Lucernarium Easter Vigil St. Patrick

Columbus, Ohio.  Holiday weekend with the family.  St Patrick Church.

Easter Vigil  Saturday evening.   The first portion- the Lucernarium.

To photograph a religious ceremony or not.  That was the question.  Someone was firing off electronic flash.Ugh.

I was trying for minimal camera shake. Being unobtrusive. Limit myself to a few shots.

It was really dark.  Just candlelight.  And the light of the bonfire from which they lit the Paschal Candle.

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After everyone processed into the church, I stayed back and photographed the lilies on the table with the bonfire in the background.

Dominican Friars in Procession

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And Donald and Marlene, Erika’s parents were inside the church a bit of a blur.

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A woman in front was a blur, too.

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Granddaughter Anna coming into the pew. Then I put the camera away in my bag and zipped it so I wouldn’t try to capture the ephemeral smoke from the incense.

Seven readings and psalms and intermittent prayers after each reading, all the altar candles are lit, the lights come on and as the Gloria is sung, the church bells peal and the sanctus bells ring and ring and ring.

And that is just the beginning…..

Happy Easter.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus

Demonstrate the concept of FOCUS in a new post.  Focus. Out of focus. Chain link fence should be this week’s challenge for me.

Focus is an ongoing challenge not limited to this week.

I often shoot through a chain link fence.

Living in the city there’ a lot of it.

Sometimes the fence is in focus and sometimes it’s the  blurred fence and the focus on what I see behind the fence.  What I was going for in the first place.

A continuous study of depth of field.   I am constantly telling my students to develop a photographic practice so one can improve.

Chain Link Focus

 

 

 

Chain Link Focus (1)

 

 

 

 

 

Chain Link Focus (2)

 

 

 

 

Coney Island Focus (1)

 

Just look at the sharp focus on the garbage, the fence is almost invisible.  Why do I always try to shoot something with a barrier between?  And why am I attracted to trash?  Mmmmm.

 

 

Coney Island Focus

 

Closer object/ street light is in sharp focus……….ooops, no chain link fence in this one.

 

 

 

Coney Island Focus (2)

 

Through iron bars, does nicely, too.

 

NYC Focus (9)

 

From the school parking lot- through a chain link fenceNYC Focus (6)

Focused fence, out of focus houses. Bloomfield

 

 

NYC Focus (1)

Can’t see those cookbooks in the display for the window frame either.

 

NYC Focus (3)

Shadyside, after weekend.  Howe Street.

 

NYC Focus

Thought this one went nicely with the series even though it would have been impossible to get a sharp focus of the reflection of the building.