Roughly two per cent of the American population, an estimated 620,000 men, died in the Civil War – more Americans than died in both World Wars and Vietnam combined. For every three soldiers killed in battle, five more died of disease, and It is estimated that one in three Southern households lost at least one family member.
Richmond – Photo Tip

Adding people always makes for better photographs

Photo by William Stevens

Richmond – Photo Tip Adding people always makes for better photographs

Hollywood in Richmond has one of the most beautiful settings of any American cemetery, overlooking the James River near the site where the first settlers from Jamestown planted a flag in the 17th century, and taking its name from the holly trees around it.

William Stevens
William Stevens Travel Photographer

A 27-meter-high granite pyramid was built in 1869 as a memorial to the more than 18,000 Confederate soldiers buried here and it is also the final resting place of 22 Confederate generals, Confederate States President Jefferson Davis and two US presidents, James Monroe and John Tyler.

When I saw this veteran cleaning the headstones, I introduced myself and asked if I could take some pictures of him. In order to have the best lighting on his face, I made sure my back was to the sun. I also crouched down to show him surrounded by as many headstones as possible to put him in a proper context.

One last detail, while focusing on his face, was to try and add the Confederate flags in the foreground. To keep them in focus, I used an aperture of F8 to have the best depth of field.

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