Holy Batman! …the Warrrior Spirit

“We impose meaning on the chaos of our lives. We create form, morality,
order. It’s a choice we have to make every second of every minute of
every day.” …Batman

Though we may use a single set of characteristics to define ourselves, when we feel called to explore the way of the warrior, we may feel a strong sense of dismay because we have no wish to disavow ourselves of our softer side. Yet embracing the warrior spirit is not a matter of denying gentleness or compassion. We can exhibit strength without sacrificing tenderness precisely because both are elements of the self and both have a role to play in the complexity of existence.  The warrior spirit, when allowed free rein, is overpowering and all-consuming. If it is to be an affirmative force in our lives, it must be tempered with wisdom and moderation. Our inner warriors are ready to react instantly to conflict, chaos, and confusion, while nonetheless remaining committed to a path of goodwill and fairness. They lie at the root of our dedication to integrity but do not drive us to use our strength to coerce others into adopting our values.

Your inner warrior is one source of strength you can draw upon in times of great need. When you employ your warrior spirit thoughtfully, it manifests itself as clarity, focus, determination, courage, constancy, and an unflappable zest for life. The warrior views roadblocks as evolutionary opportunities and is not afraid to pursue a purpose to its climax. There is more than enough room in the existence of the warrior for softness and benevolence, and the warrior’s willingness to stand up for their beliefs can aid you greatly as you strive to incorporate these ideals into your existence.

This was shot inside Cathedral of Saint John, The Divine, in NYC, also nicknamed, “Saint John, The Unfinished”. NYC argues that this is the largest Cathedral and Anglican Church in the world and the fourth largest Christian Church. There also is some controversy surrounding the Church as it was designed and built by Freemasons (conspiracy theories surround everything). For example, on the western facade of the building, stonemasons have sculpted numerous scenes that seem oddly out-of-place for a Cathedral, the most striking one is the chilling depiction of the destruction of New York city and its landmarks. Hmmm…

This statue of the Archangel Michael in the Chapel of St. Boniface, taken from this angle has a bit of a Gothic feel to it, somewhat Batmanish arguably. Surprisingly, NYC churches have not issues with photographers carrying tripods, but after our encounters with the “No-Tripod_Police” in Italy, we only packed a small support made by Joby , called a Gorilla Pod. This three armed tripod is a flexible little contraption that allows you to secure your DSLR on top virtually anything – really handy for the travelling shooter. Shooting in RAW (or NEFF with Nikon) format, we were able to make some adjustments for the harsh lighting conditions and uneven White Balance inside this dark/bright alcove in post processing. Shooting RAW allows much greater flexibility compared to JPG, and though one may complain that the files are just too big, memory is cheap…going back and reshooting, not so cheap!

8 responses

  1. Love the low angle on this Erik and the contrast between the white of the walls against the statue. Neat job. Totally agree on the use of RAW too.

    June 14, 2012 at 8:45 am

    • Thanks Chris – I always shoot RAW, even during fast paced event coverage, then I used RAW+JPG

      June 14, 2012 at 11:04 am

      • RAW, It’s the only way to go

        June 14, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      • Yup, or as the dudes at Nikon call it, NEFF…I have been able to correct many subtle (and not so subtle) mistakes with RAW files that would have been impossible with JPG

        June 14, 2012 at 2:37 pm

  2. This is way cool. Wonderful light here.

    June 14, 2012 at 9:16 am

  3. Thank you, Erik! This is absolutely fascinating. I will put this on my list of places to visit when next in NYC. Completely agree with you on RAW issue. Also, I’m glad the Gorilla Pod worked well in this case. I was in Naples, Italy recently and placed the camera on the floor of a Cathedral to allow for a shake-free exposure of the altar. I’ve been meaning buy the GP for (embarrassingly) well over a year. I guess it’s time.

    June 14, 2012 at 11:24 am

    • The GP is OK, you might consider buying a ball head for it…a bit hard to level once you get those twisty legs all bent! Thanks for your kind comments and visit!

      June 14, 2012 at 11:35 am

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