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Effect of Time

Effect of Time
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Copyright: Chris Jules (chrisJ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-01
Categories: Nature
Camera: Pentax Me Super, Pentax 28mm f:2,8, Fuji 100, Polarizer ø28mm
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Friday theme 2010/01/22 "The Effects of Time" [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-22 6:25
Viewed: 2557
Points: 29
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This old Spanish Church on Camiguin Island, sure has seen better days. The town was destroyed in the 1871 earthquake & again affected in the 1948 & 1951 volcanic eruptions & further earthquakes. Today it lies abandoned, with the jungle slowing reclaiming the site, similar to Angkor Wat in Cambodia. There is still an active altar in the old chapel, just a few meters to the right of the framing tree. The name of the area is now 'Bon Bon', rather than Catarman:

"Old Spanish documents indicate that the renowned explorers, Ferdinand Magellan and Miguel López de Legazpi landed in Camiguin in 1521 and 1565, respectively. The first Spanish settlement in what was later to be known as Guinsiliban was established in 1598. Guinsiliban comes from the old Kinamiguin word “Ginsil-ipan” which means “to look out for pirates from a watchtower”. An old Spanish watchtower where the Camiguinon kept watch for Moro pirates still stands in Guinsiliban. The first major Spanish settlement established in 1679 was called Katagman or Katadman (known as Catarman). The settlement grew and prospered to what is now Barangay Bonbon. The church, convent & belfry, were built in 1697. It was formerly known as the Gui-Ob church.

On May 1, 1871, Mt. Vulcan Daan erupted and destroyed Catarman. A portion of the town sank beneath the sea. After the eruption, the settlement moved to where the town center is presently located. Today, all that remains of old Catarman, are the ruins of the ancient Spanish church, a convent and a bell tower."

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camiguin#Spanish_colonial_era

I may load the original color version later, if anyone asks:


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Ciao Chris, fascinating sepia composition with great tree and old ruines, splendid atmosphere, very well done, ciao Silvio

  • CMJC Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 154 W: 193 N: 124] (1191)
  • [2010-01-22 6:53]
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Hello Chris
no two view to understand the time passing by on the old churh; your choise to give us a sepia is the best to give an old time effect
nice to walk by this place I think
nice to meet your with our neighbourg views today!

Hello Chris,
Nice accompanimrnt old architectural details and nature. Sepia tones work well here
Selahattin E

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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2010-01-22 7:14]

Hi Chris,

Your sepia treatment ages this composition nicely. One can easily see that nature is slowly reclaiming the old church. Nice job framing the structure between the trees on either side.


Hi Chris - I like the sepia tone to this shot. It gives a venerable look to it. Great sharpness and POV.

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2010-01-22 7:41]

Hi Chris,
I like the effect you adapted to this beautiful capture of this ruins of the church, but frankly, I prefer the colored version!
You gave the proper impresion of a very old structure in sepia, but in color the subject outstands more clearly.
A very sharp presentation with perfect lighting.
Well done.

Francis xavier

Hi Chris,
What a superb historical place vith good POV and sepia tones.TFS.


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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 47 N: 1333] (7051)
  • [2010-01-22 8:50]

Hi Chris!
Beautiful capture and great atmosphere!
Excellent light with clairity.
Good idea the sepia version, but in the original version you can see better the subject....my opinion of course :-)
Have a nice week-end.
Ciao! Vanda

Hi Chris ,

Wonderful site with different tonal effect all over the frame,This old Spanish Church has gone through a great tragedies,the amazing merged of this Church with jungle looks very strange and you captured it very well preserving this condition making a good documentary making it a live at least in your frame,nice sharpness and good exposure,very well done my friend,a good history learning shot.

Best Regards,
Mushtaq Hussain

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 554 W: 86 N: 1227] (7698)
  • [2010-01-22 11:17]

What a interesting capture this ruins!
Great details and wonderful colors!

great details with good photo manipulation. you created a somewhat replica of an old picture. just like timeless. the warm colors portray the old style of photos that i used to see in my grandmother's photo album. good composition and POV. well done here sir! thanks for sharing


What a stunning place - wow. I love the fact that ruined villages like this can be left abandoned, in a country like New Zealand "health and safety requirements" would mean that the ruins would be cleared away and no remnant left. :(

I'm not sure that I like the sepia treatment of this one, in my honest opinion it doesn't add to the shot, but detracts, making it duller and visually more busy. The colour shot is far more powerful, giving separation of foliage and stone, and would be made even better by a gradient or post-work to subdue the sky a little.

I'm also not convinced by the POV. While I guess your intention was to add to the sense of entropy by including the overhanging branches, to me they conflict too much with the bell-tower, which, like some last desperate Finger of Defiance, should be allowed to project into the sky uncontested.

I envy the photo opportunity though - thank you for sharing this! I hope you're not too upset by my honesty. :)


Hello Chris,

What an amazing sight, and site!
I love to explore such antiquities and I'm sure you were pleased with this opportunity.
I'm sorry but I can't agree with your decision to present it in sepia. To me, the w/s looks wonderful, revealing the relationship between dereliction and thriving vegetation. I like the pov, using the trunk as a natural border, and an initial lead towards the ruin.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hello Chris! Good idea, very interesting topic, wonderful sepia. Excellent note. Sophisticated effect. Well done!

Hi Chris,
it's a wonderful shot and I love the creation of an old shot here. Very well done, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2010-01-23 6:17]


Merveilleuse image, quel ensemble, cette roche envahoie par la végétation et rendu entre le vert et la peirre, de toute beauté.

Bravo et amitié

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