A Fine Series of (Analog) Portraits

Richmond Times-Dispatch photographer Dean Hoffmeyer has done a fine series of portraits of World War II veterans, and he has used WWII-era equipment:

All of these portraits were made on a 4×5 Speed Graphic film camera from the period, fronted with a 1943 Kodak lens designed for use in military aircraft. The camera is old and sturdy, like the men standing in front of it.

By all means go see the images and read the article that goes with it . (The details of the equipment are in a box on the left side of the article).  Fine faces, well-captured, and you can’t beat the gorgeous range of tones in that film and paper. Let us thank these men for serving.

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)

Red Mass with Archbishop Lori, Oct. 23, 2013 – UPDATED with homily

Baltimore Archbishop William Lori and Diocese of Richmond Bishop DiLorenzo came to Saint Benedict Parish for a Red Mass, I believe invited by the St. Thomas More Society in Richmond, on Oct. 23, 2012. Abp. Lori’s homily was excellent, touching on freedom and conscience, and striking a bit of a (Pope) Franciscan note in warning that we must see to it that we have the credibility to witness to the Gospel.

Update: @archbalt on Twitter kindly sent the link to Archbishop Lori’s homily, thank you!


Recessional. Most everybody singing, "Holy God, we praise Your Name."

Recessional. Most everybody singing, “Holy God, we praise Your Name.”


Archbishop Lori and Bishop DiLorenzo

Archbishop Lori and Bishop DiLorenzo


Archbishop Lori had an excellent homily on freedom. Will link to the text if it becomes available.

Archbishop Lori had an excellent homily on freedom, linked above.

Passing the peace.

Passing the peace.

Sacred Heart

Sacred Heart painting

This image is a detail of the mural in the apse of Saint Benedict Catholic Church, Richmond, Virginia. I love how the painter has tried to represent a sort of full-body Glory radiating from Christ. I also love how Jesus is showing His nail-scarred hands.

The Raccolta has so many beautiful prayers, long and short. Here’s a short but beautiful prayer for the Sacred Heart: “May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be loved in every place.” And another, most appropriate for this weekend, when Pope Francis has asked us all to pray for peace, “Most sweet Heart of Jesus, grant that peace, the fruit of justice and charity, may reign throughout the world.”

For more posts about the Sacred Heart, try this Friday link-up at omostsacredheart.com .