If a building doesn’t have a roof, does it still have an interior?
This is the unfinished church up in St. Georges. Writing this post has made me realize that I don’t know much about it. A quick Google search tells me that construction was started in the 1870s after that parish’s church, St. Peters, was damaged by a storm. As it was thought that the damage was irreparable they began building. However, the replacement was not completed. Apparently, one of the issues was that the parishioners couldn’t agree on whether they should build a new church or fix St. Peters.
Unfortunately, it’s been deemed too dangerous to enter and big metal gates bar entry. It makes for an interesting challenge trying to find a good angle. I tried a few different methods. One of which involved setting my tripod on a windowsill while standing on a small ledge. The problem was that to frame up the picture I needed two hands. One to move the camera, the other to lock it in place. Every time I took both hands off I’d slowly fall off the wall. The solution was to have my girlfriend stand behind me and push me against the wall. In this position I was able to operate the camera. I did forget to mention to her when I’d finished using two hands and she could let go. We stayed in that position, with me balancing on my own, for quite a while longer than we needed.
For this shot, I stood at the metal gate and propped my tripod against it. I only used two legs so that I could slip the lens through the gaps in the metal. I only shot 3 exposures, from -2 to +2, because the sun was high enough that this would do the trick. I combined the three exposures using Photomatix and then cleaned it up a bit in Photoshop.