It is not unusual to hear the word "Photoshopped" said with a sneer. However, processing software allows for the transformation of a photograph. This IHS is at the top of the archway leading to the cemetery in Sevenhill. In the original it was supported by two thick equally weathered beams that obscured the side and bottom detail. After about an hour of careful work they are gone and now it appears to be floating.
The church is St. Mary Star of the Sea in Melbourne. It isn't too far from the Victoria Market. I simply wandered in there one day twenty minutes before Mass and stayed. The walls really are a salmon pink. No photoshop here.
This next is a shot through the window of the Anglican chapel at the University of Melbourne. Abstract color. Love it.
This next is a self-portrait from Taiwan in January. There was a huge wreathe made of gold ornaments. I cropped out the distracting elements and focused only on the ornaments.
I thought I'd lost this file until yesterday when somehow it magically appeared. I did lose some photos yesterday but that is another story. These were both taken on the same Saturday on the beach in Warrnambool, one of the few days that I was off and it wasn't raining. There were many of these shells on the beach. The sunglasses simply caught my eye. Wonder who lost them? Have they been replaced?
The last two are from the retreat at Sevenhill. One is a detail in the stained glass door that led out to the veranda. A tree trunk is visible in the middle of the flower. The other is one of over a hundred I took of roses during the five days of rain. The shots were at night with a flash giving the diamond effect.
Tuesday is the memorial of the Carmelite nun St. Edith Stein (Teresa Benedicta a Cruce). It would be difficult to articulate the importance of her life for my vocation. On Tuesday and Thursday the tertians have Mass among themselves. I signed up three weeks ago. Homily will appear.
+Fr. Jack, S.J.