California Missions Photos Featured in SFGate

21 of my California Missions photos were featured in an article on SFGate yesterday titled, “Visiting California’s missions: Which one is your favorite?“. SFGate is the website for the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper so it’s a great honor to have been quoted in the article and to have them run my photos. Though I have photographed …

(California) Mission Accomplished

The California Missions are a big part of California history; so much so that elementary school students are required to complete a California Missions project in the 4th grade nowadays. I don’t recall having to do one when I was in school (we did a California Gold Rush project in 4th grade) so it wasn’t …

Sonoma Mission

Sonoma Mission was the 19th California Mission that I visited. The mission church was pretty though I was surprised by how small it was. Developed in 1823, Mission San Francisco de Solano (Sonoma Mission) was the last to be developed and is the northernmost of the 21 California Missions. See more of my California Missions pictures.

Mission Dolores San Francisco

Saturday was a crazy day as I managed to photograph Mission Dolores in the afternoon in-between a brief morning visit to the California Academy of Sciences at Golden Gate Park (way too crowded), then lunch with friends, and before the evening Photowalk at the Seal Rocks. Mission Dolores was the 18th California Mission that I …

Mission San Miguel Arcangel

Having photographed 17 of the 21 California Missions, Mission San Miguel Arcangel is the one that I am most intrigued by. The chapel was severely damaged by the Paso Robles earthquake several years ago and has been closed ever since. It is currently under construction. What makes this chapel particularly unique is that it has …

Mission San Luis Obispo

Kids Playing in Mission San Luis Obispo Water Fountains After Nojoqui Falls, I went to take pictures of Mission San Luis Obispo. The SLO Mission was the 17th of the California Missions that I have photographed in the past several years. The first one I had visited was Carmel, which I just thought was okay …

San Francisco

The first stop I had planned for last Thursday was Mission San Juan Bautista. The mission was only about fifteen miles north of where I was staying so I was able to get some much needed sleep and still get there early. I had never been to San Juan Bautista before and was quite surprised …

The San Andreas

Last Monday I left home around 5:30 a.m. in order to avoid most of the L.A. Monday morning traffic. My first stop was at Mission San Miguel. I immediately recognized this California Mission as the one that was damaged by the big Paso Robles earthquake two years ago. Mission San Miguel wasn’t open due to …

Return of the Swallows 3-19-06

The Return of the Swallows Celebration takes place every March at Mission San Juan Capistrano, California. Historically the swallows arrive on the 19th from Peru to the Mission but in recent years the swallows have gathered in the parking lot next door because Mission has been under construction to ensure the buildings are preserved for …

My First Week With the 20D.

I love almost everything about the camera though the 9 point AF system takes a while to get used to. My other cameras are of an older technology so selective AF wasn’t an option. For landscape the AF was not a problem since I manually focus a lot of landscapes and landscapes aren’t usually confusing …