Mesa Easter Pageant

  I've had the privilege for the past six or seven years of being the photographer for the Mesa Easter Pageant and Temple Christmas Lights. I'm constantly in awe of the individuals involved in both projects. The dedication of the cast members is impressive enough, but the time and effort put forth by those behind the scenes is staggering. It's humbling to see their willingness to serve, usually with no recognition at all.
     During this Easter season I wanted to post of few images of the current Pageant. I was fortunate to be able to borrow a nice digital camera from my friend Riguel Uvaldo. I'm still way behind the curve on digital handhelds. The Pageant lighting is always tricky. If you shoot with a powerful flash you get light on your subject, but the background goes dark. If you shoot with just the stage lighting, you risk blurred images and wild shifts in color. I set the ISO high and used the flash to supplement. The great thing about shooting digitally is you can shoot hundreds of images and get feedback in time to make adjustments to your exposure and color balance.
     The scenery, lighting, sound, and costumes are awesome - more testament to the dedication of the volunteers. Here are a few horizontal images.


The actor portraying Christ is Robert Allen. He's a great person who brings a powerful, but humble spirit to his role.  He does such a great job, it's hard to imagine anyone else in the portrayal. Here are a few of the vertical images.

For those who haven't been to the Pageant , here's the website with times and directions:

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  • 3/23/2008 10:06 PM Joele wrote:
    Awesome pics as always. I wish I could've gone this year. I love the pageant.
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  • 4/7/2008 9:34 PM Maren wrote:
    Richard you got some great shots! We missed it this year unfortunately... oh well, I've actually been thinking about hitting the Manti pageant either this year or next. I haven't seen that one since i was a kid.
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  • 4/14/2008 9:53 PM Cassie wrote:
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  • 4/18/2008 2:37 PM christopher thompson wrote:
    Hello Richard,
    We recently purchased your black and white photo of the Mesa Temple at the Deseret bookstore across Mesa Dr. from the temple - Great photo!
    My real question is how can I get a copy of your Black and White San Diego temple? Deseret doesn't sell it and I would like to display both Temples together since we live in Arizona but were married in the San Diego Temple.
    Any help you can give me?
    Chris Thompson
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