Mission San Gabriel

Celeste Mookherjee

Long Beach, United States

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This image is from a Christmas season visit to Mission San Gabriel, which was the fourth of twenty-one missions founded in California, USA (mostly in the late 1700s to early 1800s). This is the original church, although parts of it were restored after the 1812 earthquake. Further restoration was undertaken in 1993. The sacristy in the distance is the best preserved portion of the original church: walls, floor and vaulted ceiling are original.

I was fascinated by the glow of the devotional candles, which sit in front of a statue of the Virgin Mary holding Jesus after his death on the cross. After photographing the candles and the sacristy separately, I came back after a couple of hours and decided to combine the two elements in a single wide-angle image. This is the result, and I hope you like it! (Olympus E-510 & Zuiko 9-18mm zoom at 18mm, f/5.6, 1/10 sec, handheld – an impossible shot without image stabilization, unless using a tripod, of course)

Top 10 in “V is for Votive Candle" challenge in Alphabet Soup group (September 2015)
Top 10 in “Inside a Church” challenge in Low Light Photography group (August 2015)

Featured in Alphabet Soup (11 September 2015)
Featured in Low Light Photography (23 April 2014)

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