When the Mentor Series announced an adventure to Greece for the spring of 2014, Donnie Sexton of Helena, Montana, jumped at the opportunity. Greece had always been at the top of her travel wish list. So much so that she knew in advance what subjects she wanted to shoot and the angle and light she would use to capture them.
At the magical island of Santorini, for example, she wanted the quintessential sunset shot of
the blue-domed churches in the town of Oia. She envisioned photographing the rooftops and sun-bleached buildings that cascade down to the azure sea. In fact, hordes of people gather as early as 4 p.m. on a rocky bluff above the churches to stake out positions for this iconic shot. Because the Mentor Series group would be spending two nights on the island, she was hopeful that on at least one of the evenings conditions would let her capture that scene.