Photography at the Polls

April 01, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

On March 20th, I walked over to the Faith United Methodist Church in Orland Park to vote. This church has been my polling place for many years.

This time, after I voted I peeked into the church for the very first time. I was surprised by the interior. Based upon the exterior of the building, I thought that the church would be quite small...and certainly not of this circular shape.

So, I asked if it would be OK for me to grab my camera and capture some photographs of the church. My request was granted...and I was able to get the church lit up for the photos.

At first, I attached my Nikon 14-24 lens and rotated the lens to its widest focal length--14mm. Here's that picture:

Faith United Methodist ChurchFaith United Methodist ChurchFaith United Methodist Church at 15101 S 80th Avenue in Orland Park, Illinois on March 20, 2018 Then, I attached my Sigma 15mm fisheye to the camera to go even wider:

Faith United Methodist ChurchFaith United Methodist ChurchFaith United Methodist Church at 15101 S 80th Avenue in Orland Park, Illinois on March 20, 2018 Of course it's personal preference, but I prefer the fisheye perspective. The frame extends to the edges of the pews rather than cutting them off and the fisheye emphasizes the roundness of the interior. I find that interiors such as this--with rounded edges--are ideal for the fisheye in that it minimizes the distortion that the fisheye introduces.

After a short while, I tried a different composition in the hope of introducing more depth into the frame. I left the fisheye lens on the camera:

Faith United Methodist ChurchFaith United Methodist ChurchFaith United Methodist Church at 15101 S 80th Avenue in Orland Park, Illinois on March 20, 2018 Again, it's all a matter of personal taste, but this last picture is my favorite of the three.

So, I went over to my customary polling place to vote in this year's primary election and walked away photographs of another church. This was the 204th place of worship that I've photographed. Click here to view a listing of the first 203 locations.


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