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Altar of St. Ita's Church, Chicago – Medieval Version (2017-04-19 16-25-28_01)

19 Apr 2017

Chicago, Illinois (Edgewater neighborhood)

Nikon Coolpix P7700

St. Ita’s Church is located at 5500 North Broadway Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. The church was built between 1920 and 1927.

Editing was done with Liminar Flex 1.1. Since the church was built in the Gothic style, I wanted to give it a more Medieval look.

I used the RAW Develop filter to correct the perspective which was off slightly. I also increased the contrast and clarity, opened up the shadows and reduced the highlights. Next I applied the Accent AI filter and used the Tone filter to reduce the SmartTone. I used the Structure filter to sharpen it a bit and added a vignette. Then I reduced the noise slightly. Next I applied the Dramatic filter and used the Polarizing filter to darken the stained glass a bit. I used the Erase tool to get rid of some lights and the microphone (not very Medieval) and used the Dodge & Burn tool to darken the statue on the right edge and the area around the crucifix over the tabernacle.

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  1. I much prefer genuine Gothic to neo! I am assuming that this is a Catholic church – which is interesting in itself because the custom in the UK in the 20th century was for Catholic churches to be ultra-modern and not copies of medieval cathedrals.

    • I would also have preferred genuine but there’s just not a lot of that in a city that pretty much burned to the ground in 1871. 🙂

      It is a Catholic church and they don’t build them like that here any more either. The more recent churches have been modern. This one was built before that trend, however, and it was built for Irish immigrants.

        • Yeah. Prior to the Europeans coming over, the indigenous people tended to be nomadic so they didn’t leave much that was permanent. The only one that pops into my head are the cliff dwellings in northern Arizona. Those date back to the 12th century and weren’t used for very long. It seems that they were wiped out by another tribe.

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