Longinus the Centurion

Saint Longinus the Centurion. Photo taken in Saint Peter’s Basilica, Nov. 2014. If you look closely you can see bees sculpted into the pedestal. There are many of these Saint Peter’s…. a subject for an upcoming post.


A Papal Driveby and the Selfie Stick Menace

In November I had the chance to go to Rome, and was able to get tickets to a General Audience of Pope Francis. This is a wonderful thing to do, and there is more information about tickets, at the Pontifical North American College. The audience was on a drizzly Wednesday, but I was excited to see Pope Francis! I was about four people back from a barricade. Cheers broke out as the PopeMobile came near!

Pope Francis loves to greet people. He had a genuine smile as he reached out and said hello to as many people as he could.

He would soon drive in front of me, so I had my camera ready. I was standing on my plastic chair, and many others were standing on their chairs.

He came closer – they drive pretty fast, probably for security reasons. So, camera all set… judge the speed of the vehicle….

Closer… another few seconds… camera ready………

This will be┬áthe shot… get ready….




Pre-focus… hit the shutter!

AAaaaaah! That would have been the perfect shot, but for SOME DUDE with a SELFIE STICK who swung it around, very nearly clocking me on the head with it. I ducked quickly to avoid the SELFIE STICK, then stood up again quickly and tried to get another shot of the Pope….

That was the best one….


Goodbye, Pope Francis!

Annoyance at Selfie Stick Dude aside, there is a camera issue here, and will be covered in an upcoming camera mini-review.

Last Day of 2014… Where to Now?

Taken from inside Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Same windows as shown below, but exposure made so as to show the backs of some of the statues on the roof. In the center: Christ. To His left and hidden by part of the windowframe, Saint Andrew, and to his left, you can see Saint John the Apostle, who is holding his Gospel.

Where to this new year? I hope to be always found following Christ.

Lunar Eclipse, Fall 2014

As noted by the excellent Father Z, in the East Coast of the US we had a lunar eclipse that did turn the moon reddish. Here are two photos (from two different cameras). The larger image of the moon is cropped and had noise reduced, otherwise unedited. The one showing the landscape I brightened slightly with curves in Photoshop. In each case, the color is straight out of camera.

Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars! Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens! Let them praise the name of the Lord, for he commanded and they were created. (Ps. 148)