Mark McKinney  

Green Moss Church by Mark McKinney

August 2019 - Green Moss Church

About the Image(s)

I know infrared isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. This was taken at the Green Moss Church near Marshall Illinois.
I had my Pentax K 7 converted to a a B&W infrared camera. I like to experiment with it. The evening light was good. The color pictures are nice I think. Still, this has some impact and brings out the light and shadows.
Pentax K7 converted by Spencer Camera. 200 mm focal length. F 9, 1/180th second. ISO 200. Processed in Photo Shop and then an Alien B&W filter.

7 comments posted

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Visiting from 48 & 80
Very nice image but I'd really love to see the originals   Posted: 08/04/2019 21:59:58

Guy Davies   Guy Davies
(Group 4)
Mark, the difference between the shaded angular church and the bright rounded tree creates an attractive visual contrast. I think you could add drama to the scene with some extra contrast. It is a pity that you have just clipped the roof at the left edge.   Posted: 08/09/2019 11:45:11
Mark McKinney   Mark McKinney
Thank you guy. The roof isn't clipped in original image. I used a filter to get that ray effect at the top and I now see (thanks to you) the roof is clipped on the left. Contrast is a tricky thing with B&W infrared (remember this was shot as infrared). I would like some more contrast. I put extra work in the edit to get the light shadow area on the church front.   Posted: 08/09/2019 11:59:39
Guy Davies   Guy Davies
(Group 4)
Mark, I agree about contrast being tricky with b/w infra red, especially when you have such a vivid bright tree as you have here. You could try in the Shadows/Highlights adjustment in Photoshop (default setting Shad 35/Hlts 0) and then use a Curves layer to restore contrast.   Posted: 08/10/2019 07:43:50

Harley Rubens   Harley Rubens
I loved this shot even when I first saw it. I have not had time to respond, but have to not let your comment about my photo affect me. I did not notice the roof until I read the critiques. It probably should be added. The light on the church seems ethereal. Not sure about infrared, but the photo makes me want to pray and be blessed. The light shines day and night. I am in Illinois and want to visit it.   Posted: 08/15/2019 17:55:34
Mark McKinney   Mark McKinney
It is near Marshall Illinois. East Central Illinois. Green Moss Church.   Posted: 08/15/2019 18:24:21

Linda M Medine   Linda M Medine
Love the mood of this image. Great contrast. I also feel the image
needs more room in it. It feel a little boxed in and the shadow on the top of the church don't look like they are going in the same direction as the filter light above. I hope that made sense. Looks like the light is coming
from the right and not the top.
  Posted: 08/16/2019 13:25:41


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