Yes, Romans! If there's one group that really catches the attention of the crowds visiting Bethlehem AD, it's definitely the Romans. While the villagers are within the walls of Bethlehem AD, the Roman soldiers and dignitaries are everywhere. You'll find them walking the line of people waiting to get in -- just as in the photo below -- or walking through the village.
For the most part, the soldiers are always in motion, and thus hard to capture, except for moments like the next photo where they stopped and posed for the crowd.
There's even a small Roman camp located within the walls of Bethlehem AD.
Along the line of the crowd, one of the more interesting things is how some of the actors interact with folks. Below is an actor playing King Herod's valet. He's asking the little boy if the little boy has any information about the one called "the King of the Jews". In his left hand, he's got some pieces of silver.
And the next shot are King Herod and his entourage. Herod and his valet have to stay in character for the photos!
Next is a neat shot I took of the Roman soldiers just before the gates of Bethlehem AD opened. I used just the available light and really cranked up the ISO because I knew the flash wouldn't make things look too good. I wanted to make the shot looked natural. I also used the 16mm Fuji prime lens for the shot.
The high ISO and the slightly higher shutter helped me freeze them in action, and most importantly, eliminate any camera-shake on my part. They were standing as still as possible for the shot, but I needed that extra buffer just to make sure because it really was dark.
Next week we'll take a look at the stable and the manger itself!