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Re: Google Maps For Graves.
« Reply #27 on: Friday 03 September 21 13:44 BST (UK) »


I just found this video below that shows how, simply by using a tall mirror you can instantly make gravestones that seem difficult or impossible to read legible as long as there is some good sun (and it helps if that stone is in the shade itself)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyGlVWvGZbs
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Brilliant trick, only drawback is carrying a large mirror around a graveyard and needing a helper.

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« Reply #28 on: Friday 03 September 21 13:48 BST (UK) »
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I just found this video below that shows how, simply by using a tall mirror you can instantly make gravestones that seem difficult or impossible to read legible as long as there is some good sun (and it helps if that stone is in the shade itself)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyGlVWvGZbs

Brilliant trick, only drawback is carrying a large mirror around a graveyard and needing a helper.
Yes, you can also use a very high powered LED torch - it needs to be high powered or it won't make much impact in comparison to the sunlight - I have seen 2000 lumens mentioned costing about 20 - presumably the catch is, the stone would also need to be in shade to have the best effect.

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« Reply #29 on: Friday 03 September 21 13:51 BST (UK) »
I have such a torch, might try it out but as you say, the stone should be in the shade for best results (or do it in the depths of winter!)


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« Reply #30 on: Friday 03 September 21 18:01 BST (UK) »
They do seem to be using the simple technique of spraying stones with water, which does often help.

I hope you're right but I suspect they're actually using some type of cleaner, and also appear to have brushed some of the gravestones. A few examples from Shelley which bother me.

Nancy and William Jackson
Photos show cleaning of gravestone, possibly including brushing
https://www.rootschat.com/links/01qwb/

Thomas Brook +others
Photos show cleaning (?) of gravestone, where stone already has damaged surface
Photos show person standing on gravestone in background
https://www.rootschat.com/links/01qwc/

Mary Wortley
Photos show cleaning of gravestone, possibly including brushing
https://www.rootschat.com/links/01qwd/


My concern is that this group could cause more harm than good. There are other techniques for photographing gravestones which don't require cleaning the stone, or even touching it, such as using an off camera flash (example1, example2, example3).

And, maybe it's just me, but quite a proportion of the photos are poor quality, some aren't even in focus.

EDIT:
Just for reference, link to an old thread on the same project.
Church of England to launch a 'Google Maps for graves' (The Common Room)
https://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?topic=826568.0
Anderson Banks Beard Brewer Caves Clarke Clinch Cooling Cuff Denton Gamble Gibson Gunn Hunt Mills Muncey Norris Notzke Reid Robinson Searle Smith Trundle Turner Weedon Wells Wilson