Black (& White) Friday: The Other Side

What is it about old church doors that make you stop with wonder? These are the door handles of Metropolitan Methodist (United) Church on Queen St. E. in Toronto. I plan to shot some more if this fascinating 1872 structure in a future post, but for today I’ll give you a sneak peak at some of it’s detail.

P.S. Happy 4th of July to all of the American bloggers out there!

black and white monochrome



    1. Brilliant Mary, where did you come up with that Tumblr page? I think I signed up for Tumblr a long, long time ago but I’ve never used it once.

      I agree with your comments about doors too. I like really old doors, or doors with a lot of character. I absolutely loved the windows and doors while travelling through Italy a few years ago. Europeans just know how to dress up small spaces.

      Hope you guys are having a great long weekend.

  1. Not to bash on your other photos but I have to rank this one highest of the photos I’ve viewed of yours. Why? Because I’m not that big into street photography but I do love architectural photography. Especially of older things. I really enjoy the fact that you did this in B&W as it helps bring out the details. The light and shadows work really well in this photo. I love the use of DOF in here as it leaves focus on the handles and fades out as you go back. Although a touch more shallow DOF may help a bit as My eye keeps wanting those corners of the wall to the right of the frame to be a bit softer and out of focus yet. Now that I think about it a little more I think the white altogether is a bit distracting and I think may benefit more to crop that part out. The reason for this? Naturally, our eyes are drawn to the brightest parts of a photo. The main focus on this photo is the handles and the white wall is actually the brightest. When looking at the handles I am fascinated but always want to take a glimpse at the white wall taking my attention away from what I really want to look at. Great shot!

    BTW, FWIW, I do tend to be drawn into your street photography and it has allowed me to look at different aspects of photography I normally wouldn’t have bothered with. Thanks!

    1. Hey Justin,

      I always love getting your thoughts… thanks so much!

      I agree with everything you’ve said here, and I wish I could have made this photo with a shallower depth of field, but unfortunately I’m limited to the kit Nikon lens at the moment.I also agree that the white on the right-hand side is a bit distracting… too bad I didn’t frame it better at the time I took the shot. I tried to see what it looked like as a crop, but the composition was thrown way off.

      All good points to file for the next time out though 🙂

  2. Hi, Shane! Finally getting a chance while traveling to look at my reader and know I have a lot of catching up to do. Loved seeing this post as I’m a sucker for architectural detail! It was interesting to read Justin’s comments, and I’m wondering if there might be a post-processing choice that could have darkened that area on the right (without looking funky). In Lightroom terms, using an adjustment brush to decrease highlights or exposure? Loved that you chose to process the photo in black and white — adds to the character of these well-worn, lovely handles!

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