Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Day 37, Holiness and an Angel, Newport Beach California Temple

All LDS Temples have a bit of writing on the outside, Holiness To The Lord. They mostly all also have an Angel Moroni statue on the highest spire with a trumpet. For the LDS, he is a herald to the world of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The idea is from a passage in Revelations about an angel who would preach the gospel to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people. Given the sacred nature that the LDS accord to their temples, the symbolism is becoming iconic to the LDS faith.

How do you bring down an icon and photograph it with respect and honor? For photographers, there are not many opportunities from the ground level to frame the angel and the temple in a way that is different or interesting. Most pictures of the temples end up showing the building from a distance. And they do lend themselves to grand big shots. But that is about all that I see in pictures of the temples. Since they are relatively newer then the great cathedrals, and the interiors are not accessible to the general public, they do not get the attention that they are due.

The out takes have some shots that show the statue and spire in more tradition ways, I have posted already other shots that I have taken of the temples in thier whole, but I have been trying to find the shots that are different and lend a new perspective to these highly significant places to the LDS faith.

There are some other folks out there shooting the temples and other themes that come up are the Temple Doors, the Lighting (they are always well lit at night) and the spires. Next time you are near one, see what you can find that might lend a new veiw to a subject that is not as well studied as so many others out there.

For improvements, I think that the light material coupled with the sky make this a though shot. I shot these planning to convert to Black and White and then force the simplicity of the shots to be the focus. I even shot a higher ISO to get a little grain. Black and White is tough when there is too much grey, and that was what happened. This shot is different in perspective, but might have shot better at night or early morning when the rising sun would be on the temple wall . This was an afternoon shot, I would have rather returned and shot later, but I couldn't get back. For next time I will try that. In the out takes, the one with the spire front lit seems to have the best exposure, but my favorite is this one. and the one from a few days ago with the fountain and the spire.

Thanks for looking.

Angel Moroni, Newport Beach Temple

Angel Moroni, Newport Beach Temple

Angel Moroni, Newport Beach Temple


Camera:Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi
Exposure:0.033 sec (1/30)
Focal Length:55 mm
ISO Speed:800
Exposure Bias:0/3 EV

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