Mission Santa Barbara also known as “Queen of the Missions for its graceful beauty.”
Image by kevincole
Mission Santa Barbara Also known as "Queen of the Missions for its graceful beauty." Was founded December 4th, 1786, and was number ten of the 21 Franciscan missions throughout California.It was established by Padre Fermin Francisco de Lasuen. Padre Antonio Paterna was the first of many Padre’s in charge, but the first to begin building the mission.
This view is of the front of the original mission church. Notice the paintings on either side, they are the largest in all California Missions and date back approximately 200 years. If you look on the floor in the front you will see two stone plaques on the floor, these stone plaques bear the names of the early missionaries and laymen buried in a crypt below the floor.
Taken with Canon 1D Mark III w/16-35mm f/2.8L on a Gitzo GT5531S carbon fiber tripod and RRS BH-55 ballhead. Because of the wide range in tonality I made seven images 1-stop steps and processed with Photomatix and finished in CS4 Extended.