St. Joseph’s Church, in downtown Rochester, was completed in 1846 but was destroyed by fire in 1974. It’s been designated a City Landmark and the stone shell has been a park since 1980. It’s still a wonderful piece of architecture and the shell appears to be in relatively good shape. Prior to the fire, the Church had a 4 AM service for the numerous bakers in Rochester because they had to start work very early. I don’t know from experience, but they say it was well attended.
I “can’t keep out” my eyes from this Church and I hope it will be restored one day.
nice day Ken
I’m sure the Church will never restore it but it is a beautiful park now. Any you don’t have to be Catholic to visit it.
Beautiful church, and beautiful captured.
That is a beautiful church. In thinking about that 4 AM service, I hope that they weren’t ringing those bells at that time. Though, now that I think of it, when I was in Mexico, they rang those bells pretty doggone early, most days before sunrise!
Thanks, Paul. I’m not sure if they rand the bells for the early service. If I find an old baker, I’ll ask him.
These are some wonderful photos of an important landmark. I see it as a possible long-term project. There was a similar structure here in Charlotte that has been renovated into artist’s studios. A better use of bank money than many we’ve seen lately. Keep these going.
Apparently, the roof was wood framed and collapsed in the fire. The square footage is not that great on this Church, either, so it probably wasn’t suitable for renovation. But they don’t build them like this any more.
These are lovely images, Ken – now I need to take a walk over there to see it in person!
Thanks, Sarah. It’s a little over a mile from work but there is on-street parking next to it.
Nice . . . I think all churches should sport the same sign, but that’s something for another time.
…and don’t forget the bars on the windows!
That part I don’t get . . . they use mind control to keep them in there, and people outside aren’t generally anxious to get in there.
. . . must be decorative . . .
Very nice job photographing this place Ken! I really like the warm tone lead image.
Thanks, Mark. it’s been over a year since I shot these but I had problems recovering the shadows and highlights. The new controls in LR5 did a terrific job with these, though.
I am getting a deja vu feeling all over again with these shots. Did you post them in your old blog, before you worked them up some more, or was that an earlier visit?
I am staying away from LR5, it does not work with my plug in for timelapse, at least not the last time I checked.
Yes, some of these are the same shots posted in the old blog, but re-processed in LR5. Originally, they were processed in LR3 but that version lacked the ability to bring out shadow and highlight detail like LR5 does. It bothered me that I did not have the foresight to bracket the exposures for this series, and I never found the time to go back and re-shoot. Though there is not a significant difference (at least for me) from LR4 and LR5, I decided to continue to be current because it performs 95% of all the editing I do now and there are a few new features that I wanted.
They are good shots, worthy of improvement when you can. I find that there is so much information in the RAW files, that I am less often shooting brackets and more often pulling it out with LR.
I love the tones in these images, Ken. You did a great job on the stones especially.
Thanks, Chris. These were shot with the old D80. It’s still a heck of a camera.