For the past few years, I have been honored to be chosen as the official photographer for the priesthood ordination Mass in the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.
The Cathedral offers a very challenging environment for photography; there is no flash allowed inside the building—even if there were, there's nothing off which a flash could be bounced, and any remote location a flash could be mounted is far enough away that it wouldn't help the lighting much.
Because of this, only professional photography equipment and a steady hand are able to capture the many important parts of the Mass in which men become ordained priests. For this year's ordination, I used a Nikon D3 along with a 50mm f/1.4 lens and a 70-200mm f/2.8 VR lens, alongside a Canon EOS 5D mark II with a 24-105mm f/4 lens. I post-processed the photos in Aperture 3.
- Photos taken with Nikon D3 and Canon 5D mark II.
- Photos taken in Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.
- Extremely low-light environment requires a steady hand and experienced photographer.