Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA  

Old Church and Cemetery by Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA

July 2024 - Old Church and Cemetery

About the Image(s)

I was out exploring the countryside near my home and I came across this old church building and cemetery. I wanted to use some of the grave markers to add interest to the foreground. It is St James United Church of Christ ( but the name has changed several times over the years). The church building was built in 1896, and an interesting fact is that at that time, the sermon was given in German, but soon changed to English. Some of the grave markers are dated in the 1850's. I used my Olympus camera and 14-150mm lens at 17mm, 1/500th second, and ISO 200.

6 comments posted

Butch Mazzuca   Butch Mazzuca
Tom, you did a nice job on this and as expected you did a nice job technically. The image has a lot of visual interest and tells its story plainly. Having said that, I find my eye bouncing between the headstones and the church - I'm not sure how I would improve the composition but images with a COI and where the viewer remains focused on a single subject tend to do better in compositions in my opinion - still, a really nice and different capture   Posted: 07/04/2024 18:24:06
Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
It may be the headstone on the far left, since it has so much visual detail. Removing that head stone, or blurring the detail may help the image -- what do you think?   Posted: 07/12/2024 14:52:10

Gaetan Manuel   Gaetan Manuel
A good composition - Simplicity (less is more!); the grave markers acting as foreground interests; the grave markers acting as a 'repetition'; the church itself with its windows and architecture.   Posted: 07/08/2024 11:00:20

Butch Mazzuca   Butch Mazzuca
Tom - yes the headstone on the far left does hold the eye for a second or so, but even if removed, my eye would still wander through the image. I think the image needs a clear center of interest, in this case, you have head stones and a church.   Posted: 07/12/2024 15:40:58

Hoshedar Cooper   Hoshedar Cooper
Very nice image Tom. Whilst I get what Butch states, I would view it differently as the headstones acting as leading lines and adding to an interesting element to the image and even enhancing it. Without the headstones, it would only be a church. With them included the story is complete. I would not change a thing. Well done.   Posted: 07/15/2024 08:59:47
Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Hoshedar, thanks, that is what I was wanting for the image. Butch has a differing idea, but maybe that is why photography is considered an art with viewers seeing an image differently.   Posted: 07/15/2024 09:05:41


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