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Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Joe Liske, a member of a photography and Photoshop club in SaddleBrooke, takes aim at the San Xavier Mission as the sun sets last Friday afternoon. Many photographers showed up before the sun even set, some as early as 3:30, to claim their spots and angles of the newly restored church.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, As the sun went down and a nearly full moon rose, the San Xavier was lit up as hundreds of photographers took aim at the 226-year-old Roman Catholic Church.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Illuminated by dozens of floodlights, the San Xavier Mission was lit up last Friday night as a photographic opportunity and to commemorate the completion of the restoration on the western tower. Hundreds of photographers showed up to view the one-time lighting.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Mike Henry and Ria Ryne, both members of a local photography club, set up their large-format cameras ranging in size from 4x5 inches to a 12x20 inches in preparation for the one-time photo-opportunity last Friday night at Mission San Xavier del Bac. Organizers lit up the mission from dusk to 10:30 p.m. to allow for night photography. Hundreds of photographers showed up for the nighttime spectacle.