The Missions National Park near San Antonio consists of four missions from the Spanish era. This one, Mission San José, is the best restored of the four. The foreground, which used to be covered, is part of the Convent; the ground floor was probably used to store supplies. In the background may be seen the dome of the church itself. The church is still used as a church.
This mission was started about 1720; the church was completed in 1783. The Spaniards started a number of missions, in Texas and elsewhere, to serve several purposes. First, they were defensive; many of them were walled and served well to protect the inhabitants from attacks by the locals. Second, many locals were invited to be part of the mission; to participate in the agriculture that started around many of the missions. In return, they were proselytized; the degree to which this missionary work was successful is up for debate.
This particular mission was restored in the 1920s and 1930s as part of the Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression.
Today marks my second year on TE. It's impossible to overstate how much I have learned about taking decent photographs both from your comments on my work and from looking at other posted photos. Thanks to all.
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mesutilgim (88568) 2014-06-23 13:44
First of all congratulations to your 2nd anniversary at TE !
This entry is a good lecture for perfect pov.
TFS and best regards
Giustiniani (3550) 2014-06-23 13:44
un bon anniversaire pour vos 2 ans sur TE.
Ces superbes arches en pierre créent une belle perspective et donnent de la profondeur à l'image. Un beau site, un beau jeu de lumière et une très belle qualité d'image.
dta (70981) 2014-06-23 14:09
Hello Roger ,
A superb perspective through the old arches . i like especially the texture of the old stones . Excellent light management . The boy in green provides a good focal point .
jcpix (13812) 2014-06-23 20:18
Congrats on the anniversary, you have me beat by a few weeks. :) The learning process goes both ways, it's been a pleasure learning from your pictures just the same.
A fine one to mark the occasion, a lesson in perspective and pattern. The composition is well balanced and the light management is too...an all 'round lovely result! And to top it off, the addition of human element and scale is the icing on the cake. Go have a slice in celebration. :) Take it easy.
Friendly wishes from out West,
rychem (27534) 2014-06-23 21:26
Great arches! Beautiful shapes and the texture of stone walls, good management of light and perfect composition
macjake (60664) 2014-06-23 21:35
congrats on your 2 year stint on TE, hopefully there will be another 2 years plus more.
surprised to see this one, i thought for sure i'd be looking at a Boston photo :)
but surprises are good. and i think its important to include people in these types of photos for extra interest, as you have done.
I can sympathize with you on this photo as it must have been hard to compose with all those arches at the top getting in the way.
COSTANTINO (59299) 2014-06-23 21:38
Good morning dear friend
At first many wishes for your 2 years in
Te and for more beautiful and interesting
photos here we have a superb perspective
though the old arches this composition
is wellmanaged and the lighting perfectly
controlled with lights and shadows playing
together the boy in green adds life
have a nice time
emka (85311) 2014-06-23 23:33
Hello Roger, With two years you are still a kid here on TE and with 150 shots a bit lazy. I am joking of course. Congratulations in your anniversary. I looked at your intro and saw you are mathematician. How nice (I am physicist).
Escellent photo with all these arches. Fine composition, good colours and we feel how hot it must be there. Nice inclusion of the boy. I do not see that you need any learning in photography :).
Warm regrads MAlgo
Hanssie (10441) 2014-06-24 0:15
That's a nice framing, great photo !
chrislo (4155) 2014-06-24 1:12
Superb perspective through these sunlit arches. I like the shapes and shadows which you have captured perfectly. The repetitive arches create a nice sense of depth. Lovely textures in the stonework and very good clarity. You've managed the light perfectly. A good shot taken from an excellent viewpoint.
holmertz (44496) 2014-06-24 2:32
This must be one of the few places in the US looking a bit like medieval Europe, althought it's much more recent than that. The line of vaults give a fine perspective to the composition, underscored by the sharp shadow lines on the ground. The depth is also emphasized by the flower pot near you and the green boy further back.
SnapRJW (31625) 2014-06-24 3:36
Hello Roger - First off... congratulations on you 2nd TE anniversary. Secondly, this is an interesting shot to mark the occasion. Initially, I thought that it was taken in Europe but reading your note I understand why. Fascinating that this building should now form part of a National Missions Park but historically it is an important landmark. A well composed shot with very good textural detail in the old stone work. I like the harsh light too as it adds a lot of location context to the picture.
Here's to the next 2 years!
snunney (89060) 2014-06-24 4:23
Firstly, congratulations on two years! The point of view is rather unusual and makes superb use of the graphical lines offered by the architecture. The boy in the green top makes a good focal point and also provides a fine sense of scale for the whole. I like the shadow play and the excellent rendering of the textural detail in the stonework. The image is nicely illuminated and has good colours and sharpness.
cornejo (35179) 2014-06-24 10:07
Hi Roger, my congratulations on your second anniversary on TE. Very good picture of this interesting composition with these interesting ancient arches of the Mission of San Antonio, nicely composed and captured this beautiful image with good sharpness, depth, pretty light, color and quality. Excellent and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good afternoon and happy week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
Noel_Byrne (27006) 2014-06-24 12:55
Excellent picture, I love the point of view and the framing of the whole scene with these fine arches. They have stood the test of time well considering how old they are. This shot has particular fascination for me, as I photograph a lot of abbeys and such in Ireland, also built with defensive purposes in mind as well as religion. To see the differences in style, design, and even building materials is fascinating for me, we are influenced so much by what the land gives us in what we build. Ireland has grey stone and straight lines with cloisters, here you have beautiful sand colored stone, and wonderful curved arches and dome. Excellent shot, and a joy to see it was saved from destruction by abandonment.
Thanks for sharing, and congrats on two years, it's been a true pleasure viewing your gallery.
delpeoples (54727) 2014-07-11 6:15
Congratulations on your 2nd birthday here on TE. How quickly time has flown, and what a pleasure it has been to know you. Here's to many many more years here on TE. Excellent composition, beautiful rich colours and fantastic light control. Wonderful work, and congratulations once again.
annjackman (20743) 2014-07-16 8:18
When I saw this I was surprised that it was in the USA. The lovely old architecture could easily be in Europe. The textures on the walls and arches are lovely and the sunlight has warmed the colour of the stone. The small boy in green is an extra bonus.
Well done for 2 years on TE - keep posting!
Best wishes, Ann
abmdsudi (46234) 2014-07-17 1:49
Lovely clean pic and historic sight, like the exercise in texture, the smooth flow of the arches and the bright blue sky against the rough weathered stonework. It is the addition of the kid with its sparking green that makes it a compelling photograph. A great place for shooters, you did your very best here.
Congrats too on your second anniv on TE,
Have a great day.
eldancer1 (31439) 2014-07-31 7:23
Good composition and I like the pattern created by those arches. Nice to have person for scale. Good lighting and sharp details. Well done, tfs.
- Copyright: Roger Lipsett (rogerl) (1544)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-05-03
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Ruins
- Camera: Nikon D5100, AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
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- Date Submitted: 2014-06-23 13:04