Mr Fix-It : The Vatican Specialists

In the great symphony of life, we all have important parts to play, just like these repair workers inside The Vatican. When we do our tasks well, we infuse them with our unique energy, making each act a gift. Each of our personalities and talents are suited to different roles of support. Even leaders and star performers support others in their own way. We can look around us at any moment to see that while we nurture some people with our work, others are supporting us with their gifts. Doing any job from this place within us allows us to do our part with humility and gratitude, while also learning lessons that move us steadily toward our goals.

We happened across this rather unusual scene during a visit to the Vatican in Rome. We were surprised to see this heavy machinery setup with the swing stage suspending a worker who was diligently making repairs to this beautiful edifice. Guess even “The Big Guy” needs a hand sometimes! Quietly sneaking up on the scene, we surprised the gentleman on the right (we assume he was the Boss due to his supervisory posture) and quickly composed and executed the shot. The motion blur was deliberate and lends a sense of life and action to the scene. The image was processed in Nikon Capture NX2 for White Balance correction, exported to Photomatix Pro as a NEFF, then final touch up in NX2. Shooting inside churches (or The Vatican for that matter) is tricky. If one is allowed to use a Tripod, then by all means, do so….these places are dark and slow shutter speeds with small apertures are inevitable unless one begins to push the ISO (or as we used to call it, Film Speed) to higher values (more and more grain). White Balance can also be set to Auto and then later corrected provided your shoot in RAW (NEFF for Nikon) and have the tools to correct in post processing.


5 responses

  1. Just returned from Rome and visited St. Peter’s on our last day in the city. Got a kick out of the Zamboni machine cleaning the floor. He even chased nuns out of the way. It’s understandable given the huge crowds that converge on this space…if you have to get the floors clean, you have to be persistent. But what a space!

    June 15, 2012 at 8:38 am

    • Hope your trip was spendid! I totally agree, it is like cleaning Yankie Stadium after a baseball game! Thanks for the visit to our Photoblog!

      June 15, 2012 at 12:07 pm

  2. We had a great trip; I’m working on posting some sets of photos, starting with some images along the Tiber and Ponte Sant’Angelo.

    June 18, 2012 at 8:33 am

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