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Old Sheldon Church circa 1755
Old Sheldon Church circa 1755

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Challenge: Free Study 2011-07 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D
Location: Yemassee, SC
Date: Jul 4, 2011
Aperture: f/9
ISO: 640
Shutter: 1/250 sec.
Galleries: Black and White, History
Date Uploaded: Jul 22, 2011

This is an old abandoned church from the 1700's it was burned during the Revolutionary War - Rebuild - then burned again in the Civil War by Sherman. It was never reconstructed.

It is called Old Sheldon Church.

Official History:

Sheldon Church has lain in ruin for more than 120 years. Its gable roof, pediment, windows, and interior have disappeared, but the classic simplicity of its design still remains. One of the first Greek-Revival structures built in the United States, Prince William's Parish Church, erected 1745-55, was once one of the most impressive churches in the Province. During the Revolution, the Patriots are believed to have stored gun powder in it. In 1779, when the British General Augustine Prevost invaded the Lowcountry, the church was burned by a detachment which according to tradition, was commanded by the flamboyant local Tory, Andrew Deveaux. Rebuilt in 1826, the church was again burned by Sherman's men in 1865. The ruins are nevertheless a picturesque site from which the visitor can visualize the grandeur of the pre-Revolutionary church.

I love this location. It is out in the woods/swamp all alone. Wonderful location for photo shoots it is my goal to be here sometime in the early, early am with fog/mist rising around the building...hope you enjoyed it.

Convert from RAW
Moved to PSE8
Desaturated all the colors except the brick
Overlayed with SEP-2
Then I spent hours using erase/brush tool to expose the brick in the picture.
Topaz DeNoise
did another layer of SEP-2 to soften the B&W of the picture a little
Topaz DeNoise
Saved for WEB

Place: 148 out of 343
Avg (all users): 5.8963
Avg (commenters): 6.1429
Avg (participants): 5.8582
Avg (non-participants): 6.0667
Views since voting: 1030
Views during voting: 261
Votes: 164
Comments: 10
Favorites: 1 (view)

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08/10/2011 05:15:41 PM
I honestly thought this would finish in the top 10. It's a lovely photo, with an interesting subject, and an unconventional edit that makes it unique. Keep shooting this kind of subject and keep exploring edits that convey an interesting perspective.
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08/09/2011 10:52:33 PM
Really beautiful -- the awesome tree accenting the majestic ruins. I also thought it looked like IR. The selective desat was an excellent choice to simplify what might have been a busy shot with the green left in. BTW, I gave it a 9.
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08/08/2011 12:30:06 AM
oh my gosh you are crazy with doing all that work to re-expose the brick lol. i love how this looks like an IR shot. This is so pretty!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/06/2011 08:47:09 AM
Very well executed selective desaturation.
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08/04/2011 09:34:01 PM
Soft and mysterious, even in the high light. Makes me wonder how it looks at dawn.
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08/04/2011 04:08:27 PM
Love those types of trees, gives the scene a spooky feel.
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08/04/2011 12:01:38 AM
Interesting desaturation.
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08/03/2011 11:54:07 AM
Is this a layer with IR? Beautiful color and contrast...
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08/03/2011 09:42:56 AM
Really like this, the moss off the tree and the contrast with the bricks of the old church really makes this stand out. slight vignetting also
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08/01/2011 10:42:07 PM
That tree branch is awesome. Not as old as the structure, but it has been there awhile. I'm not sold on the selective desaturation but then it has never been my thing. I do think you have a strong, solid composition here, though some might declare it "busy".
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