Catholic Basilica of St Anthony of Padua, Nuku'alofa, Tonga

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Comments (8)

Luud Riphagen on July 23, 2008

Interesting architecture of a this Catholic (church), great field of depth. Wonderful done Ian . Greetings Luud

Ian Stehbens on July 23, 2008

Dear Luud,

Thanks for your comment on this for it is appreciated. I had tried to photograph this church from close by, but the powerlines, poles, fences, bins and other ancillary structures were annoying. But from 500M away it was possible, then I saw this bush in bloom and its form suited the building. And I was satisfied.

I'll be interested to see what our architect friend from Uruguay, Edmundo, has to say about this design, Luud.



Andreas Wiesner on July 25, 2008

I know your problem with the powerlines... But with this bush it´s a great picture - i wish i had found this view ;-)

Cheers, Andreas!

Ian Stehbens on July 25, 2008

Yes Andreas, this one is for you. In fact I went a couple of times, once at night, once in the day to see if I could avoid all the obstacles, but it wasn't till I was walking around at the Methodist Conference, a block away on the other side of the Royal Tombs, that I saw this and knew the telephoto would do what I wanted.

So we have a pair of photos now, you and I. And I hope you saw some of the sad destruction of Nuku'alofa in other sets of images in the Lincluden gallery.

Kindest regards,


Antonietta * on July 25, 2008

Good morning Ian I see it took your time to do this lovely shot. Good that you were able to find the exact angle. Great composition. Greetings

Ian Stehbens on July 26, 2008

Dear Antonietta,

I am most delighted also that you took the time to explore the recent pictures in my gallery and to drop me a nice message. Hope you have been enjoying my visit to Tonga.

Good night, from Sydney.


Marilyn Whiteley on July 27, 2008

Ian, you certainly found your way past all the obstacles to create a beautiful, memorable image! Marilyn

Ian Stehbens on July 28, 2008

Dear Marilyn,

It is good when you see what you are looking for. I almost got a good one at night, but I wasn't able to hold the camera still enough for the necessary exposure. You may have noticed above that Andreas and I had communicated on this previously, hence I was prepared to seek. I found.



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