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Saint Mark's Church
Posted By: The Pentax Hammer, 10-20-2007, 01:13 PM

Saint Mark's Episcopal Church in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. This is my favorite building of any kind, style, era, whatever.. in the entire city. The church was built back in 1836, and is the oldest stone structure standing in the city.

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10-20-2007, 01:35 PM   #2
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Nice shot! (Psst - The topic of this weeks weekly contest is churches!
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Hmmm.... thanks!
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Gary, that is certainly some beautiful architecture - no wonder it is a favourite.

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Excellent work again Gary. It looks as if you've mastered the HDR technique. That sky with the deep blue and soft clouds really makes this shot a stunner.

If you like this tyoe of structure then you have to plan a trip to Quebed City some day. It's basically like stepping back 300 + years in Europe. The old walled city/fort has been preserved and is a place a photog could get lost in for a week. Google "images of Chateau Frontenac" and get a taste of what I mean.

If you're interested here's a link with a few pics of Quebec:

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Excellent work...
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Very very nice capture Gary, the image has almost the 3D look on it, I like the color balance and sharpness, it doesn't have the "plastic look".Congratulation and thanks for sharing.


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Gary, The shot is stunning. Detail and sharpness is amazing. I'm not sure about the framing however. It seems to be a bit distracting to me.

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I agree with most others Gary (and Mr Hyde comments on the framing -it is more distracting in the weekly contest just cause it is smaller) - HDR is very well done. Stunning detail. That builidng I assume in now a Lanmark ? If not it should be .
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Not to hijack the thread but, I really agree with Peter regarding Quebec City. I fell in love with the place and it's "European" atmosphere. As for the Frontenac, unfortunately there were just too many people, I didn't have the SLR not the shift lense.

I got me a room on St. Jean during St Jean Baptiste week...
Discovered St. Jean Church, the old Town, a church now a library...

I'd recommend Ville Quebec to anyone, whether for photography or otherwise.
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Wow ... that's a stunning shot ... and I really like what you have done with the border as well.
10-22-2007, 06:49 AM   #12
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Sorry about the framing guys. I really appreciate the feedback. Back to the drawing board - lol
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As I looked at that picture from top to bottom, I just spontaneously said, "Wow!" Hope I can shoot and process pictures like that some day! I was most impressed with just the exposure of the building - the shadows were not too dark and the rest of it wasn't too light. Awesome!
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Nice shot. Strong colour! I like it

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