Peeking Over The Wall at Mission de San Juan Capistrano

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Hank Waxman on January 21, 2008

After the wedding that brought us to southern California, we did a little driving around. Among the things we came accross was the famous Mission (of the Swallows) of San Juan Capistrano.

My first shot was a quick lok over the wall to satisfy at least my curiosity.

On checking GE afterward, I found many beautiful shots both inside and outside the Mission, so I've deciced to record my stopover with a quick review of the story of the swallows.

From the Free Brochure: The miracle of the "Swallows" of Capistrano takes place each year at the Mission San Juan Capistano, on March 19th, St. Joseph's Day. Each year the "Scout Swallows" precede the main flock by a few days and it seems to be their chief duty to clear the way for the main flock to arrive at the "Old Mission" of Capistrano. With the arrival of early dawn on St. Joseph's Day, the little birds begin to arrive and begin rebuilding their mud nests, which are clinging to the ruins of the old stone church of San Juan Capistrano. The arches of the two story, high vaulted Chapel were left bare and exposed, as the roof collapsed during the earthquake of 1812. After the summer spent within the sheltered walls of the Old Mission in San Juan Capistrano, the swallows take flight again, and on the Day of San Juan, October 23, they leave after circling the Mission bidding farewell to the "JEWEL OF ALL MISSIONS" San Juan Capistrano, California.

Richard Ryer on January 21, 2008

Greetings Hank, Were you there for the swallows? Sounds like a wonderful story.



Hank Waxman on January 22, 2008

No I missed the swallows. Wouldn't that have been a kick.

Actually, I took these shots this past weekend. I wasn't clear about the date/time in my post.

Best regards,


Tom Lussier Photogra… on January 22, 2008

I envy your trip to a warm climate Hank. This mission looks amazing. And I really appreciate you adding the info about the swallows. It satisfies two of my interests...history and ornithology.

On a side note I noticed that your most recent images don't have any EXIF data attached. Have you changed your post processing? I'm always looking at what settings people use, etc. Anyway, I like this set of images you've posted and will be looking at them closer.

Regards, Tom

Hank Waxman on January 22, 2008

Greetings Tom. I envy the people who got to stay there longer than three days.

I'm glad you mentioned EXIF Data because I haven't figured out yet how to record and post that information yet. If you can help, it would be appreciated.

And thank you for your comments.


Tom Lussier Photogra… on January 23, 2008

Hey Hank. Still three days is three days. I'm sure you were happy for those.

As far as the EXIF data goes it could be a number of things. I went back through your images because I knew I'd seen it recorded in some of your shots. The first one I found with EXIF data was the "Prospect Park Zoo - Overview" shot. Maybe you are doing something different in your workflow now that is stripping this info.

Do you shoot in RAW? If so how do you process the NEF files and how are you saving the JPEG files you post? Are you using Nikon Capture? Photoshop will maintain the EXIF data as long as you have the ICC Profile box checked under Color: when you do a Save as. Also you can check if EXIF data is attached by going to File then File info... and changing the box at the top to EXIF.

Hope this helps. Tom

Hank Waxman on January 23, 2008

Thanks Tom for the help. I cannot explain why that day's photos carried the info to Panoramio.

I do not shoot RAW. I felt it took up too much memory, and I want to take a lesson to learn more about the camera. I'm sure it's smarter than I am.

I've been having some trouble with the camera. It seems temperamental. In the middleeries of shots, it just refuses to operate. It acts like what happens under low power, but if I turn it off for 20 minutes it must reboot and then its okay.

I must be hitting some buttom I'm not aware of, but it drives me crazy.

I use Paint Shop Pro, not Photoshop, but that can't be it because my method of copying the ifles to my computer never varies.

I'll try what you suggest, and let you know.

Thanks again.


Tom Lussier Photogra… on January 23, 2008

No problem Hank. I am happy to share what little knowledge this 53 year old brain of mine has soaked up.

What version of Paint Shop Pro are you using? I know there is a problem with certain versions saving EXIF data when files are duplicated. This may be what is happening.

As far as shooting in Raw goes I compare it to shooting negative film as opposed to Polaroid. Somewhat. Who knows when you'll get that one shot, possibly award winning, that you will want to enhance, blow up, or have published only to realize that it's not quite up to snuff because of the loss of data when shooting in jpeg. And as far as memory goes it is pretty cheap( 2gig cards are about $45). You can capture about 121 images with your 10 meg D200 on a 2gig card. When is the last time you captured 121 images in a day? Or set the D200 to capture both JPG and RAW to ease the transition.

Here is a link to Ken Rockwell's D200 page. He is really good explaining stuff that even I can understand. He doesn't shoot RAW but we all have our differences.

Regards, Tom

Hank Waxman on January 23, 2008

Thanks for the Ken Rockwell website. It's embarrassing when your camera is smarter than you are; and even moreso when they obsolete it almost as soon as you buy it.

I use Paint Shop Pro version 7 when I've now read has a problem with ESIF data. I've got some reading to do, and I'll keep you posted on my progress. Thanks for all your help.


Tom Lussier Photogra… on January 24, 2008

No problem Hank. I am happy to be of assistance and think about going "RAW". You won't regret it. The Nikon Capture NX($150)is great software that I highly recommend for Nikon RAW shooters. You can process NEF, TIFF or JPEG's with it. Very good software for the money. Check it out. I love it.

Have a great day, Tom

Hank Waxman on January 25, 2008

Thanks Tom. They gave me a 30 day trial when I bought the camera. Let me see if I can activate that and play with it a bit before investing.

It's more the time it takes to get familiar then the money. I'll keep you posted.


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