St. Mary’s Basilica – Natchez, MS

Beautiful St. Mary’s Basilica one of Natchez’s jewels

St. Mary's Basilica photography

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Two weeks ago my wife and I spent the night in Natchez, and as usual I was scouting for photo subjects. My wife — lovely and patient as she is — hates when I start setting up my tripod, so as we walked through the historic old city that evening after gorging ourselves at Pearl Street Pasta I simply looked and assessed. And when we got to the beautiful St. Mary’s Basilica I stopped and tried to figure out if I could get a great exterior shot given the narrow street it faces.

“I don’t think I can get far enough away to get everything in the frame,” I told my wife, who just nodded and acted like she really cared. “Even my wide-angle lens wouldn’t be enough.”

How wrong I was. I was passing through the old town this week, and drove around as the sun set. When I passed the old church, I couldn’t help but get out and try anyway. I locked on my Tokina 12-24mm lens, set it at 12 mm and put the camera on my tripod. Setting up on the far edge of the street resulted in a stunning view — and there was still just enough light leaking over horizon to turn the sky a brilliant blue.

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About Andy Crawford

Andy Crawford has been a photographer and writer for more than 20 years, with thousands of images and articles published in magazines and newspapers around the country. He now focuses on Louisiana photography, landscapes, HDR photography, urban prints and other fine art photography. He also is a portrait photographer.