The Faithful

Black And White Photography, Garreth, Photography

The Church of Bones

Ashleigh, Black And White Photography, Photography

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Canon 80D, 18-55mm lens
f4.5; ISO 3200; 1/160sec

The Sedlec Ossuary (or ‘Church of Bones’) is a spectacular work of art located in Kutna Hora, in the Czech Republic.  The inside of the church is dramatically adorned by the bones of more than 40,000 human skeletons, which have been arranged in various structures.  Above is the church’s coat of arms, which was originally the crest of the Schwarzenberg family.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Black And White Photography, Joerg, Photography

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Country Church

Black And White Photography, David Jensen, Photography

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For those in need of a quiet place to savor a bit of peace in a challenging world.  This small church is nestled in the trees away from the busyness of urban living.

Canon 5D S, ISO 100, Tamron 28-75mm 2.8@30mm, f / 7.1, 1/3200 sec, Silver Efex Pro 2

Kazan Cathedral

Ashleigh, Black And White Photography, Photography

Canon 80D, 18-55mm lens
f4.0; ISO 800; 1/3200sec

In July, my family and I spent a few days in St. Petersburg, Russia.  This is the Kazan Cathedral, a functional Russian Orthodox Church styled after St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. I tried to go for a unique angle and was lucky enough to catch a plane in the background; an interesting juxtaposition of historical architecture and modern technology!

I Am A Lucky Child

Black And White Photography, Emilio, Photography
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St. Patrick’s Cathedral
New York City
December 15, 2015

“Parents and schools should place great emphasis on the idea that it is all right to be different. Racism and all the other ‘isms’ grow from primitive tribalism, the instinctive hostility against those of another tribe, race, religion, nationality, class or whatever. You are a lucky child if your parents taught you to accept diversity.”
Roger Ebert

Screwed and Owned…

Black And White Photography, Mario, Meho, Photography

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Owned because I can’t make Photoshop work well in a Windows 10 virtual machine running under Linux… Ok sorry for the technical vocabulary. I am running Linux Ubuntu on my desktop and I can’t find any good photograhy software. So I feel owned by Adobe and Microsoft 😥

I wish I could get more from that picture. I can see aliasing…

I am looking to buy this coming fall a Sony Z5 cellphone (benchmark) which actually gives a nice 23Mpx. If I can make somthing good with it, I’ll be able to shoot AND to process every picture on this cellphone.

We’ll see.

Silence

Black And White Photography, Mike, Photography

Another photo from a fairly recent exploration of some abandoned rural buildings. This old church has been left to rot in the elements for many years now and this was my first time venturing inside. It was so quiet and eerie in there, with just the sound of creaking wood and tree branches scratching against the exterior walls. One of the situations where you get your shots quick and get out. I think the main tower will come crashing through any day now.

Mission Church

Black And White Photography, Joseph, Photography

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Fujifilm X-E2 and Fujinon XF 18-55 R OIS Lens – 1/850 @ f/6.4 ISO 200

This is an abandoned Spanish style or Mission church that I ran across in my travels.

Pine Valley Chapel

Emilio, Photography

Pine Valley Chapel

I have a problem with Baptism, especially in the Mormon faith. I am not a Mormon, nor a very religious person. I have prayed, but not for myself. Those moments I feel closest to a deity is when I am out in nature, never in a church, temple, or chapel. When I was much younger, I remember walking into St. Patrick’s Cathedral and whispering, “oh, my God” at the magnificence of the interior. My ears were dutifully boxed by my father! (I did not press charges as no permanent damage was sustained.) So, as for baptism in the Mormon faith it occurs when the child is 8 years old and said child has shown faith and repentance. Repentance of what? What has a child of 8 accomplished, good or bad, that he or she must repent? And does an eight year old have faith? Or does he/she attend church/temple because his/her parent says he/she must? (I’m getting tired of this he/she business. From now on I will use the female gender only because, well, I like my female gender to come with a little sin!) The reason I single out the Mormon’s is only because I have recently been witness to a baptism where the daughter was immersed (no sprinkling of a little holy water for the Mormons but a tiny pool where the father dunks his sinful child under and holds her there for the balance of the prayer). This is one of the nicest 8-year-old girls I have ever met. Has she sinned? Told a lie? Probably. But is any lie evil enough to warrant her being forced to bathe in front of friends and family? (OK, she is totally dressed so it’s not like she’s really bathing. I just wanted to make sure you were paying attention). And she’s dressed in white for goodness’ sake. Isn’t white the universal sign of innocence? If she is innocent, has she sinned? Must she be immersed under water and ruin her hair do? I don’t know. I just have so many unanswered questions!

(If you, too, have questions, please visit me at Photos By Emilio where I have lot’s of answers. I just need someone to ask the questions!)