MY FIRST POST! I recently had the honor of photographing the interior of Covenant Presbyterian Church at 471 Parkway Avenue in Trenton, NJ for documentary purposes.
Initially it looked like a rather daunting task due to either very low light (as in darkness) or brilliant sunlight, but in no time I was having a blast! There are over 50 rooms in this church, not counting the many stairwells, halls, lobbies, closets, bathrooms, alcoves and nooks, and I probably missed a couple of crannies. I could not have done this assignment without a very helpful guide with his big bunch of keys, flashlight and a good map, or without the church secretary orchestrating the project!
Here are just a few of my favorite images where I thought the lighting was rather interesting. All images were taken with a Canon 7D, Tripod, Lens: 10-22 and 24-70. Bracketing was necessary in almost all cases.
The Sanctuary from the balcony.
Left view of Sanctuary from the balcony.
1st floor rear entrance and administration office, otherwise known as “The Hub”. Stairs lead to the 2nd floor offices and classrooms.
The Lounge, otherwise known as the “Decision Making Room.”
Stairs from the basement to the 1st floor classrooms. I managed to grab this shot before an excited group of children blew past.
This was a rather curious site but I learned that a pan of water was carried up the ladder approximately every month to keep the organ pipes “gaskets” from drying out. If this happened, the organ would not play properly and could be permanently damaged.
Front room for casual conversations, small meetings, waiting area.
An adjacent lounge for more serious business.
This is a very busy kitchen that feeds the congregation after every Sunday service and many, many people from various groups as well as events involving the neighborhood. Presbyterians love to eat!
I know my assignment was to “record the number of rooms,” but I just couldn’t restrain myself from grabbing a more creative shot of the sunlight hitting the pews. Nobody was upset!
OK, I will refrain from showing you the remaining 39 images!!
Well . . . just one more.
Stairs to 3rd floor apartment which sometimes houses a co-pastor or other staff member.
What I Learned From This Shoot.
> Check photo equipment and don’t forget flashlight and spare batteries.
> Make sure no children or adults are accidentally photographed coming and going.
> Be prepared to wait for some rooms to be vacated
> Bring notebook and pencil to record names of rooms and their functions and what floor they are on
> Bring a facecloth to wipe sweating brow in tight, hot places
> Don’t audibly gasp at some of the stuff stored in some of the rooms and when there’s no room for you OR your camera
> Be prepared to come back another day if someone can’t find a key to a room
> Keep your cell phone on in case you can’t find your way back from the basement laundry room