Palmer Chapel, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina, USA
Palmer Chapel Methodist Church built in 1898 and named for Mary Anne Palmer who donated the land is located in Cataloochee Valley, Haywood County, North Carolina.
Knowing full well this church has been photographed millions of times before, I decided to take on the challenge of finding something different, something that fit my slightly askew vision of the world. I spent about an hour looking at the chapel, then walking around it. Changed lenses a few times from a 24mm to a 50mm. Finally, I saw what I wanted and planted my tripod. Nude, deciduous tree branches silhouetted against the bright sky striking the bell tower like black lightning from hell. The lens was not parallel to the ground so I knew the vertical lines of the church would converge making it look like the branches were about to rip the old chapel right off its foundation.
Nikon N6006 SLR, AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D, filter: Nikon A2 exposure: f/16, 1/8 sec., ISO 64, exposure index: – 1/3, Mup mode, film: Kodak Kodachrome 64 Professional color transparency film, Manfrotto 3221 with Manfrotto 3265 pistol grip ball head, Nikon MC-20 remote cable.