A Rose in the Wall

i On Niagara – Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic Church

Don’t you just love old craftsmanship and monumentality? Come with me and my photography group to see the places they find interesting. I am on a long road of discovery of sorts and this group has opened me up to seeing places differently than I have seen them before.

Blessed Trinity RC Church – The nave is 48 feet high, the dome 73 feet to the top. A HDR photo.

These images all were taken at places my photography meet up group gets together. We don’t visit too many gardens, but some are planned. I mostly will not go with the photography group on them because I am affiliated with the members of the Garden Walk circuit. I prefer to shoot gardens on my own too!

Here are other places our group went that I did attend.

A HDR photo, three exposures make one image.

But, I do enjoy going to these photography shoots, since many professionals owning their own studios belong. I learn from seeing what they choose to shoot, equipment that they use, and how they frame up the images.

Unfortunately, I did not attend with the group when they visited the Blessed Trinity RC Church shown here. I was ill and called the Church to arrange a quick peek inside. My friend and I were allowed one half hour inside to shoot.  When the group attended, they were afforded three hours. I did my best in the time we were given, but did not know at first we only had one half hour, and I did too much dawdling.

The rose window is 13 feet in diameter.

This happened at the last church I photographed, St. Joseph Cathedral, but not because the church limited my time, I was stopping before getting to a job meeting. Having a deadline does make you think harder about your set up.

Lombard Romanesque Architecture, made with handmade bricks. See how the bricks are all different and oddly oriented throughout the structure?

Here is another Church in our area, the Unitarian Church, below, that uses a similar, and odd, stone masonry construction. Sorry for the image, it was taken as the guys were installing new landscaping.

Being an architect, I am very accustomed to deadlines, so you just get a certain mind-set about your shortened time.

Outside the Church, we were allowed all the time we wanted. We were shooting at 3 pm and I could not stay much longer though. Sunset at 7 pm would have illuminated the left rear of the church anyway.

This exterior image is the rear of the church.

If you followed my series on Inspiration, both these places offer oodles of inspiration. Everywhere you look, there is something to capture your attention.

I do love these type of shooting situations because shooting in low light is a real learning experience for those of us used to shooting landscapes. As an architect, I was often shooting inside, but always over exposing to make sure I saw all I could see. The photos were for documentation purpose only. Plus I was shooting with a Nikon F2 and film and did not want to have to return and reshoot the job. The images were not meant to be pretty, either.

Buffalo Museum of Science

Now talk about low light!!!

Did you wonder where this shot came from? I was with my photography group when I took it. It has appeared twice before in the post, World’s View – Water Water Everywhere and Inspire for Earth Day – What’s Your Place on Planet Earth.

Not like I could get a photograph of planet Earth on the way back from Pandora. But, boy would I have been inspired to try. Maybe I can convince the group to take a space trip.

Or visit the Congo.

Shots like these were a real challenge without using a flash.

Rest in eternal peace, my little Pharaoh.

Future upcoming posts are also i On Niagara posts, taking you to Lewiston, NY to see the Freedom Crossing Monument garden and the Erie County Botanical Gardens and Duck pond.

But the next two posts look at Spring trees in the landscape. Both have images from landscapes I have designed, highlighting trees and shrubs and their use on large properties. Some of the trees are over one hundred years old and were preserved on the properties.

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About Garden Walk Garden Talk

I love to photograph, paint, draw, design, garden, travel the world, and pass on a few tips and ideas that I learned through experience as a Master Gardener and architect. I am highly trained in my field and enjoy my work each and every day. I garden in Niagara Falls, NY in zone 6-B. Find me at: http://gardenwalkgardentalk.com
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16 Responses to A Rose in the Wall

  1. joey says:

    Amazing tour and images! In awe, thank you for sharing.

  2. Sartenada says:

    Wow. What a set of lovely photos. I love especially photos from “Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic Church”. Thank You delighted my morning!

  3. Wow! Those are really impressive shots! The buildings are imposing by themselves but the angles you used really shows off the structure. I am also impressed by your low light shots at the museum. Really clear, focused shots. I am envious that you have a photography group where you can learn from professionals on such outings.

  4. gauchoman2002 says:

    I’m usually not much of a churchy person, but those shots were extraordinary. You truly made me stop and look at the detail and find inspiration in many different things. I wish I knew more about masonry and know why the brickwork was done in that haphazard manner…I sense an Internet research project is in order.

    • They are handmade bricks without using a mold. The different shapes that dried made it a little harder to place in traditional patterns. Plus, I believe, many individuals participated in the construction of varying experience levels. The stone building is very unique in our area.

  5. I am fascinated by old and large cathedrals for many reasons. One reason is the intricate and lovely architecture which you have captured with your lens so beautifully. To be surrounded with such beauty is an awesome experience. Thank you for sharing these incredible places!

  6. I love the HDR of the inside of the church. It captures the feeling of being there.

  7. b-a-g says:

    Clever photography of the church aisle.

  8. The church is magnificent, Donna. Can’t wait to see the photos you take on your space trip! P. x

  9. Beautiful. And the Nikon F2 like all the F series is a great camera.

    What you write about old craftsmanship reminds me of another Longfellow poem, ‘The Builders’

    “In the elder days of Art,
    Builders wrought with greatest care
    Each minute and unseen part;
    For the Gods see everywhere.”

  10. Shyrlene says:

    Every time I stop by, your photos just blow me away. This time around you have captured the essence of ethereal, though your eye – the camera lens and beyond. Then we get to sit back and browse through your gallery of art.

  11. I adore churches that are unique and have such architectural beauty…this is an incredible on with that front entrance, the stained glass and that brick..wow! I can see you being a space photographer.

  12. cathywieder says:

    Oh, my! Such incredible photographs. I wish there was a course like this close to me! (Never mind such an incredible place to practice!)

  13. Patty says:

    Absolutely fabulous photos!! The architectural photos of the churches are awesome. They certainly don’t make them like that anymore -what a shame.

  14. Les says:

    Though I am much more spiritual than I am religious, I do enjoy visiting a well built church, and this one looks grand.

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