Photographing the Tumacacori Mission near Tucson, AZ

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Mary and I love visiting and photographing old missions.  We have photographed all 21 of the CA Missions.  When we were in Tucson in December, we made the 50 mile trek down to the Tumacacori National Historic Park.  Here is what you will see. Continue reading

Photographing Mission Santa Ines in Solvang, CA

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Mary and I have photographed every one of California’s 21 missions, several more than once.  For some reason, the first time we were at Santa Ines it was closed so we only were able to get a few photos from the parking lot.  This past time, we had unfettered access and few crowds, which made for a great day.  Here is what we saw. Continue reading

Photographing Mission San Luis Rey de Francia in Oceanside, CA

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Mary and I have photographed all 21 California missions, some more than once.  Last weekend we visited San Luis Rey for the third time and we always see something new.  Here is what you might want to see. Continue reading

The Best (and Worst) of California’s Missions

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Mary and I have now seen and photographed every California Mission, some of them more than once.  We have many blogs on this site about individual missions and two popular blogs about how to photograph the missions, in general.  Herewith, is our summary of the very best (and not so good) of these sites (please discuss): Continue reading

Photography Project: Desert Abstracts

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If you have been following us for awhile, you know I have a special place in my heart for desert abstracts.  There is something about the forms, lines, shapes, and tones that get me hooked every time.  When I am not having a particularly fruitful day photographing in the public gardens, I usually head over to the desert garden and without fail find a pick-me-up. Continue reading

Macro Photography: Garden Snails

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If you had asked me 4 years ago (before I started photographing) what I thought of garden snails, I would have launched into a vulgarity ridden tirade about their destructive nature and general “ickiness”.  Fast forward to last weekend, never in a million years would I have ever imagined myself spending 20 minutes trying to photograph a snail’s eyeball.

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Photographing the San Fernando Rey Mission

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“Front” of the mission

After nearly three years, we have completed our California Missions project.  We have now visited and photographed all twenty-one of them.  The last one was actually just 30 minutes from our house in San Fernando.  Look for a “meta” blog review about all of the missions in the next few weeks.  Here is San Fernando Rey:

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A Weekend in Santa Cruz, CA

Sunset from our hotel room

Sunset from our hotel room

Mary and I spent a delightful weekend in Santa Cruz,CA exploring the area.  In a small area you can experience an incredible coast, beautiful beaches, a great pier, a CA mission, lighthouses, and more.  Here is what you will see. Continue reading

Textured Photographs

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If you have been following our blog for awhile, then you know that I have a passion around textured photographs and the different moods and feelings you can create by layering different textures, changing blend modes, removing texture from select areas, and changing opacity.  Its definitely something I do when I am in a “creative” mood. Continue reading

Photography project: black and white silhouettes

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Sometimes lighting conditions and scenes are so tough, that taking a subject and background down to its bare essence is one of the few options available.  I almost didn’t take these three shots, and then I almost threw them out…..I’m really glad I tried to find a way to bring out the essence of what was happening on the beach that day.

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