Mission San Xavier Del Bac – Tucson, Arizona

If you are in the Tuscon area, be sure to check out the Mission San Xavier Del Bac. It’s a historic Spanish Catholic mission located about 10 miles south of downtown Tucson, Arizona, on the Tohono O’odham Nation San Xavier Indian Reservation.

Feature Image Details

Tilt-shift lenses really shine for architecture. I rate them a “must have” even though I am primarily a landscape photographer.

I love historic buildings like this mission.

I used the tilt-shift lens on the interior as well.

I used the 24mm tilt-shift lens for all of the above images. I was very close to the subject in the above shot. It’s a detail you can spot in the second image on the lower left.

For the following image, I made use of my Canon 100-400 MM F 4.5-5.6 L Lens at 400mm.

Look at the feature image and spot the bells.

Pay attention to details like this, but you will need a big lens to capture the scene.

Equipment List

Those interested in my equipment and recommendations can find it here: Mish’s Equipment List.

If you are looking to buy a tilt-shift lens, I highly recommend the Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Lens.

It is a newer, more versatile lens. I have both. Although 24mm was perfect for these images, it is often not wide enough. One can always crop a bit but it is very difficult to add what is not there.

If you are choosing between the two, get the 17mm lens.

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5 thoughts on “Mission San Xavier Del Bac – Tucson, Arizona

  1. I grew up in Tucson and remember visiting this mission several times as a youth. Nicely captured, Mish!

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  3. We just visited Arizona in April and saw the mission. Spent more time there than we had planned because it is so inspiring. Your photographs capture the true beauty of the mission. Thanks,

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