San Francisco National Cemetery By Jane LurieJune 7, 2019 ( 89 ) Fog of War San Francisco National Cemetery Rising Standing Watch One of Many Row On Row Remember Share this:TweetEmailShare on TumblrLike this:Like Loading... Categories: Black and White, City Scenes, Landscapes, PhotographyTags: California, Fujifilm X-T2, Inspiration, Landscapes, National Cemetery, Nikon D800, Photography, Presidio, San Francisco Related Articles Mind Travel: Dreaming of Africa By Jane Lurie4 days ago ( 103 ) Get in Good Trouble: John Lewis By Jane Lurie3 weeks ago ( 100 ) The Great Escape By Jane Lurie4 weeks ago ( 100 ) 89 comments › James Burgess August 20, 2019 • 4:17 pm Is this over at Presidio? Reply ↓ Jane Lurie August 20, 2019 • 6:02 pm Hi James, Yes it is. Right on the road going up by the highway from the main parade ground. Have you been? Reply ↓ James Burgess August 21, 2019 • 12:32 pm I have not been yet, but I plan to go see with my family. Reply ↓ Jane Lurie August 21, 2019 • 5:07 pm It’s quite interesting as is the entire Presidio. Reply ↓ Jessica June 19, 2019 • 9:24 am There is nothing like standing in a National Cemetery… while it is such an honor to be among so many brave ones, it is mindboggling how massive the losses are. At our old town, there was one and I went there a few times. My camera lens was never large enough to capture all the stones. Your pictures are such a loving tribute to many. I especially love Row on Row. Reply ↓ Jane Lurie June 20, 2019 • 2:53 pm Hi Jessica, Yes, I agree…I shot these with mixed emotions. This cemetery is quite beautiful, yet it’s so sad to think of the lives lost to war. I felt these images with their composition and mood were what I had envisioned when making them. I’m pleased you enjoyed them- thanks so much. Reply ↓ Jessica June 20, 2019 • 8:09 pm You’re welcome. Reply ↓ aakanewicloudcom June 16, 2019 • 7:36 am beautiful tribute….love the flowing feeling of the stones…great detail!! Reply ↓ Jane Lurie June 16, 2019 • 12:48 pm Thanks, April. It is a poignant and stunning place to photograph. Glad you like them! Reply ↓ Andrew Seal June 13, 2019 • 12:22 pm So powerful Jane, and a wonderful tribute. Lest we forget. Reply ↓ Jane Lurie June 15, 2019 • 2:58 pm Thank you very much, Andrew. Reply ↓ Andrew Seal June 16, 2019 • 1:04 pm My pleasure Jane Reply ↓ Jet Eliot June 13, 2019 • 7:57 am With only two cemeteries in SF this one makes a big statement, and your photos really capture the profoundness, Jane. Lovely subtitles and truly excellent photos, Jane. Reply ↓ Jane Lurie June 13, 2019 • 8:36 am Thanks so much, Jet. I’m pleased you like the images. It’s a sad yet stunning place to photograph and I really got lost in it all making these. Reply ↓ spanishwoods June 11, 2019 • 2:42 am Wow, just amazing images. Reply ↓ Jane Lurie June 11, 2019 • 12:44 pm Thank you very much, Sylvia. Reply ↓ bluebrightly June 10, 2019 • 7:04 pm A nice tribute Jane…a little depressing for me, having been at Arlington with my group of Marine Moms for the funeral after one of us lost a son, eight years ago. Fog indeed. Reply ↓ Jane Lurie June 11, 2019 • 12:43 pm Oh, how sad Lynn. I’m sorry. Photographed and posted with a heavy heart. Such sacrifice and loss magnified in these cemeteries and it is with mixed emotions that I find them poignantly photogenic. Reply ↓ mdhoffmannphoto June 10, 2019 • 3:39 pm Absolutely Rich and Beautiful and Silent and Orderly – Unlike the wars that claimed them. And as always, your captions are great Jane! Reply ↓ Jane Lurie June 11, 2019 • 9:00 am Thank you, Michael, and for your accurate description. Such sad loss and sacrifices. Reply ↓ Steve Schwartzman June 10, 2019 • 11:14 am What’s the significance of a single date on