Very interesting. Yes, this shot was just screaming for you to get out of the car and engage.
But rest assured, I've been in this spot many times and it's never easy getting the courage to do something like that. For a drive-by, it's got some flavor. I love these sort of shots. Nice capture and toning.
Of course, what I'm going to say what constitute a redo; and that's not going to happen... But, if you'd taken the shot from just a bit to what is here camera-left then you could have captured the gentlemen by the door without the white grill-work crossing his face, and perhaps, a bit more readable version of the sign. Equally interesting, I think that the slope of the roof would then have more naturally flowed down to the sign and that darker part of the foliage behind the sign would, maybe, have provided another aspect of contrast to both the white church and the sign. I think your story is the pastor waiting for his flock to arrive, and if you could have got him and his name, together with the setting, you could have really teased out a fascinating story. My two cents...
Great shot. I lived in the Charleston area for a number of years when I was in the Navy. I'd love to go back for a visit. One can spend a whole day just walking around downtown and the Battery. If you ever have the chance to visit in the Spring, the flowers are unbelievable. Thanks for sharing and bringing back some memories.
We visited Charleston last year, I'm with you, I would retire there in a heart beat! The photo is nice, it reminds me of a simpler time. I do wish the gent was sitting in the chair next to him. I like that you included the sign, I think the image would have been lost without it.
I saw this when it was first posted and failed to comment. Having recently started working with different presets for monochrome effects, I circled back to some of the postings here and found your image aging. While the composition is excellent, I think the tonal choice is just right for this scene...very excellent choice.