Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart by frankhymus

Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart

I was fortunate enough to be an unexpected participant in the First Communion of fifty young people. Many people were taking pictures and I was not out of place at all as I went about shooting. There were, I am sure, also many spectators and tourists as well as family there.

The ceremony was in Spanish. A Chinese couple, tourists, approached me and asked if I spoke English! They asked me to explain what was happening, which I was more than happy to do. Apparently they had approached others first but who could not, or would not, speak English. Interesting diversity we now have in the USA.

This perspective faces towards the high altar, looking northwards down the nave. It was shot hand held with my 10-20 zoom which is not Optically Stabilized, and so there is a trifle blur in some of the far detail with the sinficantly slow shutter even at ISO 1600 in the ambient light. While photography was certainly allowed, even flash which surprised me, only the official photographer merited a tripod.
Lovely!
April 28th, 2013  
This bailicaa if gorgeoius!! How did you happpened to be an "unexpected participant" at the First Communion?
April 28th, 2013  
@aglennc I was on my Saturday morning photo shoot, and decided to travel in to Newark to the Cathedral with all the proper lenses I was without the last time. Thanks for your interest.
@szyduck Steve, thanks for looking and your nice comment.
April 28th, 2013  
Nice composition, it has been many years since I was there, you have captured it nicely.
April 28th, 2013  
beautiful interior and capture!
April 28th, 2013  
Stunning capture in the subdued lighting. Great pov and an immensely beautiful capthedral.
April 28th, 2013  
That is such a beautiful interior
April 28th, 2013  
This is a stunning shot Frank - love the lighting and grandeur!
April 28th, 2013  
Bob
Very nice Frank. I'm glad you shared your story too.
April 28th, 2013  
Such a beautiful church.
April 28th, 2013  
Simply beautiful.
April 28th, 2013  
@hjbenson @jenrobcarr @sangwann @digitalrn @darrenboyj @bobhuegel @henrir @danitech Thank you everyone for looking and commenting so nicely. Always appreciated.
April 28th, 2013  
I thought I had written a comment in this shot, but I don't see it. This is a magnificent cathedral. Gorgeous capture.
April 29th, 2013  
So beautiful.
April 29th, 2013  
Beautiful interior. Great shot.
April 29th, 2013  
Another gorgeous capture. Very beautiful cathedral.
April 29th, 2013  
@anazad511 @nadaa @bardejov @jankoos Thank you all for your encouraging comments. Always enjoy reading them.
April 29th, 2013  
this is a beautiful building well captured Frank
May 2nd, 2013  
Beautiful shot Frank
May 6th, 2013  
@jayberg @michaelelliott Thank you both for looking and commenting. The image is a tad soft on the far edges, but quite effective I think.
May 6th, 2013  
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