a tombstone like the one for William S. Openshaw? Reply ↓ Jane Lurie June 11, 2019 • 8:59 am HI Steve, My guess is that is the day he sacrificed his life. Reply ↓ pattimoed June 9, 2019 • 10:19 pm Beautifully captured, Jane. Sometimes simplicity evokes the strongest reaction. Simple and elegant and powerful. Reply ↓ Jane Lurie June 11, 2019 • 8:58 am Thank you, Patti. I’m glad you agree that the images speak much louder than words. Reply ↓ Gunta June 9, 2019 • 8:29 pm One of far too many, but your images speak louder than words. Reply ↓ Jane Lurie June 11, 2019 • 8:57 am Thank you, Gunta. Agree, no words needed. 😔 Reply ↓ Allan G. Smorra June 9, 2019 • 2:13 pm Back in 1997 I worked on a remodel of the original Letterman Hospital. I used to leave the house at the same time as I did when I worked downtown. I didn’t expect to be there more than a few months and didn’t want to spoil myself with the short commute from Marin. I spent the time before work exploring the cemetery and taking in the sunrise over the city skyline. Many is the time that I stopped in my tracks when I wandered into a part of the cemetery where a majority of the headstones had the same date of death. Wars, shipwrecks and training fatalities bring us into the reality of military life and sacrifice. Your photos are excellent today, Jane. The fog adds a tear to the eye. Ω Reply ↓ Jane Lurie June 11, 2019 • 8:56 am Thank you for sharing this lovely remembrance, Allan. Those early mornings in the Presidio were magical, I’m sure, mixed with the sadness of the sacrifices made. Pleased these images brought back memories and that you enjoyed my take on this sadly beautiful place. Thanks so much. Reply ↓ David June 9, 2019 • 11:06 am Beautifully done, Jane. It seems we were on the same wavelength around Memorial Day (https://wp.me/p2G8qh-2YC). We’re down in SoCal, three more weeks on our horse show travels. It’s been a nice start to the day, no “June Gloom” for a change. 🙂 Reply ↓ Jane Lurie June 11, 2019 • 8:53 am Thank you, David. And your post is very moving. I’m glad you are enjoying SoCal. 🙂 Reply ↓ LisaDay June 9, 2019 • 10:15 am That’s quite powerful isn’t it. Reply ↓ Jane Lurie June 11, 2019 • 8:50 am Thank you, Lisa. I find the number of them astounding and sad. Reply ↓ Fotohabitate June 8, 2019 • 11:30 pm When I travel, I always visit the cemetery where I live. Your pictures are great! They express the mood perfectly! Reply ↓ Jane Lurie June 11, 2019 • 8:49 am Thank you, Simone. There is a quiet and sad beauty in these cemeteries. Glad you enjoyed the photos. Reply ↓ Adrian Lewis June 8, 2019 • 10:34 pm Beautiful images, Jane. Fog of War really gets to me – I can see why you’ve presented it first – and I love the lighting and almost surreal simplicity of Rising. I would so much like to be positive here but, to me, looking back at thousands of years of human history, I think that the sad fact is that war is a part of our nature. And while you and I are so fortunate in living in countries where (relative) peace currently prevails, there is often only disquiet to be had from observing the posturings of politicians, nations and others as they attempt to interact with each other. A Reply ↓ Jane Lurie June 11, 2019 • 8:48 am Hi Adrian, Thank you. This place is beautifully depressing. I posted with a heavy heart – honoring our soldiers yet despising war. And I agree, there is a current uneasiness in our politics that is disconcerting to say the least. 