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Places of worship

Aushiker

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May 25, 2015
124
Fremantle, Western Australia
Church of Saint Jean - Le Monastier-sur-Gazeille, France - Chemin de Stevenson-2018-D2-02 by Andrew Priest, on Flickr

Whilst Robert Lois Stevenson "spent about a month of fine days" in Le Monastier before setting of on his travels we where not so excited by Le Monastier-sur-Gazeille. Partly I am sure because Anne was badly injured after the first day of walking and so we didn't have much enthusiasm for exploring the village. It was also not helped by arriving on a Sunday, which meant the village was pretty much closed.

All that said, the Church of Saint Jean pretty much marks the start of the official start of the Chemin de Stevenson (GR 70 Robert Louis Stevenson Trail) (Stevenson actually started from the Place de la Poste across the road) but allow me a little poetic licence here.

The church sits high above the valley and provides an imposing view down the valley, where we would be walking.

Day 2 of 12 - Le Monastier-sur-Gazeille to Le Bouchet-Saint-Nicolas: Walking the Chemin de Stevenson (GR 70 Robert Louis Stevenson Trail) in the south of France.
 

davect01

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Although I went to church a lot when I lived in Greenville, CA (see the previous photo I posted in this thread), that was more or less because it was expected of me as a child. When I came back from Vietnam, I settled in Quincy, CA - same county, but 22 miles apart - and didn't fancy going to church. But my girlfriend and I ran into a couple while shopping one day and we hit it off. It turned out he was the pastor of this Methodist Church. We spent time together as friends, but only rarely as members of the congregation.

Years later, I would begin to spend many Friday evenings in one of the rooms of the social hall behind this church, where I attended AA meetings. Several pastors have come and gone, as have girlfriends, but I keep coming back to this church. They serve the community in a variety of ways, so my trips there haven't always been through the front doors.

It was about 4 years ago that I stood down the street a few blocks and marveled at what the late Fall had brought to the church. I just happened to have my camera and tripod with me and captured this single shot before cars began to park in front for some service or event. In fact, a woman was walking in front, where my signature is now and there was a couple of construction cones in the shot. It's funny that I didn't even notice the power lines and cables - 5 or 6 of them - draped across the front of the building until I got home and looked at the photo on my computer. I also saw the building was in desperate need of paint and the steeple needed repairs from all the Woodpecker damage.

This was one of my first big challenges in Lightroom and Photoshop, well beyond just basic editing. I wanted to show my vision, which was quite different than reality, but I wanted it to look real too. So, I removed the lines and cables, the construction cones and even the woman walking into the frame. I "fixed" the woodpecker damage some and brightened up the paint a little. I spent hours on it and I have re-edited it several times since. It got a second place ribbon at the county fair and lots of likes on facebook. Then people contacted me about buying it. Most, of course, didn't want to pay what I asked (usually $100 for an 8x12 framed print). They didn't want it that bad. Then I let it be known I would sell it for just the cost of printing and framing, plus an amount of their own choosing to be donated to a local charity. I sold 2 that way, one for a 20.00 donation and another for a 100.00 donation. I was very happy about that, even if the money went to the local crisis center. Then a lady called and asked me to deliver a framed photo to her office, which was the pastor's office of that church. I explained the deal, gave her several charities to choose from and like the others, she wrote 2 checks, one for the cost of printing and the frame and one more to the local crisis center - for $1,000.00. Wow.

I don't think the photo is all that great. I see the flaws, but am so happy that others liked it so much. That's prob'ly more than you wanted to know about this photo, but I felt like writing about it.
Something charming about a small town Church like this
 

Aushiker

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May 25, 2015
124
Fremantle, Western Australia
The Bells of Ussel - Chemin de Stevenson - France -2018-D2-24 by Andrew Priest, on Flickr

We paused in Ussel, a hamlet of Haute-Loire , which administratively attached to the municipality of Brignon for a drink and rest on a hot day. That however was it and we soon moved on, eager to reach Le Bouchet-Saint-Nicolas which was still a fair bit away.

Day 2 of 12 - Le Monastier-sur-Gazeille to Le Bouchet-Saint-Nicolas: Walking the Chemin de Stevenson (GR 70 Robert Louis Stevenson Trail) in the south of France.
 

rayvonn

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Jan 19, 2015
124
It was 1.30pm and the train people wouldn't exchange my ticket at Manchester Victoria station from the 3.24pm train which I had originally booked back to Liverpool for an earlier one. So rather than pay the 20 pounds surcharge they wanted, this atheist decided to kill some time at Manchester Cathedral situated right next to the station. Taken with a mixture of Biogon 21mm + Sonnar 50mm Zeiss lenses.

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Aushiker

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May 25, 2015
124
Fremantle, Western Australia
Le Bouchet-Saint-Nicolas Church and War Memorial - Chemin de Stevenson-2018-D3-01 by Andrew Priest, on Flickr

Mademoiselle Anne was not great this morning due to her leg injuries so it was rather a brief good bye to Le Bouchet-Saint-Nicolas with a quick stop at the local church/war memorial and a statue in honour of Robert Lois Stevenson and Modestine.

Interestingly Robert Lois Stevenson never intended to visit Le Bouchet-Saint-Nicolas but he got lost looking for his intended commune for the night, the nearby Lac de Bouchet. He stayed in Le Bouchet-Saint-Nicolas on September 22, 1878, some 140 years before us :)

Day 3 of 12 - Le Bouchet-Saint-Nicolas to Langogne: Walking the Chemin de Stevenson (GR 70 Robert Louis Stevenson Trail) in the south of France.
 

bilzmale

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Jul 17, 2010
124
Perth, Western Australia
Some photos from 2011 of the redeveloped St Marys Cathedral in Perth. Taken with the Pany 7-14mm UWA lens and in the last case straightened using ShiftN which may be available free at ShiftN

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