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Old Abandoned Church in Sepia

Old Abandoned Church in Sepia
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-17
Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
Camera: Canon EOS 30D, Tamron AF28-300 XR
Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Lens Lover's Award, Friday theme 2008/02/29 "Old Building Sepia", Old Buildings and Yards [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-28 1:24
Viewed: 55350
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 94
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Old Abandoned Church

While driving north to the Bay of Islands via the west coast in December 2006 with my English cousins we happened upon this old abandoned church building. We stopped and went inside and took some pictures. Neglect and the ravages of weather have begun to take over this nearly century-old church.

This is my English cousin peering in the window of the old church building in Ohutianga Road in Middle Northland, close to Ranui, south-east of Dargaville.

The building was open for all to walk in, but the altar was not there. There were some old chairs strewn around inside and we could se some strange alien-like sketches were plastered around the room. But they looked rather dusty and we surmised that no one had met there for a while.

There are many old buildings like this spotted in the New Zealand rural landscape. Churches that once thrived in the local farming communities now lay abandoned, slowly rotting away. Many of them were built in this type of architecture too.

I have no idea what church it was. There were no graves outside, so it canít have had a cemetery attached to it. There were no Maori carving there either Ė unless they had been taken away.

Can you see an abandoned car in the distance just behind the church on the left? The boot is raised. There were a few vehicles like that around this area. Many had grass growing up inside of them. . .

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Good evening Janice

This is excellent, really lovely old building with good sharpness and detail and excellent notes too

TFS and for joining in the theme

kind regards Helen

Hi Janice,
this is a really beautiful photo of a old building (church), and choice of sepia makes all more interesting.
I can see more of details (and car too).
Processing is very well done, clouds are very imposing.
Beautiful discovery :)

Nice regards,

Classic shot Janice, well captured, shame about the person in it, almost perfect :)

Hello Janice! Amazing sepia, wonderful church, very funny scene. Nice capture. Original picture. Good luck!

Hi Janice,
Abandoned places are always interesting and often makes good photos. This is no exception. I like your choice of sepia, I love the way the details and textures of the church contrasts against that smooth sky. The person looking in to the church adds to the composition and so does the car. Well seen and captured.


Excelente imagen, buen detalle y tonalidad, coposicion y sepia. Muy buena. Felicidades.

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1631 W: 114 N: 2985] (16653)
  • [2008-02-28 2:09]

Hi Janice,

Wonderful shot you got here, your English cousin definatelly a bonus for the photo...:P

Excellent composition and details, very well captured my dear


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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2008-02-28 2:22]

As you know I love old churches and this is a real beauty. The sepia is really great here, and your cousin peeking in the window. TFS

Hello Janice!
Great sepia composition and nice atmosphere!
Very very good perspective!
Excellent done!
Best regards!

Hello Janice.
Think they need to pray louder, so maybe it will get a new roof ?
Very good looking picture with that sepia tones.
It really effect the clouds and wheater. Good one.
Groeten en Kia ora van Jan

HEllo Janice
great shot
beautiful ambience
nicely done
great composition

Manuj MEhta

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  • jone Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2365 W: 178 N: 0] (32781)
  • [2008-02-28 3:40]

Hi Janice ;)
wonderful POV and composition...TFS
J ;)

Clearly a 'runner', this one, Janice! Well done on the composition (church, tree, meadows and sky - and peeping niece) and sepia tone which completely changes the mood of such an impression. (Though her dressing style is modern.) - Cordelia :))

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2008-02-28 4:05]

Hello, my downstairs neighbour!
Great capture, made all the better by the person peering in the window!
superb PP work as well
This is an instant fave! and one for the Lens Lovers

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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2008-02-28 6:40]

Hi Janice...
Fantastic capture of "Abandoned Church"..!
That kind of places are always interesting for mace a photos.
Nice sepia tones - Nice story...
Well done,
Rgd. George

Hi Janice ,
Before I read the title, and at the first look I tought it was an old country school . This is a nice old building . Well taken with the good angle and respecfull of the rules of the third .
The sky is also beautifull .

love your old Abandoned Church in sepia, Janice.. excellent shot.. even the clouds are stunning.. look like an old house.. but the only different are the windows..

lovely finding and composition.. well done..

regards, terry

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  • mbrito Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
  • [2008-02-28 8:45]

Beautiful capture of a beautiful church, Great compo, and an excelentlight and detail capture. Congrats, Janice.
My regards, jmb

beautiful capture for the theme.

It's a truly beautiful image of an old building.
The sepia tone adds moods to it. I love the details and hard textures of the building against the soft, fluffy sky. Beautiful composition, great atmosphere.
Well done.

This is a lovely shot, Janice!
Is there a town nearby because this building looks completely isolated!
I like your pov, taking the building from the corner rather than the front or the side; it helps the perspective!
Good, sharp image and one that responds welll to sepia!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • glint Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 593 W: 3 N: 545] (3785)
  • [2008-02-28 10:46]

hello Janice,
ncley PP'd in sepia this is an attractive composition. Your cousin completes the scene very well.

