Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Mission Abstract

I took my kids to the old California Catholic Mission started by the Spanish when they settled the area. This is a fountain there on the side of an old adobe building located under an over haning roof from the building. I love old buildings and architecture and this reminded me of an abstract painting or picture. No flash ISO 125 I believe and saturated colors in an editor to brighten a bit. CC please.

11 comments:

Janelle said...

I like your subject. Which mission is it? It's been a long time since I've been to any of them, but am I remembering swallows at this fountain? (San Juan Capistrano?)

Mindy said...

Interesting fountain, and nice colors! For cc, maybe make sure it's centered, or not... the slight off center is a little distracting. Also, to make it more abstract, you could have taken the picture out of focus, so the colors were the picture, or taken it from a different angle that didn't make it immediately obvious what it is.

Blake said...

Santa Clara it is basically now the campus of the Santa Clara University so all that is really left is just the chapel. The rest of the buildings are now part of the school.

Mindy, I had it centered but cropped it which looks like i cropped it off center now that i look at it more. Or i took the picture tilted. I have a tendency to tilt when i get my own picture taken so maybe I do that all the time. I will have to pay more attention to that thanks a lot!

Blake said...

I also chose this not just becuase the colors make me think of an abstract painting, but because of religion.

With all repect I like to look at other religions that look somewhat abstract to me and get a different understanding of them. It is sort of a hobby of mine.

Teri said...

How wonderful that you can take your children to these old missions, I grew up in Calif and we went to several on field trips. Brings back very good memories. I love the design of the fountain and the colors too.

Melinda said...

Like Teri, I had many visits to old missions as a child...with my history loving dad. I would do something with the centering and/or straightening. It seems just slightly crooked and just barely off centered...try my picasa 3 program; it'll help with tilted pictures. All in all, I really like this!!

Blake said...

I cant decide if i like Picasa or not. I have used it sometimes but overall there are things i want it to do and cant get it to. It is probably users error though.

Thanks for the tips I will have to look at it.

AprilF said...

What a fun dad you are- taking your kids to all sorts of neat places. I like the coloring- very calm. I think it could have looked really cool (and maybe more abstract) to get in closer and just get part of it.

Blake said...

April, that is a good idea. I guess I just have a natural tendency to caputre the whole subject, I have to break away from that and only get part sometimes. I think that is a good idea!

Rachel H. said...

I agree with April. Getting close could have really made this mysterious! :)But what gorgeous colors!!

Shanda Call said...

I love the colors in this shot, but for the abstract part, I would have loved to see it at a different angle, zoomed in more so we had to "Guess" a little more as to what it was. But the colors really pop and look great