😦 Reply ↓ Adrian Lewis June 12, 2019 • 1:16 am I like “beautifully depressing”, very well put. Reply ↓ Jane Lurie June 15, 2019 • 2:59 pm Thanks. Many mixed emotions. Reply ↓ bayphotosbydonna June 8, 2019 • 5:45 pm wow…..heartfelt…. Reply ↓ Jane Lurie June 11, 2019 • 8:42 am Thank you, Donna. A sad, yet beautiful place. Reply ↓ thereluctantpoet June 8, 2019 • 5:23 pm Reblogged this on The Reluctant Poet. Reply ↓ Jane Lurie June 11, 2019 • 8:41 am Thanks for sharing, Chuck. Reply ↓ Linda Wyatt June 8, 2019 • 1:24 pm A poignantly beautiful post….to remember and honor Reply ↓ Jane Lurie June 11, 2019 • 8:41 am Thank you, Linda. Reply ↓ Tina Schell June 8, 2019 • 12:38 pm Nicely done Jane, and most appropriate. Amazing some of the stories of the survivors. Did you ever get to see They Shall Not Grow Old? Reply ↓ Jane Lurie June 11, 2019 • 8:40 am Thank you, Tina. No, I’ve not seen that. Reply ↓ smilecalm June 8, 2019 • 7:15 am makes death artistically intriguing 🙂 Reply ↓ Jane Lurie June 11, 2019 • 8:40 am Hi David, Posted with a heavy heart but yes, I do find cemeteries quite stunning and melancholy. Thank you. Reply ↓ smilecalm June 11, 2019 • 10:20 am thanks for the inspiration, Jane to cycle over to the local cemetery & try to capture the elusive residents 🙂 Reply ↓ Ted Jennings - TPJ Photography June 8, 2019 • 6:51 am Stunning and meaningful Reply ↓ Jane Lurie June 8, 2019 • 10:02 pm Thank you very much, Ted. Reply ↓ Kathy June 8, 2019 • 6:51 am A fantastic post Jane. What a chilling reminder of both good and bad. Hopefully never to be seen again. Reply ↓ Jane Lurie June 8, 2019 • 10:02 pm Thank you so much, Kathy. A sad subject to document and yes, a horrible reminder of the tragedies of war. Reply ↓ Suzanne et Pierre June 8, 2019 • 6:24 am Always touching and impressive to see all of these aligned tombstones…very nicely captured. (Suzanne) Reply ↓ Jane Lurie June 8, 2019 • 10:01 pm Thank you, Suzanne. Pleased you like the images albeit a sad subject. Reply ↓ Photography Journal Blog June 8, 2019 • 6:06 am These are lovely images. Reply ↓ Jane Lurie June 8, 2019 • 9:59 pm Thank you, Amy. Glad you enjoyed them. Reply ↓ YellowCable June 8, 2019 • 5:47 am Fantastic pictures of the place. You have good eyes for those shots with different perspective. Love your rendering choices too. Reply ↓ Jane Lurie June 8, 2019 • 9:59 pm Thanks so much, YC. Much appreciated. I do love the repeating patterns in cemeteries…quite challenging. Glad you like the post-processing, too- did a bit more with them than usual. 🙂 Reply ↓ rabirius June 8, 2019 • 4:46 am Excellent photos. Though places like that are rather sad. Reply ↓ Jane Lurie June 8, 2019 • 9:57 pm Thank you, Rabirius. Yes, and rather depressing to photograph although I get lost in the challenge of composition which I find quite difficult. Glad you like them. Reply ↓ 35mm Film Shootist June 8, 2019 • 4:33 am I’ve just come back from holiday in France and your images remind me of Normandy. Really quite shocking how many memorial stones over there and worldwide. Reply ↓ Jane Lurie June 8, 2019 • 9:50 pm Hi Martin, It’s shocking and sad the lives that were lost. I am drawn to this cemetery in SF because it is quite beautiful in its somber way. Thanks for stopping by here and I’ll be sure to check out your images from France. Reply ↓ Jane Iwan June 8, 2019 • 4:24 am Jane, what a beautiful, touching tribute to those who have served – anywhere, anytime. Reply ↓ Jane Lurie June 8, 2019 • 9:47 pm Thank you, Jane. I’m glad you like tribute- these images are full of mixed emotions. Reply ↓ Joe June 8, 2019 • 4:14 am Beautiful and poignant image tribute Jane. When I see images like this I can’t help but think of the John Lennon billboard campaign many hears ago that stated “War Is Over If You Want It”. Reply ↓ Jane Lurie June 8, 2019 • 9:42 pm Hi Joe, Yes, the Lennon billboard. Good memory. This series is full of mixed emotions… a sad yet beautiful place. Thank you- I’m glad you like the