Like a Prayer

This one is for @copperheadglass with the song titles challenge. I have a deep respect for religious symbolism, regardless of the religion. I played around with lighting on this one... there's a metal shelf that I have candles burning behind that are casting the shadows (was going for a confessional look) and illuminated the cross by holding a lighter above it when I snapped the pic. The processing was done in PSE using 3 layers after aging the photo in Lightroom. I personally love the result and this is also one of my personal faves of my own work.
Awesome! Couldn't be any better! Your processing is so amazing. Really nice rosary too. Hope it is used often as well as the confessional.
posted March 5th, 2012  
@copperheadglass thank you!! I am sooo glad you like it!
posted March 5th, 2012  
beautiful shot Jeff, I love the tones in it.
I hope you feel better tomorrow!
posted March 5th, 2012  
@paulaag thanks Paula! I'm going to work even if I don't. But it is highly unlikely that I'll be able to do phone interviews... no one will be able to understand/hear me
posted March 5th, 2012  
@jsw0109 , i talked to Ann. she was 2.7.
posted March 5th, 2012  
@paulaag oh my goodness! They better do something sooner than later!
posted March 5th, 2012  
Great shot Jeff you did an outstanding job on your processing.
posted March 5th, 2012  
@hollandcrew thank you Al!
posted March 5th, 2012  
Beautiful light and processing.
posted March 5th, 2012  
Great lighting and depth!
posted March 5th, 2012  
I love this...I love how the metal shelf casts the shadow..gives it an old cathedral feel.
posted March 5th, 2012  
Beautiful Rosary BTW
posted March 5th, 2012  
I love it, too. FAV. I like hearing what you did to acheive the look. Oh, and the shadows....fab.
posted March 5th, 2012  
This is a fantastic photo, I love it and the shadow was ideal and the way I "see" confessionals. Did you see my Ash Wednesday selfie? similar reasoning.
posted March 5th, 2012  
Great shot love the rosary and the effects.
posted March 5th, 2012  
@beckys @calm thanks!
posted March 5th, 2012  
@nlaurie thanks... it was a Christmas gift several years ago
posted March 5th, 2012  
@debsphotos thank you Debbie!

@mainebrighteyes thanks... I must have missed your selfie... will go back and look......

@mafiatom wow, thank you for that high praise Tom!

@sheg thank you Sheila!

@photopet thanks :)
posted March 5th, 2012  
Beautiful! Love the shadows
posted March 5th, 2012  
@kerristephens thank you Kerri!
posted March 5th, 2012  
amaaaazing lighting. love the shadow in the back!! it's very glorious so very well done!
posted March 5th, 2012  
Beautiful shot!
posted March 5th, 2012  
@bubbaloooo thank you Matthew!!
posted March 5th, 2012  
@scooter thanks Scooter :)
posted March 5th, 2012  
This is pretty awesome, Jeff. Great set up and processing. Nice!
posted March 5th, 2012  
Great , a lot of work in the setup=.fantastic!
posted March 5th, 2012  
Great processing Jeff. Wonderful shot.
posted March 5th, 2012  
Great focus and processing Jeff!
posted March 5th, 2012  
Really beautiful photo Jeff. I love the DOF and editing.
posted March 5th, 2012  
Great effects
posted March 5th, 2012  
Great tones and DOF. The shadows give great effect to the beautiful rosary beads. Beautiful!
posted March 5th, 2012  
The play of light and shadow is just great here!
posted March 5th, 2012  
It's come out really well Jeff - I particularly like the shadows of your 'confessional grille'!
posted March 5th, 2012  
@amandalomonaco @joeboxster @bdb3471 @bdb3471 @sabrinaromahn @kirstyalexandra @peterdegraaff @rah2012 @pwallis @judithg

I'd love to thank you all individually, but due to illness, I'm going to have to do the group thing. Anytime you take on a subject with a religious nature, you have to either go safe, which is boring, or you have to take a risk, because there is a fine line between art and blasphemy for many people. So my goal with this setup was to not only get a capture that was art-worthy, but also something that just screamed respect for the subject. The comments you've all been leaving are telling me the mission was accomplished.
posted March 5th, 2012  
really nicely done - I'm not particularly religion but appreciate the imagary here. Love the shadow being cast - it makes the shot - really cool shot
posted March 5th, 2012  
Look at Jeff he is on the POPULAR page!
posted March 6th, 2012  
This is beautiful and thank you so much for detailing what you did to achieve the look. fav.
posted March 6th, 2012  
Your mission was accomplished with this photo. Thanks for telling us how you set it up, which was quite interesting. A fav for me and quite impressive.
posted March 6th, 2012  
@sparkle @nlaurie @elizabeth264 @sandier thank you all for the views, comments and FAVs!!!
posted March 6th, 2012  
This is beautiful!!!
posted March 7th, 2012  
@tanja_1211 thank you!!
posted March 7th, 2012  
Lovely shot. Congrats on PP
posted March 7th, 2012  
This shot's appearance on the PP confirms what I already knew!
posted March 7th, 2012  
@jobo @debsphotos thank you... I didn't realize a photo could appear on the PP, go away for a couple days, and then return... does that make this a comeback?
posted March 7th, 2012  
Really incredibly great, Jeff! Well earned PP!!!!!
posted March 7th, 2012  
@gark thank you Gark!
posted March 7th, 2012  
Great shot - love the composition :)
posted March 7th, 2012  
@juanita thank you Juanita!
posted March 8th, 2012  
Beautifully done!! I too am fascinated by religious iconography, music, architecture, though not religious myself..
posted March 13th, 2012  
@tabbycat thank you! I consider myself spiritual, but not religious. I didn't want to go into detail of what I believe because I didn't want to have my beliefs influence what a person took away from this photo
posted March 13th, 2012  
Nice shot!!!!
posted April 6th, 2012  
@irabat thank you!
posted April 6th, 2012  
This is really beautiful. Love the POV and processing! :) (I don't think it is the same rosary..mine was the cheapest in the store and I think it is darker.)
posted April 27th, 2013  
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