Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA  

Church with heart by Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA

June 2022 - Church with heart

June 2022 - Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA


About the Image(s)

Church With Heart

This image was taken last Fall in Cairo, Illinois. It is an interesting old church, but what caught my eye is the kind of heart shape in the roof shingles, and the texture of the stonework. I took it with my Olympus E-M5 Mark III camera, Olympus 12-45mm lens, at 27mm (54mm in 35mm equivalent), 1/1600th second, f8, and ISO 400. I corrected the perspective to level the roof, cleaned up some power lines, made the steeple darker, and cropped some off the right side. I then used the clone tool to make the pattern more of a heart shape, and converted to monochrome in NIK Silver Effects Pro, and Wet Rocks.

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7 comments posted

Wes Odell   Wes Odell
All aspects look nice and straightened and proper.   Posted: 06/01/2022 06:13:46

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
It's a really great shot: the church is interesting; those little puffy clouds could not be better if you had them ordered custom-made; and the heart-shaped repair (and your modification to it) look perfect. Good eye to spot the repair.
I will comment, as I often do, about perspective alteration: the grass-lines say "the viewpoint is to one side," and so does the side of the clock tower facing the roof. But the altered perspective says, "the viewpoint is straightaway." I recommend leaving a little of the original perspective, because that is what you actually saw.   Posted: 06/05/2022 18:55:11
Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Thanks for the recommendation. I will keep that in mind.   Posted: 06/05/2022 19:26:20

Diana Magor   Diana Magor
Yes, I agree that there is something slightly odd with the perspective. The heartshaped stain is weird! The only real problem is that the building is flat on to the camera and there isn't much shadow to give it form so the image doesn't really keep your interest for long. It is a good record shot of the church though.   Posted: 06/10/2022 13:19:08

Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
The texture on the church and roof are nicely captured. The heart shape on the roof is really interesting. Your handling of the clouds helps enhance the roof heart. I agree with the comments on perspective.   Posted: 06/12/2022 06:17:57

Jennifer Doerrie   Jennifer Doerrie
You've found yet another beautiful old church building. My eye went right to the heart shape, so your modification of that was effective. I wonder how the roof came to be stained only in that area?   Posted: 06/27/2022 01:01:08
Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
They may have had to replace some of the roof shingles, and did not use a matching color. When I look at the original again, there seems to be an area at the very back that is the same color as the heart.   Posted: 06/27/2022 06:34:18