What started as a small Catholic community fair 53 years ago to support St. Anthony’s Seminary, 4601 Hastings, has grown to be an annual end-of-summer tradition for thousands of all faiths and backgrounds from throughout El Paso. The biggest draws for the St. Anthony’s Bazaar are the homemade gorditas and the evening concerts, but there’s plenty going on in every corner of the sprawling estate built by prominent businessman James G. McNary in 1917.
My family has always loved playing Loteria – a sort of Mexican bingo where you mark your cards with beans. Winners get to choose prizes from a table full of yard sale knick-knacks.
In 2012, I tried to capture some of the fun and unique moments of the event using my iPhone 4s. Too bad I forgot you shouldn’t shoot video with the iPhone in portrait mode because it puts the image in the middle of a skinny panel. However, it made for a good opportunity to experiment with some cool editing and filtering techniques. I particularly liked it for the split-screen shots. Watch for it after Loteria segment. To get the shots right in the first place, follow this link to Shooting Video with an iPhone.