St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Midnapore

We’ve been having some pretty depressing weather here in Calgary for the past couple of weeks…lots of rain, a bit of snow and plenty of cold. Not the kind of weather you’d like to see at the end of May. However, this kind of weather produces some really cool looking cloud formations that make for absolutely great photos. I had been telling myself that I should go take advantage of the opportunity all week, but never mustered up the motivation until yesterday afternoon (thanks for the extra push sweetie!). I knew exactly where I wanted to go…St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Midnapore. This historical church was built in 1885 and is in fantastic shape thanks to the Midnapore Church of England Society who have worked hard to maintain the church since the 1990’s. I was inspired to photograph this church by Steph over at MzDeitz who posted a really cool photo of the dilapidated St. Patrick’s Catholic Church which is just a stones throw north of St. Paul’s.

The clouds couldn’t have been more perfect when I arrived…this was the first shot I took when I got to the scene and the only one I’ve processed so far. I think I should have a few more good ones to make a neat little series of the church and cemetary. Let me know what you think:

Canon EOS 50D, Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5, 13mm, F 11, ISO 100, 3 Exposures

The details: 3 exposure HDR tonemapped in Photomatix, white balance, contrast, clarity, sharpening in Lightroom, noise reduction in Noiseware.

rob - May 31, 2010 - 10:21 am

So George and I think that you need to crop out the buildings on the left and right hand side of the picture… this is a dope picture but could use about an inch of cropping on each side.. and possibly even put a blur effect on the chain link fence and get it out of there…

Other wise… this is top drawer heath… top drawer.

Tanya - May 31, 2010 - 11:04 am

I like the contrast in the ominious looking clouds and the headstone saying HOPE.

joeandrews - May 31, 2010 - 12:18 pm

awesome work, the sky is fantastic!!

yycofee - May 31, 2010 - 12:31 pm

Thanks for your input man. I’m actually not too fussed about seeing the buildings on the one side or the chain link fence…but someone at my office pointed out the fence as well…weird.

yycofee - May 31, 2010 - 12:31 pm

Thanks Tanya! I thought it was a cool juxtaposition as well.

yycofee - May 31, 2010 - 12:32 pm

Thanks very much!

mzdeitz - June 1, 2010 - 1:01 am

Nice shot!!!!! The sky….the grass…everything is perfect. I didn’t get to check out St Paul at all cuz when I went there were people there. I like the building in the corner of the shot cuz i know it’s St Patrick. 😉

yycofee - June 1, 2010 - 6:09 am

Thanks Steph! It’s crazy how well maintained St. Paul’s is and then right next door St. Patrick’s is in such disrepair…quite a shame.