This moment occurred at the Ordination of five Priests in Austin, Texas. During the Ordination Mass, all of the Priests present lay hands on the men who are being ordained. It is one of the most reverent moments in Catholic worship. So a flash is out of the question. Photographers must work with existing light. In this particular church, there is a sky light that poses a problem with existing light. The sun sines down directly on various hot spots at unpredictable moments. This shot was taken just as the sun shined on the subjects. It is a perfect moment when the Light of Christ seems to shine on these two holy men of God. Although it is day time and very light in the church, it appears to be dark. The sensor in the camera has made an adjustment to the bright light on the subject making everything else appear dark. The Priest who is giving the blessing makes this shot especially precious to us. He is the Priest who married us. Photo taken by David.
[Additional comment by david: I was actively trying to avoid this from happening and did not notice until afterwards that several shots came out like this. I don't know that I could duplicate these if I tried - the sun and subjects were in the right spot at the right time.]