Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Theme # 235 "Place of Worship"

This quaint little old church resides in the town of Yaphank, NY. It is right up the street from the old garage that I posted earlier in April. The little town of Yaphank was settled in 1726.
The Yaphank Presbyterian Church had its beginnings according to church and county records in the late 1700s. In 1817 the local Millville (Yaphank) schoolhouse on Sundays hosted a Sunday School mission of the Middle Island Presbyterian Church. After a number of years of worshipping in homes and in the schoolhouse, the present church was built as a chapel in 1851. In October 1871 the Yaphank Presbyterian Church was officially recognized as an individual church by the Long Island Presbytery.
After days of rain I could finally go outside and attempt something for the blog. This is basically a straight forward shot meaning I just got out of the car,got my camera and took a few shots. I purposely used the tree branches (on top and right side) and the bush on the bottom to sort of frame the photo for me. I used Lightroom for PP and PSE-7 for the frame and also the removal of lens distortion(both vertical and horizontal). I very rarely will shoot a building straight head on as I like to see the perspective and depth of the building. If you have been following my exif data in my posts you will notice that 90% of the time I shoot in Aperture mode and set my f/stop to give me that good DOF. I focused on a spot of grass on the left side in front of the church. That way the bush on the right and the whole church was in acceptable focus. I also used my circular polarizer in this shot and it is quite noticeable.
Nikon D90 2009/05/06 15:53:36
RAW (12-bit)
Lens: VR 18-200mm F/3.5-5.6 G
Focal Length: 18mm
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/30 sec - F/22
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
White Balance: Auto
Hand Held


  1. Very Nice shot Edmund, composition is great.

  2. What a beautiful little church - I love little churches like this. Lovely image!

  3. You certainly did justice to this beautiful old church. Perfect perspective and your tree-branch framing is ideal.

    The circular polarizer certainly gave you a lovely sky. I have one but rarely use it - usually I just make adjustments using the graduated filter in LR. Do you prefer using the circular polarizer?

  4. Julie, It is interesting that you ask about the polarizing filter. I find that this filter does not appear to work as well in the digital format as when used in the older film format. It's kind of hard to explain but I find that when using in Digital the blue sky is somewhat washed out nearer the edge closest to the sun. So if the sun was 90 degress off to the right side that right side of blue sky was washed out and then gradually as you movrd to the center the sky color turned to the deeper (polarized effect) blue. I even called Nikon about this and asked if the fact that the newer Digital filters were of the slim line design and if that would cause this effect. They said no and reccommended to use the lens hood to help alliveate this problem. So in answering your question, I generally use the filter and if it needs something else I will add some very light blue with the graduated filter in PP in LR. I do know that if it is a beautiful,sunny, Cumulous cloudy day and you use the filter the clouds seem to be puffy and jump out of the image at you. I don't think the gradient filter will give this effect. But when I see a cloud like this I will take two shots to see the difference with and w/o the filter.

  5. Beautiful shot!! Cute looking church.

  6. What a beautiful church, your framing with the trees is a nice touch.

  7. You did shoot and frame this just beautifully.

  8. Thanks, Eddie. We've been having some nice clouds like you described so I will try to give it a try too. One problem I have with the circular polarizer is trying to align myself with the sun at the proper angle to get the polarizing effect.