Macro at the Mission

While on a meetup detour to the Old Mission Santa Barbara, I decided to only use the 100mm macro lens I’ve rented. Since it is a fixed 100mm that means I need to zoom with my feet. The lens also has a maximum aperture of f2.8 which when used can make for some very shallow depth of field. Even though it’s a macro lens that doesn’t mean all my shots have to be close-ups. Join me on my journey through the mission.

This sign is at the front entrance

Mission Santa Barbara sign

Mission Santa Barbara sign

I was trying to capture the architectural detail of the hallway and decided to keep the legs in the shot.

Legs in the way

Legs in the way

Spent some time focusing on the flowers in the courtyard area and playing with the aperture settings

Focus on the Flower

Focus on the Flower

Christmas Colors

Christmas Colors

Black and White

Black and White

I practiced my portrait photography on these statues

His Face

His Face


Light on His Face

Shining Light

Capturing mission details

Wooden Cross

Wooden Cross

Mission Cross on the rooftop

Mission Cross on the rooftop

Courtyard Fountain

Courtyard Fountain

There is a fountain in front of the mission that I was photographing when I noticed the circles in the design looked like eyes and the water like tears. I recomposed my shot to get this final shot.

Crying Eyes

Crying Eyes

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