The San Luis Rey Mission is located five miles east of Oceanside, CA in northern San Diego County off of (what else?) Mission Avenue. It is the 18th established mission and is named after King Luis IX of France. It has a pretty large property, but not all of it is open to the public. Here are some highlights:
Mary and I are nearing completion of our project to photograph all of the California Missions. We will be done by the end of this year. This is the second time we have photographed San Luis Rey and the first time we were able to get inside.
You always have to shoot the large covered porches. Since they face all directions, it is a good idea to walk around and find the one with the best side-lighting.
This is a fairly large church with a large altar area and side chapel.
We always ask permission to bring our tripods into the church to make the longer exposures necessary for good indoor photography. They were very accommodating to us and were delighted we were making photos of this beautiful church. It was a light visiting day and both of us were able to make many indoor photos without crowds (always a delight). There is also a graveyard on site and some ruins from the earliest inhabitants.
As it was a bright sunny day, we shot both color and infrared.
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