Saint James Episcopal Church in Sonora, Calfornia.
This is another shot of the interesting architecture you'll find in California' historic Gold Country. The Gold Country is found in the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Northern California. It's famed for the mineral deposits and gold mines which attracted waves of immigrants, known as the 49ers, during the 1849 California Gold Rush
Not surprisingly, this church is also referred to as the "Red Church" and it's the second oldest wood frame Episcopal Church in California. Construction began in 1859 and was completed in 1860. Reverend John Gassman, a native of Norway, served as both the architect and the first minister of St. James. The town of Sonora is also known as the "Queen of the Southern Mines".
Since the lower part of the church was in shade in the early morning, my motive here was to spotlight the saturated red steeple against the warm sky.
For post processing I reduced noise in the sky, cropped, and USM sharpened.
Hope you like.
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Emiel_Skyfreak (3002) 2006-10-28 23:12
Wonderful colourful images, great RGB tones, very strong. Saturated a lot or natural?
Good colours anyway!
Good result of the scan.
I think maybe the application of USM is a bit too heavy, but this can be personal taste.
Good composition with the church hidden partially behind the trees.
FORJP001 (3819) 2006-10-29 0:20
Very interesting architecture posted here. The bright red paint gives the wood a metallic shape. The white also look like a metallic white but the photographer's note says it is a wooden church.
Leventissa (127) 2006-10-29 1:40
Yes, I like -- for the red red red color.
It's a glorious rich red.
PLD_images (7149) 2006-10-29 7:29
A simple and effective composition. I like the saturation and the angle of this image.
lukas (2067) 2006-10-29 11:12
Beautiful composition with deep colours, good mixture with green.
pboehringer (770) 2006-10-30 19:48
Doug, it is really interesting to see the "Golden Country" through your lenses. Your last posts are of places that I know fairly well, but never did a shot in any of these towns.
The contrast of the red church against the red foliage and the deep blue sky is brilliant.
sebcz (2345) 2006-11-15 3:45
No wonder they painted the church in such a colour. It stands out from the sky beautifully. Adorable sight, compliments,
gunbud (34066) 2007-06-09 22:17
Striking contrast between the lovely red church and the vibrant blue sky. The details are stunning and the lighting superb with the wonderful shadows on the beautiful red church.
plimrn (21344) 2007-06-27 0:51
That is a quite a church, perhaps because it's all red?? In any case, your framing is superb. There's something about the repetition of patterns and light and shadow patterns of this building nestled in the trees that make this my favorite, so far, of your Gold Country photos. HLJ, Pat
- Copyright: Douglas Arrasin (darrasin) (2860)
- Genre: Lieux
- Medium: Couleur
- Date Taken: 2006-10-09
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon Elan 7 w/Min Dimage Scan, Canon 24-70 F2.8 L, Fuji Velvia 100
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Versions: version originale
- Date Submitted: 2006-10-28 21:08