Picture: Historic San Ramon Chapel (est. 1875) along Foxen Canyon Road, Santa Barbara County, California
I announced in my recent Summer 2009 Newsletter that I have posted several new image galleries on my web site featuring Santa Barbara, California.
I split the coverage into two galleries; One for the Santa Barbara Coast, including Stearn Wharf, and the other for the Inland areas, including the Wine Country regions of Santa Ynez, Los Olivos, and Solvang.
The photo above is one of my favorites, in that I remember the first time driving down Foxen Canyon Road, you come around a corner, and you’re greeted by the sight of this quaint and rustic old chapel. I really liked this statue of the Virgin Mary that was near a small graveyard, but I wasn’t able to get a shot with the front of the statue and the chapel in the same frame. I really wanted both elements, so I realized the only way to do that was to sacrifice my desire to get the front of the statue. That allowed me the freedom to cirlce around to the back of the statue and frame up this scene. I feel that this gave the same comforting and spiritual feeling that I had when looking at the front of the statue with arms held out in front of the graveyard headstones.
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