As many of you know, Mary and I are on a mission (no pun intended) to photograph all of the California Missions. With San Francisco Solano, we will have completed 10 out of the 21, total. The San Francisco Solano mission is located in the town square in downtown Sonoma, CA. Here is what we saw.
Mary and I have a pretty well developed process for photographing the missions now. See our two big blogs on photographing the California Missions. Here, we started on the inside to get the altar first while there was some decent light. It is a pew-less interior and a simple one, at that. If you want this kind of glow from natural light and the stars in the lights, you will need a tripod and a long exposure.
After that we photographed the large room attached to the sanctuary. It houses a collection of watercolors of all of the missions and looks like a giant dinning room.
We proceeded to the courtyard which was very simple and grabbed a few shoots.
On the way out we photographed the front portico and the facade from various angles. You can also see one of the Camino Real Bell.
We went with mostly black and white because it was a very cold and overcast day. There were no vibrant colors outdoors and no shadows. We will definitely go back when the weather is different to get a different look.
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