I like graveyards from the long past. This necropolis looks as though it's very old...and sadly parts have followed their guests into decay... B & W definitely looks good, but I really like that hint of color on the third...not sure how you do that, but it looks good and I think adds to the visual depth.
Thanks Peter - for the photos and for reminding me of all the history that lies within these places.
Thanks guys. My processing is pretty simple and usually done in Picasa.
The hint of colour was done simply with Picasa's Focal B&W effect. You can change the centre point and the centre point, size and focus (amount of fading). I don't often use effects trying to keep my photos as close to original as possible but the lighting was bad and the colour shots needed quite a boost of saturation. This didn't work too well as I shoot jpeg (cannot be bother with RAW although on this occasion it would have helped).
The place is called Rookwood Necropolis and it is in Sydney, Australia. It is largest cemetry in the Southern Hemisphere (and possibly the World) at 700 acres and about 1,000,000 burials. Over 80 different religous and cultural groups use the cemetry and it has been going since the 1860s.
We went as part of a small group (around 10 of us but we split up into smaller groups of 3 or so) and had prior permission of the Rookwood Necropolis Trust. We didn't go near any services and concentrated on the old sections of the cemetry.