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Church provides shelter in a time of storm | by jbillings06
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Church provides shelter in a time of storm

Thanks goes to my mom for suggesting I enter a shot of this church in the Ohio Foothills group's January challenge - "Black and White". I had been indecisive as usual, and I was showing her several different pictures. Once we looked at this one, I knew it had potential.


I did an infrared black and white conversion because it really seemed to make the lilies and grasses stand out in the foreground, while giving the photo a dramatic look.


This church has been empty for a number of years, having consolidated with another church in the area. It has an interesting history, including being a shelter for people during the 1913 flood. It is also the grave site for Joseph McDougal, who was killed by Morgan's Raiders in July of 1863. (you can read about Morgan's Raid here if you want ...


There is something about it that just asks to be photographed. I enjoy seeing the old building up on a hill overlooking a small valley. The scene is perfect for an old country church. It is one that I return to photograph time after time.

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Taken on December 7, 2011