Photographing the Mission San Antonio de Padua

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The Mission San Antonio de Padua is in a very remote location and not just a drive by.  It is near the small town of Jolen, CA and is a destination mission as it is 45 minutes from highway 101 or The El Camino Real.  You have to drive through the middle of Fort Hunter Liggett Military Reservation, but it is well worth the trip.  Here is what you will see.

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Because it is so remote, there are few visitors.  It is quite beautiful inside and out.

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It has a unique double cross facade.

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 Father Serra is a favorite subject.  Here he is covered with bird poop.  Remember to use “portrait” camera settings or a wide open aperture to get him sharp and the blurry background called “bokeh.”

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You always have to find the El Camino Real bell.

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Always look for details and abstracts.

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This one had a very large interior courtyard and a nice porch in front.  This is a “must get” shot.

We have now photographed 13 of the 21 missions.  We plan to complete the project in 2014.  See our other blogs about the California missions.

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  1. Anonymous

    I visited this mission many years ago. It has not changed. It was the restful setting I have ever experienced. I will go again.

    1. pamphotography

      Thanks for the note. This IS a very peaceful and quiet mission. Good for reflection, thoughtfulness, and photography. They are having money problems, so If anyone wants to visit, they should go now. Thanks.

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