I’m doing a series of photo essays (If I can call them that) for the California Missions. There are 21 missions in California that compromise the California Missions Trail, the trail begins in southern California at the 1st mission in the trail (Mission San Diego de Alcala at San Diego) and ends in northern California at the 21th mission in that trail (San Francisco Solano at Sonoma).
San Diego De Alcala (also named Mission San Diego) is considered the first church in California and it’s called the Mother of the Alta California Missions. Founded on July 16, 1769 by Father Junipero Serra. The mission represents the beginning of the mix of religious and political impacts of Spanish conquer for California on locals and the birth process for California before it becomes as a state. For more facts and information about the mission click here.
I tried to reflect the cultural authenticity and historical nature of the place emphasized it by using monochrome tones. All pictures are processed as HDR (only basic) then post processing in photo shop. With the time limit there I tried to capture the spirit of the place and show the different architectural nature of the place plus taking pictures for some of the fixtures and interiors of the building. You feel naturally the humbleness of those mission places in comparison with the today luxurious nature of modern churches.
Cups in La Jolla, San Diego is an organic cupcakery offers one of the best cupcakes I’v tried so far. The place is nice and the shop has a nice lounge facing one of the La Jolla Village streets. We ordered Brûlée-J and it was so delicious that we ordered twice!, also the late is great. The service there is wonderful and the place is quite and has organic peace atmosphere. I took some various pictures for the place and for my daughter enjoying the cupcake and the place. Click on the image to open the slideshow. I converted some pictures to black and white since I like mono urban pictures.
I took pictures for the San Diego Trolley at La Mesa City in San Diego. I used continues shooting mood to keep up with the speed of the trolley. And when the trolley is away, I had the chance to photo shoot the the railroad track. I liked to convert some to black and white.
Below is the full set of pictures, click to view the slideshow
I was busy photo shooting the Train in La Mesa in San Diego at the La Mesa Depot and my wife saw this ballet school outside wall and got my attention to it and after I back to home I regret not spending more time to take better angles and get the whole wall with my wide lens (I used my 35mm so I could not get the whole frame). I liked the silhouette dancers figures on the windows and the grainy texture of the wall. The school name is “” in La Mesa city across the street from the La Mesa Depot. You can notice my reflection on the first image. Definitely I will go back to that place again. Love photography with passion.
La Mesa Depot located in La Messa city (San Diego, California) is one of the oldest train stations; built in 1894 and now is a historical landmark. There is a nice train (Mojave Northern #3) which is out of service now and it is used as a landmark for visitors to see, it is a convienit place for photography as it is open and free for public and parking there is so easy. I took many pictures but for now I’m sharing the one I processed. This time I liked to do selective sharpening and Gaussian blurring around the train to give that tilt and shift effect then apply Lomo effect to the whole image. I will share the rest of the pictures in a separate post or maybe update this one. I think I’m just s so excited to share it now without waiting so long.
I took close up and other pictures for the train, the depot building signs and other details shown in below set (click on one of the images to open the slideshow).
I’v been in La Jolla in San Diego during the weekend and had the chance to photo shoot some surfers. I had to use high ISO to keep up with the speed and low light so I thought it is better to convert them to silhouette and black and white photos to minimize the appearance of noise. I increased the black and contrast to emphasis the silhouette, I liked the results!