Planning Trumps Prayers

The rear of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Last week's theme was Churches/Houses of Worship at The Patch, the photo challenge I help curate on Google+. And this week, I didn't plan properly and my photos suffered for it.

Anyone that knows San Diego has seen the Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints that looms over the 5 freeway. This was my go-to spot. Putting aside the boring, cloudless sky, the complex wasn't open before sunrise. I was left with a choice - abandon it completely or shoot the back of the building through a guardrail (and with occasional sideways glances from the groundskeepers). I chose the latter, and basically walked away with a picture of a church's butt.

Pardon me, Father, can I set up my tripod?

Pardon me, Father, can I set up my tripod?

While I waited for the sun to rise, I Googled other churches in the area. There were several prospects. A historic church in San Diego's Old Town and Immaculata Parish, a gothic-style church. The hastily derived plan became visit these churches after the sun was up and take interior shots. Then it dawned on me (no pun intended) ... it's Sunday morning. That means lots of masses. I didn't feel comfortable taking photos from the back of a church while a service is in session. I'm not a religious person, but I'm not rude either.

In the end, I came away with nothing I was happy with. This is what happens when you don't plan.

Immaculata Parish ... interior photos I've seen are gorgeous (need to return on any day but Sunday)