Penitente Church by Daniel J. McCauley IV


Small (23.2" x 15.5")

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A Penitente church in a small town in New Mexico.

The Penitente are a small Christian sect dating back to the 4th Century. In New Mexico the community is private & sometimes referred to as a “secret society”. They are know for extreme practices including self-flagellation.

It was interesting, in one small New Mexican town we were literally chased away from photographing the outside of a Penitente church. However at this particular location a single woman was inside cleaning & preparing the facility for a special event for one of her children. She was very kind and invited us inside so we could see it. It was beautiful. Far from ornate, the small and plain church was unique and peaceful. Although, it was August and quite hot, only one small window air conditioner attempted to cool the entire building.

Taken with a Canon 20D w/ 28-135mm IS USM.

For the HDR Group:
1/8000 sec; ISO 200; f/3.5 @28mm edited in Photo Dynamic HDR & CS4.


  • saseoche
    saseocheover 5 years ago

    Lovely and beautiful work very well done!

  • Thank you kindly, saseoche!

    – Daniel J. McCauley IV

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 5 years ago

    Beautiful! That sky is gorgeous.

  • Very kind, thank you, Bunny!

    – Daniel J. McCauley IV

  • Judith Winde
    Judith Windeover 5 years ago

    I love this shot! The church building just pops out from that magnificent sky…well done!

  • Most appreciated, Judith!

    – Daniel J. McCauley IV

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersover 5 years ago

    What a find, Daniel! I am glad that you were able to photograph it. Nice work.xo

  • Thank you, as always, Lori!!!

    – Daniel J. McCauley IV

  • Denis Molodkin
    Denis Molodkinover 5 years ago

    Excellent work, well done!

  • Very much appreciated, Denis!

    – Daniel J. McCauley IV

  • John Vandeven
    John Vandevenover 5 years ago

    Great shot Daniel.

  • Thanks John.

    – Daniel J. McCauley IV

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 5 years ago

    Fantastic capture

  • Thank you, Kathy.

    – Daniel J. McCauley IV

  • rasnidreamer
    rasnidreamerover 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot, and very interesting dialog.

  • Thanks very much, Sue.

    – Daniel J. McCauley IV

  • Polly Peacock
    Polly Peacockover 5 years ago

    Fantastic shot and how interesting – great job Daniel!! :)))

  • Thank you kindly, Polly : )

    – Daniel J. McCauley IV

  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonover 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture and an interesting story.

  • Thanks very much, Rosalie.

    – Daniel J. McCauley IV

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