images. Reply ↓ Sue June 8, 2019 • 3:06 am An excellent set of images to illustrate the futility of war… Rising is perhaps the one with the most impact Reply ↓ Jane Lurie June 8, 2019 • 9:40 pm Thank you, Sue. Yes, I am glad you see the futility in these images and I’m pleased Rising caught your eye- it is a favorite in this set. Reply ↓ Sue June 9, 2019 • 12:08 am 😊 Reply ↓ Jeff Bell June 8, 2019 • 3:05 am The composition of these photos is so good. We never seem to learn as people; we don’t need any more places like this. Peace is better. Thanks for sharing these great shots. Reply ↓ Jane Lurie June 8, 2019 • 9:38 pm Thank you, Jeff. This is a sad place and I couldn’t agree more- war is horrible. Peace. 🌍 Reply ↓ paula graham June 8, 2019 • 2:59 am Such poignant places to visit and photograph..we know but have we learned the lesson? Reply ↓ Jane Lurie June 8, 2019 • 9:35 pm I often walk through and photograph this place– there’s a reverence and somber feeling coupled with an intricate beauty with the hills, trees and gravestones-it’s sad. I am not sure we have learned the lesson. Reply ↓ harrienijland June 8, 2019 • 1:18 am Fine set; rhythm and angels.. I prefer the B&W’s; they focus more on the forms. Reply ↓ Jane Lurie June 8, 2019 • 9:31 pm Thank you, Harrie. This particular cemetery is quite hilly (of course, it’s SF) and that makes from some interesting compositions. I am partial to the B&W’s too, that adds to the somber tone. Glad you enjoyed. Reply ↓ Steve Gingold June 8, 2019 • 1:13 am Sometimes words are not enough and images can say so much more. Excellent images all, Jane. Rising is especially powerful. Reply ↓ Jane Lurie June 8, 2019 • 9:29 pm Thanks so much, Steve. I agree, the images will tell the story, and this is a sad one. I’m glad you enjoyed them, especially Rising–a favorite. Your thoughts are much appreciated. Reply ↓ Detlef Gimbel June 7, 2019 • 11:10 pm Great pictures, even if the place is rather sad. Reply ↓ Jane Lurie June 8, 2019 • 9:26 pm Thank you, Detlef. I agree, very sad but beautiful in its own way. I find this particular cemetery quite stunning with its rolling hills, fog and Eucalyptus trees. Reply ↓ allentimphotos2 June 7, 2019 • 9:37 pm Very nice images, Jane. Some what like trees, tombstones are very challenging to photograph. Reply ↓ Jane Lurie June 8, 2019 • 9:24 pm Hi Tim, Glad you enjoyed these, thank you very much. I agree, cemeteries are a difficult challenge. I shot these quite a while ago and never did much with them and finally got inspired by this week’s stories on the news. Reply ↓ allentimphotos2 June 8, 2019 • 9:33 pm Jane, you’re welcome. This was an image from the Presidio I worked on for quite sometime. I hope you don’t mind me sharing it with you here on your site. https://allentimphotos2.wordpress.com/2016/12/14/presidios-world-war-i-cemetery/ Reply ↓ Jane Lurie June 11, 2019 • 8:43 am Gorgeous, Tim. Terrific composition and light. Like you, I find the monochrome quite fitting for this place. Reply ↓ allentimphotos2 June 11, 2019 • 9:38 am Jane, thank you. Monochrome does fit well with this subject since there is such a propensity of black and white already there in the image with the tombstones. Michael Scandling June 7, 2019 • 9:37 pm A beautiful memorial. You have done these people proud. Reply ↓ Jane Lurie June 8, 2019 • 9:21 pm Thanks so much, Michael. This place is beautifully sad but I do like to walk around the grounds. Reply ↓ cindy knoke June 7, 2019 • 9:33 pm Yep. Looks exactly like Cabrillo National Monument in Pt. Loma. I have no idea what to say…. Reply ↓ Jane Lurie June 8, 2019 • 9:20 pm Hi Cindy, I’ve never been there but assume it’s similar? 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