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Mission San Xavier del Bac

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scan from a 35mm negative

I have visited Mission San Xavier del Bac many times. I truly consider it to be one of the most beautiful places I've been. Considered to be the "White Dove of the Desert", the mission was built between 1783-1797.

These pictures were taken about 7:30am on New Year's Eve 1996. I was the only person there and was able to get amazing photos with no people or cars in them. Plus, I went to Mass and one of the Tohono O'odham people took me into areas that you aren't allowed to visit as a regular tourist.

For more information visit: www.sanxaviermission.org

Mission San Xavier del Bac
Tucson, Arizona

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Retouched by :iconherzeleid411:

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:icondesigndiva3: in El jardin de reflejos y suenos [link] :iconmarkarandjus: in Operation Sunday
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designdiva3 Digital Artist
Used your stock here Thank you so much [link]
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rblokkerProfessional General Artist
Definately a nice building... Pitty that it is a bit grainy. is it a scan from a picture? if so did you enhance it in PS?
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rifka1Hobbyist Photographer
This is actually a scan from a negative. The photo shop that it was taken to decided to auto-color correct every photo I took. This caused them to be very pale and incorrect in color. So, my boyfriend did adjust the colors to match the original print. I was so impatient about putting this one up that I didn't let him adjust the sharpness. Turns out that in computer screen size they don't look as good as they did in small print size...I'll resubmit this when he gets around to adjusting it.

My new camera takes better pictures...but some of the places I've been before said camera are really awesome. I have about 15 photos relating to San Xavier, but not all of them were scanned yet. I wish they had been as I would have liked to submit them all together.

Thanks for the favorite even if the quality isn't amazing.
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rblokkerProfessional General Artist
Thanks for the explanation. On that.

I faved it because I think the structure looks pretty cool. And it wa sa nice pic even though the quality might not be top notch
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rifka1Hobbyist Photographer
I have a number of other photos of this mission that are not online. My college art history teacher made copies of them and showed them to us in class. She used them to study Baroque (?) art. I don't recall the exact time period. During one of my visits in the late 90's the paintings were being restored by the same team of artists/restorers that had just finished the Sistine Chapel. I found this so fascinating that they would come to a little mission in the States. I suppose the number of people who are trained at restoring art from the 1600's is pretty small, but it was still super neat. I haven't been back since the restoration was completed. I would be very curious to see what it looks like.

Thanks for the fave even without the best quality.