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Big triumph for me today!! I had been trying to shoot using the manual controls rather than the automatic setting but something setting I'd selected on my camera was limiting the shutter speed to one second or greater. Now I don't know how I got it out of this mode but today I used the manual settings.

Now I know why I kept getting comments about a blown out sky. It's still a little over-exposed but it's nothing compared to the automatic setting. If I can, I'll post it auto setting in the workshop.

I found the shutter speed of 1/250 way too dark.
PP: selectivly adjust levels on the fountain and the tree trunk in the foreground.

This is the taken in the courtyard of the first of the California Missions. According to http://www.californiamissions.com/cahistory/sandiego.html ; Father Serra established Mission San Diego de Alcalá which was to be the first of the famous California missions. The Indians, however, were slow in accepting the blessings offered. They approached the strangers with extreme caution at first, then later wandered about the new settlement stealing whatever they found the chance to carry away. Father Serra considered the loss of a few trinkets a small price to pay for the friendship of the natives, but the Spanish soldiers were resentful. When it appeared the Indians were approaching to steal in force, they were fired upon and quickly scattered by the soldiers. Naturally any conversions were thus considerably delayed.
Eventually the mission was moved six miles inland to separate mission and presidio. A later Indian attack, which could easily have been repulsed by the soldiers, destroyed the buildings, and killed a priest and two workmen. Then the mission was moved back to the presidio. But, that arrangement was no more satisfactory the second time than the first time, and the inland site became the final location of the San Diego Mission. The church of today was not completed until 1813.
During the next 54 years the Spanish padres established a chain of 21 missions to the California Indians which stretched along the coast for 600 miles from San Diego to Sonoma, north of San Francisco Bay. Originally the San Diego Mission and the Spanish presidio, or fort, were located on the hill above Old Town San Diego, but the mission was soon moved to its present location five miles up the San Diego River.

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