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Monday, April 12, 2010

Weekly Black & White Square Photo

Emmanuel Parish


Originally named Emmanuel Parish, Emmanuel Episcopal Church stands on the land once occupied by Fort Cumberland. The Parish dates from 1803 and the cornerstone of the present building was laid in 1849. The church is one of Maryland's finest examples of early Gothic Revival architecture.

I have been in the tunnels under the church before renovations and before they were closed up. One of the tunnels went down quite a ways and was blocked off because of the flood control project. These tunnels were used basically for getting down to Wills Creek to get water when going outside the walls of Fort Cumberland was not feasible because of Indians, when the Fort served as an outpost during the French and Indian War. And, yeah, George Washington actually stayed here.

This photo was taken with a DSLR and an 18 - 70mm lens from the parking lot of the Western Maryland Station. ISO was 200 and exposed at 1/640 sec @ f/6.3. The camera had been set at P (programmed automatic). In Photoshop Elements I cropped for the square look and converted the photo to a B&W image. I then added a touch of vignetting, some contrast and after re-sizing for web viewing I then gave it a touch of Sharpening.

Emmanuel Parish is a church that, if you've never been there, you should at least attend one service. If not, just go for a visit when the grounds are open to the public for viewing. It is well worth the visit on a historical and a Christian nature. You won't regret it.

Yeah, this is another historical aspect of my world and you are welcome to it