Bethlehem AD 2017 - Rooftop Angels

One of the first sights you will see when standing in line to get into Bethlehem AD are the angels on the rooftop.  It's a great intro to what awaits inside!

Fuji X-T2   16-55mm f/2.8 lens at 51.6mm   f/2.8   1/80sec

The above photo is a scene that you'll see while waiting in line to get in.  In the dark, it's a magnificent sight, especially as the angels on the rooftop begin to move and the Archangel Gabriel appears at the side of the church to announce the birth of the Messiah.

From a photographer's perspective though, it's a very very difficult shot to capture.  Look at the right side of the photo and you see power lines covering the angels on that side.

And as you move towards the front of the line, which would be further to the right of the photo, the power lines become more prominent.

Fuji X-T1   ISO 800   50-140mm f/2.8 lens at 140mm   f/2.8   1/60sec

Although the glow from the lights masks the power lines, at least to the human eye.  The camera's eye though, combined with the sensor, picks up on things just like that of an animal, so the camera sees more of the above image than the one below, which is a view from within the town and how most people will see the angels.  

Fuji X-T2   ISO 1600   56mm f/1.2 lens   f/1.2   1/125sec

From having seen Bethlehem AD previous years, and also just from having experienced a little theater in high school and college, it's the folks in the background who don't really get their time in the spotlight, and yet also work just as hard as everyone else.  And I wanted to give them their own spotlight.  So what's a guy like me to do?

Join them on the roof, of course!

Fuji X-T2   ISO800   16-55mm f/2.8 lens at 55mm   f/2.8   1/60sec

I'm notorious for being a little haphazard when trying to get a shot and this was no exception.

Fuji X-T2   ISO 400   16-55mm f/2.8 lens at 20.6mm   f/2.8   1/60sec

I'll leave you with three of my favorite rooftop angel shots.  When I see these, I'm reminded of how dedicated these folks are, dancing on the rooftop at night, in the cold, and sometimes in the rain and wind.

Hopefully these shots captured the spirit of what they did that night.

Fuji X-T1   ISO 800   50-140mm f/2.8 lens at 140mm   f/2.8   1/60sec

Fuji X-T2   ISO 500   56mm f/1.2 lens   f/1.2   1/125sec

Fuji X-T2   ISO 800   16-55mm f/2.8 lens at 45.5mm   f/2.8   1/60sec