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Feast of St. Francis

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 4 October 2009 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

Today is the Feast Day of St. Francis one of the great saints of the Christian tradition. He gave up everything material to serve the poor. He is probably the most admired, but least emulated of all the saints.

NIKON D300 1/640 second F/6.3 ISO 200 157 mm (35mm equiv.)

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

Great portrait work on this and perfect in black and white! He must have been an amazing person - when did he live and where?

4 Oct 2009 5:27am

@Scott F. Schilling: He lived from 1181 - 1226, and was born in the Italian town of Assisi. He was born into a well-to-do family but gave it all up.

JamesC from portland, United States

many are blessed.

4 Oct 2009 5:32am

@JamesC: Absolutely.

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

Nice to have this fine reminder of St. Francis.

4 Oct 2009 6:10am

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Great tribute, Jack .
Processing is perfect !

4 Oct 2009 6:11am

@MARIANA: Thanks, Mariana.

PATRICK from miramas, France

just excellent b&w and good processing
5 stars

4 Oct 2009 6:39am

Mirko Herzner from Mühlheim am Main, Germany

Outstanding presentation. Perfect in b/w.

4 Oct 2009 9:44am

@Mirko Herzner: Thank you.

zOOm from Paris, France

One of my favorite saint. Of course. A lover of animals and nature. A perfect tribute Jack.

4 Oct 2009 10:29am

@zOOm: Merci.

Isabelle from Liège, Belgium

Nice photo, nice details and textures !

4 Oct 2009 11:55am

@Isabelle: Thank you.

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

A lovely B 'n W image a a much loved saint in the Catholic church.
Who could not love one who lived as he lived?

4 Oct 2009 12:18pm

@Judy: I like to think of Francis being a saint for everyone (there are Franciscan orders within the Episcopal Church). He truly transcends his religious roots.

MrsAmber from West Wickham, United Kingdom

Lovely calming photograph. Congrats on your success with Vista House is thoroughly deserved!

4 Oct 2009 12:33pm

@MrsAmber: Thanks, Kate. When I entered the "7th Annual Around Oregon" competition, I thought that it was for photography alone; only when I walked in did I realize that it was for all art media. The light for that Vista House shot was incredible.

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I like animals, so of course I like this shot. So right - most admired, but least emulated of all the saints.

4 Oct 2009 1:05pm

@B. Thomas: Francis, I think, would have been a "deep ecologist," seeing all of creation having an inherent sanctity. The animals and the birds, and everything else for that matter, does not exist simply for us humans. What we have the most difficulty with is his living in abject poverty in his attempt to identify with the poor. "As you did it unto one of the least of these, you did it unto me" his boss had said.

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Nice lighting.

4 Oct 2009 1:49pm

Barbara from Florida, United States

Excellent, I like how you processed it.
What is the word on your work with the 7th Annual Around Oregon? Your images were outstanding.

4 Oct 2009 2:09pm

@Barbara: 7th Annual - that's the one where the Vista House print was selected. It was a multimedia competition and will be up for the month.

alex centrella from California, United States

very dramatic capture !

4 Oct 2009 2:24pm

Barbara from Florida, United States

Congratulations, Jack! The accomplishment with your photography and the Vista house print is something to be recognized and proud of.

4 Oct 2009 2:29pm

@Barbara: Thanks, Barb.

k@ from Paris, France

You pour an ideal light over his shoulders that enhances the message instead of words and that's the kind of job I love with photo : it talks from itself. Love that Saint we miss a lot, these days... Have a nice Oregonesque sunday ~ 

4 Oct 2009 3:26pm

@k@: Merci. It's actually wet today, but the rest of the week should be nice. You have a wonderful Sunday.

Yvon from Orleans, France

great capture Jack

4 Oct 2009 3:46pm

@Yvon: Merci.

laur from Clermont-Ferrand, France

Beau Noir et blanc

4 Oct 2009 4:01pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Beautiful work! I think that every home/garden should have St. Francis watching over...

4 Oct 2009 4:08pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

wonderful light in this shot !,jack
friendships !

4 Oct 2009 4:22pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Exellent processing. He has something of a stern look on his face.

4 Oct 2009 5:10pm

@Michael Rawluk: He seems pensive and introspective to me.

Brett from McAllen, United States

Great shot! I really like this as a portrait shot. Very nice vignetting too.

4 Oct 2009 5:11pm

@Brett: Thank you.

Irene from L C, France

My favorite saint. Perfect picture!

4 Oct 2009 6:37pm

@Irene: Thanks, Irene. He touches me in so many ways and at so many levels. He especially helps me to get my priorities straight.

Anina from Auckland, New Zealand

BEAUTIFUL!!! I love the processing and lighting. Fantastic textures. Well done!

4 Oct 2009 6:56pm

@Anina: Thank you.

Betty from Phillipsburg, United States

One of my favorite saints! Fantastic portrait.

4 Oct 2009 8:47pm

@Betty: Thanks, Betty.

mmolinah from Girona, Spain

Incredibel detail of texture!!

4 Oct 2009 9:29pm

@mmolinah: Gracias.

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Nice contrast of light for this BW picture.

4 Oct 2009 11:52pm

@akarui: Thank you.

Krista from Guelph, Ontario, Canada

This is gorgeous! Wonderful tribute!

5 Oct 2009 12:03am

@Krista: Thank you.

Bill Laing from Corvallis, OR, United States

A poignant reminder that we all need to be caring souls.

5 Oct 2009 12:03am

Claudia from Illinois, United States

Perfect way to put it, Jack...most admired but least emulated. Wonderful shot of this statue. I love the vignetting!

5 Oct 2009 12:24am

@Claudia: Thank you. We also have wooden St. Francis at the entryway of our house.

Vachel from Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia


5 Oct 2009 1:16am

Ajay from Pune, India

I love this black and white processing.

5 Oct 2009 2:11am

@Ajay: Thanks, Ajay.

Lee from Fort Frances Ontario, Canada

A grand portrait shot of this statue. b&w seems to do it proud. Especially in light of who it is. Well done.

5 Oct 2009 2:43am

@Lee: Thanks, Lee.

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

Thanks for the information Jack!

5 Oct 2009 3:25am