GPS: Going Places (with The Compass) Staff

By Sam Lucero | The Compass | August 18, 2013

With the redesign of The Compass website, we are reintroducing our Compass staff blog, Compass GPS. It’s a clever title that will probably lose its novelty once the GPS (Global Positioning System) goes the way of the eight-track tape.

This blog is an opportunity for Compass editorial staff members to share behind-the-scenes details that take place while on assignment or elaborate on events that don’t fit into stories. It’s also a way for me to share photos from events that hold special meaning or that stand out in some way.

So here is my first photo. It was taken at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help on the feast of the Assumption. I spotted this beautiful woman on her knees, with hands clasped together in prayer following Communion. The black veil on her head and the lines on her face caught my attention. It seemed obvious that this woman has a strong devotion to Our Lady and being at the shrine to celebrate this important feast day was not optional.

Unfortunately, I did not have time to wait until she was finished praying to stop and ask for her name. I regret that decision. So, if anyone recognizes her, please let me know. I shot this photo with my Nikon D600 and a 70-200 f2.8 lens set at f4.5. It was exposed for her dark-complected skin, washing out the background. The first is the original image. The last two were edited using Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro 4 and Silver Efex Pro 2 to produce nostalgic and gritty moods.

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