Hello Janice,

Excelent capture of this old building. Great colour tones and clarity. Very well composed and PP. TFS

Kind regards,

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  • WMcK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 663 W: 11 N: 1718] (6837)
  • [2008-02-28 11:48]

Very well done, Janice. I love the subject and how well you have captured it. It is fantastic in the sepia and I can see the old car with the hood up. Great composition and presentation.

Delightful Janice, very well converted. Nicely composed and fine all over detail. We have the same abandoned Churches here and quite often they appear for sale in real estate magazines. TFS,

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  • jackal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 802 W: 26 N: 779] (8727)
  • [2008-02-28 12:23]

Well done Janice - your cousin peeping in the window really sets it off, Abandoned Car? I had to look twice to find it

Kia Ora Janice,

Nice to hear from you. Ues its been a while since i've posted any images of note here....I seem to have been really busy doing lots of nothing if you know what I mean. Other than retiring from work that is!!!!!

You really need to visit the Sacre Couer next time you are in Paris. I was with my Kiwi friends, Mike and Liz Hall, who live in Northcote, when I took that shot of the roof of the Basilica. They had RWC tickets and were crying all week. Never mind. :(. We didn't fair well in the final either!

Well I didn't see this church on my travels to the Bay of Islands, but you have captured the scene wonderfully. it works great in sepia. Well done.

I do remember however, there being lots of abandoned cars in fields all over NZ, both islands. It seemed a shame to me that they were left to rot. Indicative of the rural economy I suppose.

Thanks for your kind comments, and thanks for posting. Must look this beauty up on my next visit to Aoterora.

Take Care,


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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2008-02-28 17:00]

Hi Janice,
This is wonderful--- really good sharpness. It's been there for a long time. Nicely seen and TFS Julie

Elle est parfaite sur tous les points.

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1094 W: 599 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2008-02-28 22:14]
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Hi Janice,this image looks good in Sepia tone,I like your POV & your cousin adds a mood to the composition.Not sure if the building is neglected as there seems to have been some maintance re roof.TFS


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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4436 W: 640 N: 9631] (55122)
  • [2008-02-29 3:23]

Hi Janice

A superb entry in the theme with a marvellous sepia tone & good sharpness. Tfs!

Hello Janice,
Fantastic photograph, what a mood!
Excellent composition and execution.
I love this sepia tone.

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  • WTS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 231 W: 52 N: 275] (1434)
  • [2008-02-29 8:41]

Hi Janice
Its been a while since I could get back to this. just trying to catch up on yours and Dawns work has taken a while.
In this photo it was the sky not the building that caught my attention, Like the detail and tones the sky has, makes a great frame around the Church.
As usual detail, sharpness and notes well done.


Hello Janice, your cousin peeping through the window completes this scene for me.It is a lovely picture with good sharpness and textures.
Interesting notes.
The sepia works well.
Tfs, regards Jean.

Great sharp photo
Peeping inside makes it exiting.

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  • ttreen Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1317 W: 129 N: 3792] (15759)
  • [2008-02-29 13:03]

Hello Janice

I really like your take on the theme.. the sky looks amazing... The addition of your cousin really adds to the photo! The church really looks like it need some TLC!
I'd love to see a photo of the aliens message!


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  • kbeall Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 513 W: 108 N: 902] (3598)
  • [2008-02-29 17:47]

Hi Janice,
What a treasure you stumbled upon . . .lovely composition, and the sepia works perfectly here. I like the contrast of your cousin's lively curiosity with the old color treatment.
Looks like it was a great day!
All the best,

Beautiful Landscape. Nice sepia conversion.

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  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2008-03-01 1:06]

Maybe a bit too centered for me but this is a very beautiful piece of work, anyway.

ps.i'll be back with points

good angle, but what is making the photo great is the lady watching into the church

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2008-03-01 9:29]

Hi Janice,
Sorry to have missed this photo! There are many old buildings in our rural landscapes, too. Unfortunately, the snow and repetitive hard winters make strong ravages on them and they collapse after a few years of abandonment. Your climate gives you several advantages for their preservation.
Very good composition,here and very good sharpness and sepia conversion. Your cousin looking by window gives a nice wink at the curiosity which we have about these old buildings. Congratulations! Annie

Hi Janice,
My own interest in old buildings immediately drew my eye to this image - the sepia adds to the mood of viewing old architecture the inquisitive stance of the woman adds to the mood.
Best wishes,

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  • cinca Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 323 W: 2 N: 143] (4456)
  • [2008-03-02 13:54]

Hi janice, great sharpness and good choise of sepia tone.
the presence of woman adds a creative touch. Well done!
ciao, Cinzia

Stunning piece of work here.

Good and gentle tones.
nicely cropped.

Such a lovely photo and a very good idea to take it in sepia.

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  • iso Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 981 W: 61 N: 169] (29300)
  • [2008-03-11 7:52]

Excellent technic for me, sepia is a good choice here.


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  • djw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 55 W: 0 N: 63] (987)
  • [2008-03-13 16:58]

Hi Janice,
I really like this. I use sepia sparingly but there are some shots for which it is ideal, this is one of them. Great texture in the clouds, and crispness in the building. Thanks!

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  • Mitra Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1153 W: 70 N: 1116] (16)
  • [2008-04-12 14:16]

Great sepia composition and nice atmosphere.Very good perspective.Excellent done.

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