Posts tagged ‘cold’

Fleury-devant-Douaumont, France

Although I’ve been to Verdun four times, it was a first time for me when I stopped at Fleury last month. It lays right next to the Verdun Memorial and just two kilometers away from the Douaumont Ossuary. When the Battle of Verdun began, the population of roughly 400 evacuated the village in a hurry. It is said that soldiers found half-eaten meals on the kitchen tables.

After 300 days of hell and after up to 60 million shells were fired, there was nothing left of the little village. Today, only signs show the visitors which buildings had to make room for destruction and the craters that are left. Fleury-devant-Douaumont and other eight villages in the region that suffered the same fate are called “villages detruit”, destroyed villages.

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The road leading to the Verdun Memorial

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A wooden sculpture of a ‘Poilu’, a French infantryman

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Fleury is still a commune, although its population is ‘0’. The only building is the chapel which was built in 1979.

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Signs like the one in the bottom left corner show what was there before. In this case, you’re looking at a cafe.

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The memorial for the fallen of the village

Equipment:

Nikon D5300
Nikon DX VR AF-P NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
iPhone 6s

Editing:

Adobe Lightroom CC

Ysselsteyn, Netherlands – V

In my last post about Ysselsteyn, I promised it would be my second to last. Here is the fifth and last set of photos of the only German War Cemetery in the Netherlands. I have some more, but I don’t want to bore people with the same photos over and over again. For the holidays, I doubt I will upload any other pictures, but I will have more material in January.

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The center of the cemetery has a cross made of concrete. The wreaths seen in the last photo are from the German Remembrance Day which took place three weeks before I shot this photo.

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Like some of the photos from my earlier posts, these show how big the cemetery is. I used three different color settings I played with. Low saturation and vibrance for the first, an icy temperature setting which played well with the fog, and high contrast black-and-white for the last one.

Equipment:
Nikon D5300
Nikon DX VR AF-P NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD MACRO 1:2

Editing:
Adobe Lightroom CC

Ysselsteyn, Netherlands – IV

This will be my second to last post about the German War Cemetery in Ysselsteyn. I didn’t want my website to become a catalog for war cemeteries, but with my book project, I have some more sites to visit. At least for Ysselsteyn, I only have one more post coming and I promise to squeeze in a few non-cemetery posts once in a while 😉

We got to this place in the morning, and there was still frost and fog everywhere. My favorite photo is the one with the sun rays coming through the trees. The stone plates along the way are Kameradengräber, graves with multiple fallen soldiers. I had to underexpose the photo and add contrast to make it look the way it does now, but for my second day using Lightroom, I think it’s alright.

I used my Nikon D5300 and edited the images with Adobe’s Lightroom CC.