Organ Screen

Here is the magnificent carved-wood organ screen/balcony in our chapel here at Casa Santa Maria in Rome. Unfortunately, the organ behind it is nothing to write home about.

Photographed by me on May 24, 2006. The camera I had back then was fantastic, and I’ve never found another one like it.

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4 Responses to Organ Screen

  1. hashtagcatholic says:

    It’s beautiful. What camera did you have back then?

    • It was one of the Nikon Coolpix models — I guess maybe I would have gotten it around 2005. A Coolpix 7? I don’t remember exactly. Anyway, it was a little bulky for a point-and-shoot, it took a compact flash card, and was maybe 5 MP max but it might have been just 3 megapixels. I think 5. But, it did EXTREMELY well in low light conditions and it had an ARTICULATING VIEWFINDER, which every camera should have and I don’t know why more companies don’t make cameras with these. Since then I managed to find one other similar camera with an articulating viewfinder, but its picture quality was far inferior and I ultimately got rid of it.

      The problem with that Coolpix was that one day the shutter stopped opening. I probably could have sent it out for repairs but I’m not sure why I didn’t. I had gotten a lot of use out of it and I think maybe at the time I thought: I’ll just buy something new, surely cameras are even better now. Ha! Since then I’ve gone through like 4 or 5 cameras. The one I have now, a very compact Canon Powershot, actually is probably the second-best camera I’ve ever had in terms of low-light etc. But it doesn’t have the articulating viewfinder!

      • Daniel Muller says:

        Hello, Father.

        I imagine that you no longer have the Nikon. Just for future reference, however, the problem with many digital point-and-shoots is that the nylon gears in the lens mechanism tend to mangle with a little use. Typically, the lens will then be stuck open although it seems that yours was stuck closed.

        The solution — and yes, I have done this several times myself, always with good results — is to hold the camera firmly and strike its base firmly against the palm of the other hand. You may have to do this more than once. The gears will pop into place. As they are probably damaged, they may eventually fail completely, but you may have even years of use left.

        Of course, the correct repair is to replace the gears, but I think that at least in the United States this would not be worth the cost.

        I am dissatisfied with my second or third Powershot — it does not seem to focus all that well, and its flash is just too bright — so I am glad that you are enjoying yours.

      • Thanks Daniel. The Nikon is long gone. I avoid flash photography at all costs, so I don’t have much commentary to offer on my camera’s flash. It is a Canon Power shot SX260.

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