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Mission San Juan Capistrano was founded in 1776 by Father Junípero Serra and named for the Neapolitan crusader Saint John of Capistrano. The mission was constructed 1797–1806 and was badly damaged in 1812 by an earthquake that wrecked its cruciform church and killed 29 people. The church remains a crumbled ruin with arches, quadrangle, and garden; there has, however, been some restoration of the mission buildings, including the adobe Serra Chapel.

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Mission San Juan Capistrano

 

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Chapel @ San Juan Capistrano Mission

 

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costa del sol spain may 2016

A shadowy courtyard hallway at the San Juan Mission, California.

Stopped by my favorite coffee-house and found this delightful addition to my Morning Joe …

 

Life is Good :-)

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This image is from the crown jewel of the California Missions, the Mission at San Juan Capistrano. This part of the mission looked like it was from another country. Apparently the Mission entered a long period of gradual decline after Mexican government secularization in 1833. After 1850 U.S. statehood, numerous efforts were made over the latter 19th century to restore the Mission to its former state, but none achieved much success until the arrival of Father O'Sullivan in 1910. Restoration efforts continue, and "Serra's Chapel" is still used for religious services. Over 500,000 visitors, including 80,000 school children, come to the Mission each year. And while the ruins of "The Great Stone Church" (which was all but leveled by an 1812 earthquake) are a renowned architectural wonder, the Mission is perhaps best known for the annual "Return of the Swallows" which is traditionally observed every March 19 (Saint Joseph's Day). Mission San Juan Capistrano has served as a favorite subject for many notable artists, and has been immortalized in literature and on film numerous times, perhaps more than any other mission.

 

In 1984, a modern church complex was constructed just north and west of the Mission compound and is now known as Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano. Today, the mission compound serves as a museum, with the Serra Chapel within the compound serving as a chapel for the mission parish.

 

I was experimenting with difference blending in Photoshop. I had to because this place was crawling with tourists. So I shot about 20 frames, with the same exposure while others skulked about. It worked just like I read, did a decent job. I still notice some flaws, some which I cleaned, others I will not admit to.

Capistrano Bay is home to Overhigh Clothing with a touch of Africa ... it looks like its still in construction but i love the setting and hope there will be more animals when its finished, loving the patterns on the clothes too.

Capistrano Bay

 

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I really like this mission church which has a rustic feel to it. The light and shadows are perfectly projected onto the wall during the late afternoon.

 

Explore #283, November 7th, 2016

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Building of Mission San Juan Capistrano began in 1775 and stopped a week later. Eventually it was more or less finished around 1796 and was the 7th in a series of 9 missions built by Fr Junipero Serra. There was a total of 21 missions built in California. There was a devastating earthquake in San Juan Capistrano in 1812 that destroyed much of the mission's buildings and killed many people. Some of the buildings were repaired but others remain as ruins, such as this group of bells.

 

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Taken in San Juan Capistrano, CA.

Mission San Juan Capistrano

 

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The mix of curves and straight metal pieces and the contrast of oranges and blues in the weathered wood invited a photo to be taken. I used Luminar 2018 to enhance the color and to correct lighting issues. Those issues were as much my fault for shooting quickly than it was of the natural conditions that day.

First time in Southern California, I visited the ruins of the mission at San Juan Capistrano. While the church was destroyed by an earthquake 200 years ago, the chapel has been restored. This darkened, long building was lit by candles and the reflections within its walls. I shot this on an iPhone SE and used the native Photos app to rotate it and to decrease the highlights.

Abstract digital image collage with tree.

I took this shot near Capistrano Beach during our trip to California. The colors of the sunset made an excellent background for the silhouettes!

   

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Tiny clusters of purple & white flowers

 

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Mission San Juan Capistrano, San Antonio Texas

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I debated whether or not to create a story to go with this photo. Who couldn't imagine a hundred different tales about a train station? But I wanted to share, instead, my journey to this final photo (via Picnik).

 

I love railroad tracks and have been determined to photograph them at some point. I took a deep breath and stood in the middle of these tracks with lots of people milling around looking at me like I was crazy. When I looked at the final photo, I was disappointed to see so many modern distractions.

 

Picnik does have its limitations (I'm intimidated by Photoshop, so I don't use it), but you can really trick it into doing some great things. I cloned bushes to cover up people and "doodled out" an electric pole. I turned it into a daguerreotype, added back some color and then used two layers:

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Please see below for my before and after. There's a big difference.

Esslinger Building - San Juan Capistrano, CA

Lago ubicado en la zona Capistrano Playa de Nerja

San Juan Capistrano

 

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San Juan Capistrano, CA

 

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This is San Juan Capistrano, in California. A very beautiful place that kind of reminded me of our beautiful Antigua Guatemala because of the architecture.

 

I'm adding a piano piece to this photo (not played by me though, sadly!... I'm a frustrated pianist :P) ....it's one of my favorite classic compositions, so I hope you enjoy it! ;)

 

Dreaming, by Schumann.

  

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