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Gate of Dawn, Madonna of Mercy

Gate of Dawn, 'Madonna of Mercy'

We went into this small chapel in the Gate of Dawn but there was a Mass being said so we left. When it was clear it was over, we went back in (it's a really tiny chapel in the gate) to take pictures when suddenly five priests came in and started to say another Mass. We happened to be in the corner and couldn't get out gracefully, so we stayed and listened to the Mass in Lithuanian. In the middle of the Mass, the head priest handed his cell phone to an assisting priest and told him to take pictures of him during the service. It was quite an amusing sight and would have made a great capture, but I couldn't use my Nikon (it was against the rules and would have been pretty obvious and loud), and my cell phone was out of reach. Finally, after everything was over, I got my picture of this lovely icon, but not the picture-taking priest.

Nikon D700 ,Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
1/250s f/5.6 at 24.0mm iso640 full exif

other sizes: small medium original
Lennart Waara13-Aug-2012 15:19
helen, this is a great story and really a beautiful photo!
bill friedlander24-Jun-2012 17:17
Stunning capture of this exquisitely decorated chapel! Professional quality photography. V
janescottcumming24-Jun-2012 14:30
This shot was definitely worth waiting for! Great story to go with the image. V
marko gregoric24-Jun-2012 10:23
Great shot. V
John Reynolds24-Jun-2012 06:12
Excellent detailed image. You happened upon an amazing scene by the sound of it. The beauty of travel - things just happen!
Lennart Waara23-Jun-2012 10:04
Another skilled interior study! Great work as always!
Jeff Real22-Jun-2012 23:40
Awesome work, Helen. ~V~
Carl H. Johnson22-Jun-2012 21:07
This is still a great awesome image!!!~V~
Kinga Chwalkowska Zadlak22-Jun-2012 20:06
Wonderful image of the Madonna. Beautiful presentation. ~V~
woody3421-Jun-2012 22:40
That was quite an adventure to get this shot but was obviously well worth it...a very beautiful image with great perspective and detail...
Colin Storey21-Jun-2012 19:12
Great story and a fantastic image, very worth waiting for. v
Tom LeRoy21-Jun-2012 14:42
Fascinating experience, Helen. This is a marvelous shot beautiful golds and lots of fine detail. V
Kevin Warren21-Jun-2012 13:57
Beautiful image and a great story along with it! V
Stephanie21-Jun-2012 13:27
What a beautiful chapel! Exquisite details and image Helen! V
Walter O. Koenig21-Jun-2012 13:25
Certainly worth the wait to get this stunning image. The details are superb. "V"
Jola Dziubinska21-Jun-2012 12:04
Stunning photo, Helen.
This miraculous icon is worshiped in Poland as well, since Vilnius belonged to Poland in the past for many years and many Poles live there till now.
Jim Coffman21-Jun-2012 11:37
Very beautiful,Helen..
William Barletta21-Jun-2012 11:30
This is a marvelous icon. Worth the wait.
Zoltán Balogh21-Jun-2012 11:17
This is so nice Helen! V
Graeme21-Jun-2012 09:38
Such wonderful details of this beautiful interior, Helen. BV