Sunday, 21 October 2012
An amazing morning
It was a really happy moment, in what turned out to be a very good service. The sermon was a good one, the choir sang very well (particularly the anthem by John Ireland), and yours truly was, to say the least ecstatic.
When I got the superb finished work home I thought I'd photograph it and show it, in all its glory, on my blog.
I had reckoned without my total lack of skill as a photographer, my ham-fistedness in trying to set up a decent background and my still absolute inability to understand the mechanics of lighting.
The odd thing was that each time I tried to find a new background or the correct amount of daylight something totally different happened. The result was a really extraordinary collection of near-miss photos each one quite distinct from the last, none of them even beginning to do justice to the subject and one of them with all the appearance of a halo of light rather than gold.
Now I am not easily spooked, but, as each attempt became further and further from the original I got more and more nervous.
If you click on each of these you will see just how very different each one appears.
Needless to say the real thing is utterly beautiful, a joy to behold (I hardly dare say own) and more than meets my hopes and expectations.
My photographs forgive the expression, do so little justice to it that I hardly dared reproduce them here, but thought I needed to.
partly to try to show you what a wonderful version it is,but also to demonstrate that the camera can indeed prove to have a life of its own.
Since none of the photographs really show all the details I must tell you that one of the things I had specifically asked for was that there should be a cat peeping out from under the robe of the saint.
This as you may see was brilliantly accomplished.
The lovely Constantina added her own little touches of humour, a squirrel, a penguin and the most mischievous looking wolf ever seen.
It is altogether a thing of beauty and for me at least, will be a joy forever.
In the unlikely event that I ever become a competent photographer I will take a good picture and re-post it so everyone can enjoy my treasure.
Posted by Ray Barnes at 9:00:00 pm