Pope Francis made a whirlwind visit through Philadelphia this weekend in support of the World Meeting of Families conference. While I felt the Pontiff’s message to the United States was scolding in its tone, the people who traveled to this conference were nothing less than joyful. With humble hearts and kindness to all they met, I found interacting with these pilgrims the highlight of this conference.
I spent close to twelve hours on Saturday waiting for the Popemobile to pass by on the Parkway. I grabbed a great spot to photograph the Pontiff in his mobile as he passed by the crowds. Of course, this meant I had to stick to that spot till then. I texted friends for food and water reinforcements to help make the wait more bearable. As I leaned against the temporary railing set up on the Parkway I observed the moveable feast of conference participants and snapped a few photos. The following are some of the more interesting shots I took during that long wait. My gear for the day was the Canon 7DM2 and 70-200 f/4 lens along with the 24mm f/2/8 pancake lens. The photo of Pope Francis in the popemobile was taken with a Canon 70-200 f/4 L.
I also managed to snap a photo of a rainbow that appeared in the sky during the Papal Mass on Saturday. Quite thrilling to have this beautiful natural phenomenon to happen during this Mass.
What were your impressions of the Papal visit to America? Would you wait twelve hours to snap a photo of the Pope in his famous ‘popemobile’? Leave your thoughts in the comment section.
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