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Mission San Fernando Rey de Espana

This is another in the series of weekday f/Stops photo excursions around the LA area. As always, it is designed to be an informal opportunity for photography as well as a chance to interact among our fellow photo enthusiasts.

Sometimes we forget that we have one of the famous original California missions right here in our backyard. It was originally founded in the 18th century and there aren't many buildings around Los Angeles that can say that. These days it's a working Catholic church so the grounds are very well kept.

It's a very pleasant place to be, the church interiors are very interesting, the buildings are in that old mission style, there is a fabulous colonnade on the exterior, peacocks strut around like they own the place and there are some nice angles outside the mission.

The photographic challenge will be to capture an image that hasn't been taken a million times before. Besides that, this should be a very low key Meet-Up. I hope the June gloom will not be too bad.


Some Info:

1. There is an entry fee of $4. (You get a map for a self-guided tour.)
2. There will be easy walking on level paths.

3. Tripods are allowed.
4. Go to to get driving instructions and other information. There is no official website for the Mission but this site has that info.
Contact me, John Grusd, via email at [masked] if you have any questions.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Good. I had not been there for fifty years.

    June 19, 2013

  • Bill D.

    Beautiful morning, nobody there. I spent more time indoors, the workshop, wine cellar, and other interesting craft rooms.

    June 19, 2013

  • John G.

    Beautiful day, no school groups (out for summer), no killer peacocks (donated to the zoo), flowers blooming, had the place pretty much to ourselves.

    June 19, 2013

  • Norma W.

    my new flooring is FINALLY going in tomorrow, so I need to be there. :(

    June 18, 2013

  • Kunal

    Sorry working weekdays.

    June 17, 2013

  • John G.

    Exactly!... I tell this story all of the time... A great Belgian professional cyclist named Eddy Merckx (Mercks) once famously answered a reporter's question, "How do you become a great cyclist?" Eddy said, "Ride lots!"... In other words, the more one rides the better one gets, the better their skills become and the more keenly their mind is tuned to the task... The same is true for photography. The more you use your camera the more adept you become in using it, the better trained your eye will be in recognizing compositions, etc, etc, etc... How do you become a great photographer? ... Photo lots!

    May 29, 2013

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