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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Matsugamine Church


Matsugamine Catholic Church (松が峰教会) history goes back to 1888. The current Church, as shown in this photo, was designed by Max Hinder (Swiss) and founded in 1932. The Church complex comprises of three floors - on the ground floor there is a kindergarten and the second floor is for the Chapel (main worship hall).

This is the largest building made of Oya stone (大谷石) in the world. The stone is called that because it is quarried out at Oya town in Utsunomiya city. Since it's been over-mined, the quantity of the remaining stone is quite small...

As you can easily guess, this is photographed with my favorite lens, Sigma 15mm Diagonal Fisheye, attached to film camera, Nikon F801S.


This is a Sepia Scenes #119 and Alphabe-Thursday entry. Q is for quarry, quantity, and, quite.

             

27 comments:

  1. That fish-eye serves you well!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  2. What a handsome building. Even without the fisheye lens, one can see that it is a really good looking building.

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  3. magnifique! at first view I wondered if this was taken with a film camera - it just has that quality. the remaining Oya stone must be expensive but it's very lovely. another great capture Yoshi, I love your photos taken with your fisheye!

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  4. I like this view! The wide-angle look really shows off the impressive stone entrance. The building is quite imposing, the sepia tones down the cold stone and makes it feel a bit smaller and accessible. Nice!

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  5. Terrific capture and I love the the fish eye view! Superb composition as always, Yoshi! Hope your week is going well!

    Sylvia

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  6. Gorgeous building! Neat fisheye.

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  7. That fisheye effect almost makes it look like a giant UFO!

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  8. I like the fisheye effect. It makes things look entirely different.

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  9. I was wondering how you got that effect. I didn't know there was such a lens. Very interesting.

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  10. I love your photo. The effect is amazing.

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  11. Very cool, nice effect with the lens and sepia. I took a look at your light trail photo, great with the signs too, you're right they are fun to do.

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  12. Fantastic shot with a fisheye lens! The building is very nice.
    I never had a fisheye lens, but I like the photos taken with it.

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  13. This is gorgeous in sepia & I like the fisheye effect the lens has produced!

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  14. This is a very interesting shot!

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  15. Agreed with the above...that camera shot is absolutely amazing!

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  16. Simply beautiful fish eye shot..love the composition and the sepia..

    outstanding!

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  17. I have a fisheye too that I don't use much...seeing this shot got me interested...will try soon!

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  18. It's an interesting shot, for sure.

    Thanks.

    =)

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  19. Awesome photo!! Like the "fish-eye" effect and it's lovely in sepia!

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  20. Fish eye gives such a great perspecive!! All unnecessary things are removed and simpleness is more beautiful!!
    Thank you for your wonderful picture!

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  21. What a quite lovely stop on our little journey through Alphabe-Thursday this week.

    This building is charming.

    I have always loved those fish eye lenses!

    Thanks for linking.

    A+

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  22. The fisheye lens certainly provides an interest pop to you picture. Very nice.

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  23. Nice to be able to get up close to a building and photograph the whole thing. Nicely lit. Was it a long exposure?

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  24. fish eye was a good choice for this one, very cool! Like the monochrome too.

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