Since I first saw them, I have enjoyed visiting California missions and seeing their architecture. We drove down to Southern California for the Christmas weekend and I took the opportunity to visit two of the missions while we were there. I have been a 50mm prime shooter for a while, but decided to take my relatively recently acquired O17/1.8 as the prime companion for my travel kit of E-M10 + O14-150II + O9-18. I really attempted to capture the symmetry of the architecture, but didn't always do it as well as I could Mission Santa Barbara (taken the day before Christmas). The Church is still active and was decorated for Christmas and prepared for the mass later in the day. 1. Mission façade (cheatingly taken with the O9-18 at 9mm). This is mostly how the mission has looked since 1820, though the bell tower to the left was added after the initial construction. 2. Chapel front door 3. Church sanctuary 4. The sun was lined up with the front door and looking down the pews from the sanctuary gave a warm glow to the whole interior. 5. Door from the cemetery to the church. The skulls and bones are apparently real and were used in Spanish churches to mark the cemetery. 6. Australian fig tree in the cemetery. The tree was planted in the 1890s and is really impressive. Tried to capture a sense of its magnificent canopy. 7. One of the original mission bells (now cracked) decorated for Christmas. 8. Window inside the courtyard Images from Mission San Diego de Alcala in next post.