DURING THE HOLY MASS IN THE CHURCH OF ST.XAVIER

While making a reportage about the Jesuit Missions of the Bolivian Chiquitania region, i tried in many ways to include the figure of the man within the architectural context that allowed those areas to achieve the status of Unesco World Heritage Site. The easiest and most impactful thing to do was to take pictures of those so peculiarly decorated churches during mass.

San Xavier is not the most beautiful one out of all seven Missions, i spent just one day there. During mass, i noticed a burst of sunlight making its way in the shadows from the church’s main entrance.
Right under that decorated column, a bunch of kids were confabulating and running back and forth. So i underexposed in semispot mode in order to darken shadows a bit and not to burn the highlights, then i looked through the telephoto lens.
Year 2007. Camera Nikon D100.  Diaphragm 6,3  speed 1/125 lens zoom 80-200 f 2,8 AF
whole story : http://federicotovoli.photoshelter.com/gallery/Chiquitania-the-bolivian-far-east/G0000KGhbYLIWRjA/C0000u8KB2GzO_jo