I’ve shot some gardens in the rain before, but the day I visited Highgate Cemetery the weather was absolutely horrendous. I had an umbrella and a jacket, but still got soaked through to the skin.
Highgate Cemetery West
You have to book a tour to visit this part of Highgate Cemetery. It’s not expensive; £12 for adults, £6 for children. The price includes entrance to the East side too. It’s a fascinating place and the guides are really interesting so it’s well worth it. You can find out more about the cemetery here.
On my lunchtime tour there were newly formed rives of water running down the paths; all of the Americans on the tour gave up less than halfway through, and the guide said he’d never seen conditions like it.
I was juggling an umbrella and camera, trying to keep both the camera equipment and myself as dry as I could. Add to that the thunder (which I don’t mind being out in) and lightning (which I certainly do mind being out in but at least it was just the sheet variety) and it wasn’t conducive to great photography.
I was disappointed because I got a much better set of images when I visited last May. (I can’t post those here because I wasn’t studying this course then and there are rules on this sort of thing, which I will admit I am not clear on).
The poor guide was trying his best, but I also felt I learnt a lot more on my last visit. There was more discussion about symbolism and individual graves. This time I could hardly hear over the noises of thunder and rain beating down on umbrellas. We couldn’t linger and ask questions.
Despite a disappointing set of images, I haven’t corrected them much, deciding that to keep the feel of the day it was best to just increase the exposure a little on some of them.
Last time I visited it was beautifully sunny and warm; the shadows were a welcome relief. This time being in the shadows was so dark that I could make out the path and the vague shapes around me, but there was no detail. I couldn’t see anyone’s face.
Highgate Cemetery East
This is self guided and you get a map. I didn’t get round much of this on my last visit, so some of this was new to me.