I was playing around with this subject in Lightroom for a bit when I noticed I was able to get the street lamps to shine while the rest of the photo went black and white. I ended up finding a different picture and worked with the street lamps some more. I wish I knew I could do that because I would have taken more focused shots. Today was absolutely gorgeous, once again, so I decided to get rid of the nice blue sky and go for something a little blander. I tried to make the roofs seem richer than before, without making the rest of the oranges and reds come through. I like the result for today. I would have shown the entire bell tower (which looks pretty awesome) but there was a darn tree in the way. You can see the little branch coming in, but if I zoomed out some more of its brothers and sisters were cramming the shot.
Again I traveled into down town New Bern looking for my shot today. I might have to do this week entirely in down town; might work out for the best. Anyway, churches. I am not a church going person, which is blasphemy here in the Bible belt, but I do like seeing churches with some character. Being in the South you can find a church anywhere you look—anywhere…you…look. I saw a church today that was smaller than a mobile home and less inviting than a biker bar. They are a dime a dozen, so when I can come across one of these magnificent works of masonry art, I try to take it in. I have actually been inside this one before (for a wedding), and just like you would think, it’s impressive. But we are talking about the outside, today. I apologize, again, for not taking the entire structure in view, but I think the middle section there is impressive enough. There is a great amount of detail that went into those three windows and the roof surrounding. The color and placement of the shingles makes it look almost like brick. I am guessing it is a ceramic roof. Either way, I like it. The mid section of the bell tower looks like a medieval castle, and being a guy who likes his fantasy movies, castles hold a special place in my imaginative heart.
This is another building in New Bern that sticks out, and sets itself apart from the rest of the town. Even a city 300 years old (pretty old in American years) can have its modern feel take over, but this piece of history stands tall and in great condition. I enjoy the opportunity to see these old buildings still stand in their glory and make us think back to a time when our craftsmanship was top notch.