The Cottonwood Lutheran church, between Havre, MT and the Canadian Line, is one of the more striking abandoned buildings in Montana. I had wanted to shoot it under the spring Milky Way for a couple of years, never having the combination of clear skies, moon phase, and energy to make the 700-mile round trip that was necessary.
Every year, more of these frontier-era buildings collapse or are repurposed for trendy, weathered lumber. They speak to me about our past here in Montana and, particularly when I photograph them at night, the scope of our universe. It's not hard for me to imagine a Sunday service letting out with a mix of horses and Model T Fords waiting exactly where I set my tripod.
This is a 2:1 panorama taken with Nikon's tack-sharp 70-200mm Nikkor. It incorporates more than 60 individual photographs with exposures ranging from 3 minutes to less than 40 seconds, and with nothing superimposed. It can, because of the resolution, be printed at virtually any size. I have chosen three popular sizes here, where it's offered on Pure Art Printer's aluminum (a dye sublimation process creates astounding color and contrast), and also on archival, metallic photo paper for a gorgeous, night-like sheen. Shipping is included with purchase prices, and if you desire a larger size, please contact me.