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    Posted: 01 December 2009 at 15:34
The mission is located just outside of Tuscon, Arizona (U.S.). I wasn't there at the best time of day but I still found it a fascinating place. The first image is to show you what the mission looks like in general, the other images are trying to show it off. Comments and criticism encouraged - always trying to learn.

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#5 - Added - a no-flare image of one of the towers


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Very nice.

I do not know if it's the light, the air or what, but these images look incredibly clean. The sky and stuff, I mean.

Do you know of the reason why the right side tower has been left untouched while the left side is renovated?
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Sorry that these slipped through w/o comment Roger. It's a matter of time, nothing more. I think attension has been diverted elsewhere recently, but it's still disappointing that this has happened.

I've enjoyed looking through these images. Those blue skies are just beautiful - so pure and rich. Did you use a CPL?

#2 - I like it. Very simply but effective. The contrast between the clean tones of the building and the rich blue sky is very effective. If anything i think running the diagonal higher up the frame would work a little better. For me there is a little too much blue that could be balanced by including a touch more of the building. But it still works well how it is i must say.
#3 - I like it. Your strong conversion has impact. If anything I think i'd like a more natural tonality to the leaves/tree ( a little too dark for me ).
#4 - It's difficult shooting into the sun, especially when it is so high and strong. You've controlled it well here and i think it helps emphasise the intensity of the environment there.

Thanks for sharing them :)
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Hi i like your pics.
Lucky you, the renovation is finished.

The mission looks great now...

When i was last there (Sep. 2007), it was more like a construction site then a mission.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Roger Rex Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 December 2009 at 14:01
Thanks all for the comments.

Pekka - I spent three weeks in Arizona and the skies/air were virtually always very clean and clear. I had read some place prior to my trip that frequently the skies were so blue that a CPL was not suggested, actually discouraged, and I would agree now with that. I also read on another forum about the differences in atmospheric conditions that cause this as compared to Florida and coastal areas were the skies are rarely so blue. Renovations have been and are currently underway. See:   http://www.sanxaviermission.org/Restoration.html (sorry I don't know how to make the link "live"); also, see carlosdivega's comment above.

ricardovaste - Yes, these shots were taken the first couple of days I was in Arizona and I did use a CPL but you can see from several angles (e.g., #1) the CPL should have had no effect and still the blues are clear and "dark" right out of the camera (see my comment above to Pekka). I agree with your comment about #2 and, unfortunately, I don't have a shot with more of the wall to work with (note to self - ALWAYS set up the shot, then zoom back a bit, I can always crop back to the original I liked).
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