I got to tag along with Steve and Peggy of the Camera Club of Tucson when they were reconnoitering a place to take the club members for a field trip. St Anthony's Monastery lies in the middle of the desert about 50 miles north of Tucson, halfway to Phoenix but 10 miles east of the freeway. Literally right in the middle of the desert. Founded only in 1995 by six monks from Athos, Greece, this Greek Orthodox Monastery is home to 48 monks now and some of the most amazing architecture in recent times. We walked around and shot a few locations looking for opportunities to bring the group back to teach HDR photography. I am not sure I will be here then so asked to tag along. Glad I did.
Here are a few of the photos I shot. First few were with iPhone. Last few with big camera and processed. Click on any of them to see bigger versions.
|Entrance to the Monastery WAY OUT IN MIDDLE OF DESERT! Trust me on this one.|
|Steve and Peggy, my photo companions. Women have to be fully covered. They give you the clothes. HOT!|
|Interior of St Anthony's Church. First place we saw|
|Exterior of St Anthony's Church. iPhone was a little shaky here|
|St Nicholas Cathedral interior. Amazing woodwork|
|St George's Chapel Exterior getting ready to shoot Panorama with big camera|
Now here are a couple photos I shot with big camera:
|St George's Chapel Panorama merged from 5 different photos|
|St George's Chapel West End HDR|