May 9, 2009

Sunday Stills - Black & White Photography

The Challenge of the Week is Black and White
using two subjects from past Challenges.
Subject One
Animal Husbandry

How great is this ...
Royal is black and white!

He is the love of my life ...

... a big boy, but so very polite.

... his kindness shows
in the softness of his eye.

Always with us, he is such
a wonderful part of our lives.

Subject Two
Religious Architecture

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Believed to be the oldest church
still standing in California,
Mission San Juan Capistrano was
more than two hundred years ago

It is the 7th of 21 missions statewide.

Known as the “Jewel of the Missions"
it is also home to the Swallows
that return to nest
in March of every year.

Located in Southern California very near the Pacific Ocean,
Mission San Juan Capistrano is a place of beauty and tranquillity,

and a wonderful place for
a camera!
Be sure to check out Sunday Stills
for other black and white challenge photos
posted by my camera friends.


  1. Very nice!! Hava great mom's day..:-)

  2. Beautiful photos! I love the one of Royal's eye and the other of him hanging with your husband... those are excellent!

    The mission is just gorgeous. My mom is actually doing a water color painting of one of the photos you took (well, one of the angles of the arches) -- she's been working on it for a few years now and I hope to inherit it. ;)

    Happy mother's day!

  3. Thank you for stopping by my blog! I am sure happy you did because it lead me here and I just LOVE your photos. My favorite horsey one is of the man, dog and horse... I love that it seems like it has a story.

    The photos of the mission, especially the one with the pillars on the seems to stretch on forever.


  4. The mission is just beautiful. Such an interesting piece of history. Great photos.

    Royal is just a majestic horse with a big heart. So glad he his doing well.

    Happy mother's day.

  5. Happy Mother's Day great pictures and I enjoyed reading about Little Joey.

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  7. I love the photo of Royal with your hubby and dog.

    Happy Mom's Day!

  8. Wonderful wonderful!
    Simply that!
    Xo for mother's day!

  9. The horse pics are lovely of course (how could they not be) but the architecture shots really stand out. Great subject for black and white conversion.

  10. he's a stunning horse(!)
    i loveeee the macro eye shot, perfection, he looks so innocent & gentle <3

  11. Very nice! I love the last shot of

  12. Fantastic shots! The horse reading the paper is great!

  13. Both subjects were great. Love the church. It looks like it was meant to be photographed in B&W.

  14. Beautiful! I especially love the horse in the aisleway.

  15. Very Nice shots! I love the first one the most! :D

  16. Interesting. I mentioned today that mission and my picture of the bells there many, many years ago. All of your shots are wonderful. Every single one.

  17. Beautiful shots. I love that mission. Makes a perfect B&W opportunity.

  18. What a beautiful horse! And I loved the mission shots. We were at San Juan Capistrano many years ago. :)

  19. Wow! Those are ALL stunning! I thought I was going to be biased to the horse shots, but the architectures ones are absolutely beautiful too! GREAT job!

  20. Excellent captured both subjects so well! :)

  21. Beautiful shots!
    Is Royal part/all draft horse?

    I'd really love to visit San Juan Capistrano when the swallows return. I get all excited when my chimney swifts return year after year.

  22. Aaargh, my computer is acting up, not sure if my previous comment got through - but I enjoyed seeing your collection again.
    The horse glancing at the paper makes me laugh each time I see it!

  23. Very nice shots. I think I built this mission out of sugar cubes for a class project as a kid!

  24. Very nice. I'm torn between the "eyeball" shot and the man, dog and horse together. Your mission scenes are excellent too.

  25. The architecture photos are just well as the eye (sneaky Ed made that next week's challenge!)

  26. Love the glassy eye, beautiful!

  27. Wow! These are all beautiful! The "horse eye" pic is definitely one of the best I've seen! I also loved the dog, horse, man. A lot of feeling in that photo. All of these are really excellent, though!

  28. HI, I really liked that first photograph, he is a stunning horse, and this photograph is perfect! :)

  29. Ah, I see the TW in him now.
    My best friend had two of them. She had to sell them for health reasons, but they were a JOY to ride!!
    Your boy is one handsome guy!

  30. BEAUTIFUL! I'm partial to horses (included mine this week too! how could I not! Your horse pics were great! Love the eye...great for this weeks coming up!

  31. Beautiful photos!

  32. Wow! Somehow I missed these on Sunday. I love the photo of boy's eye. You are right, the kindness of his spirit shines through. Also love the Mission - brings back memories of doing missions in 4th grade, decades ago. Funny thing is, kids still do missions in 4th grade.

  33. Great shots!! I love your horse's star!! Simply beautiful!! And the eye picture, very nice!! Beautifully done. And I could so see some wedding pictures taken at that mission!!

  34. I just got a new camera -- you inspire me. Wish I knew how to use it.

    Beautiful photos. Royal is just right in black and white. His eye photo is beautiful.

    Haven't tried black and white. Will put that on my list of camera experiments to do.

  35. Wonderful photos of the missions. I hope that someday I am able to get down that way to see some of that history in person.


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