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  #158 Abandoned or Neglected Buildings
Entry 5 of 30
A church in need of prayer       ©2015 A.N.Other
Fujifilm FinePix S100FS       5th place, 157 points
1/4s, f5.6, ISO 200, 29mm, Manual, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: Cropped with perspective correction
Levels and curves
3 shot HDR with tone mapping
Dodge, burn and clone
Reduced saturation
      Extra Info: This is the view looking to the rear of the church. It was built in 1890 and was closed and de-consecrated in the 1980's due to roof and subsidence problems. It has now been stripped of every internal fitting including all the stain glass windows.

Most of he green you see is ivy and moss that has built up on the internal walls in patches below the windows and roof leaks.
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Jun 2, 2015
    Thank you all for the congrats and votes :-).

I'm quite pleased with the result as I guessed it wouldn't get the popular vote. It was too 'out of the ordinary' for that.

I think I will try something a bit more traditional next time ;-)

Jun 1, 2015
    Congrats Neil and Kudos for trying something outside of your comfort zone!

Jun 1, 2015
    Congrats on giving us . . . and now for something completely different :-) Excellent title too.

Jun 1, 2015
    I just loved this image- my #1. I am a bit surprised it gif not do better. Anyway congrats on a good finish in one of the toughest competitions.

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Jun 1, 2015
    Thank you for the comment. I admit I seem to be in the minority when it comes to the handling of this photo. I'd love to see how well it would have scored with minimal PP.

Jun 1, 2015
    The bones of this building are really beautiful. I think I would have preferred a more natural approach to the PP

Jun 1, 2015
    No problem. I'll add a B&W version to the outtakes for you along with the original.

It would be interesting to see how other people would have PP'ed this photo, so please feel free to mess around with my original :-) .
Edited on Jun 1, 2015

Jun 1, 2015
    the picture is very good the PP and HDR spoil it for me . maybe see a black white of the original with out the hdr in the outtakes

Jun 1, 2015
    Thanks very much babysister.

MERCURY - Glad you liked the church. Sorry the HDR jarred with you a bit.
Edited on Jun 1, 2015

Jun 1, 2015
    What a sad end to a lovely building. Well portrayed.

Jun 1, 2015
    Unfortunately a little too much HDR for my liking. Think you found a great subject for the challenge theme.

May 31, 2015
    I guess my idea of using the strong HDR (except for the obvious compression of widely varied brightness areas) was to enhance the distressed look of the building. I think it added to the feel of the photo too but I think I'm in the minority ;-) .
Edited on Jun 1, 2015

May 31, 2015
    Amazing subject and good composition, but I find the post processing is not sympathetic to the theme.

May 30, 2015
    Thank you so much! You see it the same way as I do :-) . I'll post the original for you in the outtakes thread. You will have to wait till my evening so it won't be till about 18 hours after the result.
Edited on May 31, 2015

May 30, 2015
    Simply outstanding. What a great find. Between this image and the synagogue - religion is in trouble. The post-processing is very impressive. I wonder what the OOC image looked like. Very high in my favs.

May 30, 2015
    I didn't get a lot of time to line up the camera as there were other groups trying to take photos in the church at the same time and we were getting in each others photos, so the camera might not have been perfectly central. The subsidence may have something to do with it too ;-) .
Edited on Jun 1, 2015

May 30, 2015
    Good subject. Looks like it's leaning towards the right. I think you overdid the HDR though.

May 29, 2015
    CI thought this might turn out to be a bit of a 'Marmite' photo (either love it or hate it).
Edited on May 31, 2015

May 29, 2015
    This looks like HDR on drugs. Lots of interesting details. Looks like it is tilted towards the right based on the windows in the back.

May 29, 2015
    johncomyn - I did try it in B&W but the graffiti got lost in the photo and did not stand out. I'm glad you like the church. I was chuffed when I found it on the net.

aKilter - I'm really glad you like the church. Thank you for disregarding your personal taste and voting for my photo :-)
Edited on May 31, 2015

May 29, 2015
    This is a wonderful abandoned building and I really like the symmetrical composition. I must say, however, the extreme HDR processing, even though well done, is just not my cup of tea. Regardless of my personal taste, this is still in my top ten.
Edited on Jun 1, 2015

May 29, 2015
    I think you found a excellent location! I like your symmetrical composition, except that it seems to be leaning to the right. I think the HDR colours are overdone, B&W would make this much better in my opinion.

May 29, 2015
    I will admit the HDR is a bit bold :-). This is the first time I've tried doing HDR and I may have got a bit carried away, but what you see is very close to what was in my minds eye before I set off to take this photo so I'm quite happy in the way it turned out. I thought this might be a bit of a 'Marmite' photo (either love it or hate it).

Funny you should mention 'grungy'. I'd never heard of Grungy before I tried the HDR program the other day as it has several Grungy settings, non of which I eventually used :-) .
Edited on May 31, 2015

May 29, 2015
    I am a big fan of HDR in general - but it has to be done with some restraint, IMO. This church has a lot of character that could have been brought out, but it is just too grungy and over-processed for my tastes.
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