless as she prays.  There is no wind. F-11 at 4 seconds with the camera's ten second timer used to trip the shutter.  
The camera's ten-second timer is a handy tool to use to trip the shutter.  A cable release would perform the same function but in the darkened cemetery it is best to travel with a minimum of equipment
the photo above was made on a late afternoon visit to the cemetery.  Interesting photos can result during the preparations of the tombs as the families clean and decorate.
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