Thursday, September 2, 2010

A Church in Mt. Airy New Jersey





This isn't the greatest picture but I wanted to show the front of the church.




I had to slip in a color version because the sky was so beautiful.



I'm doing the trial version of Photoshop CS5 and this black and white conversion is called "Maximum Black"
We had one day of perfect weather last week so I took a drive. I ended up in Clinton New Jersey but I made a few stops on the way. This church in Mt. Airy New Jersey was here before the USA was a country. The sign says it was founded in 1754. Old buildings like this spark my imagination. I never saw buildings this old when I lived in California but I've seen much older ones in Europe.

23 comments:

  1. These are absolutely beautiful. I still prefer the black and white photos over color. I love all the graves. Just adds mystery to it if you ask me :) Glad you had good enough weather to take the little trip :) Excellent my friend :)

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  2. What a handsome church. I love the black and white photos. However the blue sky was also gorgeous.

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  3. A beautiful sky indeed, I certainly like the colour pic better!
    God bless you!
    Cezar

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  4. You seem to have had fun with the pictures.

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  5. Superb black and white and awesome captures.

    Happy weekend ahead James.

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  6. Aloha James. Came back to let you know that the UH vs USC Football game today is being broadcast on ESPN at 5 pm Hawai'i time so I'm assuming that would be 11 pm your time. Very late LOL :) Go Warriors!!! :)

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  7. James, as always you've captured the integral beauty in your photographs. This time the colour picture finds appeal with me. I love the depth of the blue sky. How are you liking the new program?

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  8. I really like how the white church and clouds just pop in the last photo! It seems most of our cemeteries surround mortuaries rather than churches. I like seeing that I am wrong in at least one case. Nice ones, James!

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  9. It's a beautiful church. Don't you just hate when there are a bunch of cables and wires in the way?
    The contrast of the clouds and sky is outstanding both in color and black and white.
    ☼ Sunny

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  10. I'm a sucker for old churches and cemeteries and these are wonderful. I especially love the Photoshop maximum black one. It's very dramatic with it's big tonal range and seems to convey more depth than the color which is gorgeous too. Isn't it fun to hit the road and stumble upon new unexpected experiences? Sometimes I think that's what photography is all about.

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  11. i've taken shots from this exact church!There's a beautiful pasture if you keep walking..

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  12. The white of the clouds.
    The white of the wall of the church.


    I find the impression of the color in both photography. . .




    Thank you.
    ruma

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  13. It was build even before the french revolution!It's a miracle that a wooden building could go through the ages without being destryed!
    Your views are typically american: the architecture of the church , and the cemetery around, the way the tombs are lying in the grass..
    I prefer your B&W views, they match better with the mood of the place.

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  14. The architecture is beautiful as well as the place itself.

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  15. great contrasts in this pic! really good

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  16. Wow, so old. And so amazingly well-preserved. Did you take a look at the tombstones?

    I think this is one of your rare posts that I actually like the color version better — because of the wonderful blue sky that you liked too.

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  17. Most of the time I am drawn to black and white photos, but in the case of the cemetery and church I wouldn't want to miss out on the the color of the sky and the clouds.

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  19. Beautiful, James. The color was worth breaking the theme. It seems we both love Paris, eh? :) I was working on a title for that pic when you posted your comment, I still have not got it right. It just felt so open and free when I looked at that photo with so few people in it.

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  20. Absolutely and definitely like the black and white version the best. It changes the photo from a documentary snap into something gripping.

    (But then, I'm definitely a black and white fan.)

    Lucy

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