Worship

“Worship is one of the odder things the Christian community does…

But, with worship there is the very real potential and possibility that, by God’s Spirit, I will be enlivened, nourished, purified, opened, surrendered and so will you.”

The Rev. Dr. Dan McCoig

The very elegant communion table in the Boyd Chapel of First Presbyterian Church, Winchester. Order a print of this image.

The very elegant communion table in the Boyd Chapel of First Presbyterian Church, Winchester.
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Sanctuary

As I make my way through some new interior church shoots I wanted to apply some of my new-found techniques to an older photo of my church.  I discovered it’s not ALL about techniques and post-processing (actually I knew this going in).  This is in direct response to that pocket of folks who believe that all the post-processing work that’s all the rage now is cheating.  I’m here to say that the post-processing will certainly bring out the best in an image, but if you don’t start with a decent image (tack-sharp, great composition, interesting subject matter, etc.) you’re not going to get very far.  I’m satisfied with the edit of this image, but I wish I had a better image to begin with.

The main sanctuary at First Presbyterian Church, Winchester.  Order a print of this image.

The main sanctuary at First Presbyterian Church, Winchester. Order a print of this image.

Recital

I must have some inner urge to photograph the interior of buildings these days.  And there’s certainly a huge opportunity for that when you live in an historic town like I do.  Granted, Shenandoah University isn’t a really old university, but it does have some great buildings.

Goodson Chapel Recital Hall

Goodson Chapel Recital Hall. Order a print of this image.

Chapel

I’m slowly making my way through the downtown buildings in Winchester and I’m diggin’ all the shoots and fascinating architecture I’m seeing.  I really wish I’d known how to shoot back when we went to England.  Anyway…

I usually don’t engage in altering an image’s content, but this time I did.  Various things in the original image just seemed distracting so I went ahead and removed them (things like thermostat controls, light switches and literature racks).  I’d have to put them back in if I were to submit this image for any major contest, though.

Enjoy.

The Boyd Chapel at First Presbyterian Church in Winchester, VA. Among other gatherings, this space lends itself to the 7:30 am worship service each Sunday.  Order a print of this image.

The Boyd Chapel at First Presbyterian Church in Winchester, VA. Among other gatherings, this space lends itself to the 7:30 am worship service each Sunday. Order a print of this image.