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Linda JeffersIn a world of so many great photographers and writers, I am venturing into some unknown territories, leaving comfort zones, finally very willing to practice the art of seeing. By maintaining the practice of posting daily photos, I hope to continue learning about the possibilities that I trust are out there for the taking.

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A Spontaneous Photo Outing To The Salton Sea Last Night.

Yesterday the sky was filled with interesting clouds. I had just finished shooting a baby shower and wanted to shoot for myself. Jen was up for the 40 minute drive to the Salton Sea, with the hope that we’d get a phenomenal sunset. Driving in to the Salton Sea Recreational Park we were surprised to find we were the only people there except for two fisherman on the opposite side of the inlet, where we ended up parking. No people. Very few birds. And….a ever growing dense cloud cover that would prevent any kind of sunset color. Oh, it was 100 degrees, humid like sticky and wet even standing still. But we stayed. And we even stayed when we got out of the car only to be attacked by flies that covered all the moist parts of our bodies (which was everywhere). Swatting the flies didn’t work. We stayed, occasionally forgetting the irritating, sometime biting, flies by throwing myself into trying to find something of interest to shoot.
As evidenced by some of these photos I shot, photographs were there for the making.

The best photos came long after the sun set….when it looked dark and drab. But if the exposure is long enough, there is always light. And there was.

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Free Day Shooting The Streets Of NYC Following Steve Simon’s Workshop.

I’m home from having spent the most wonderful experience at the Steve Simon NYC Street Photography Workshop. Following Steve’s workshop Jen and I used our planned extra day to see MOMA, the Museum Of Modern Art, Central Park, before taking a bike driven buggy ride over to the 9th street area where after walking the streets, we had a wonderful Thai dinner at Yum Yum.
I shot over 8,000 photos in the 8 days. Below are a few of the photos I shot the day after the workshop. I am happy to report even I see a big difference in what I’ve captured. My mind has been opened to so many new thoughts and desires with so many new photographic ideas and plans. I feel excited again! I was getting a wee bit bored with what I was doing photographically. Like Frank says, “Oh, another sunset???”

I will be posting more of each day’s best photos from the workshop, hopefully sooner than later:-)
Re-entry ain’t easy!!!
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Here Is What’s Going On Here.

We could possibly have lightning tonight. Hoping so and ready for it. Looking west up int the San Jacinto Mountain Range.

We could possibly have lightning tonight. Hoping so and ready for it. Looking west up int the San Jacinto Mountain Range.

 

Having the 100- 400mm inside and ready and available works. Washing dishes, this guy just up and posed for me right outside on the BBQ. Nice.

Having the 100- 400mm inside and ready and available works. Washing dishes, this guy just up and posed for me right outside on the BBQ. Nice.

 

Called to sit outside and see what came my way, this little one happened.

Called to sit outside and see what came my way, this little one happened.

 

Looking for more hummingbirds in the grapefruit trees I couldn't resist. Rats or birds? hmmmm.

Looking for more hummingbirds in the grapefruit trees I couldn’t resist. Rats or birds? hmmmm.

Going Back To The Same Location….because I can.

Mounds of light.

Mounds of light.

 

This location on the Pete Dye GC has become my favorite post sunset location.

This location on the Pete Dye GC has become my favorite post sunset location.

 

Never have seen a zero in a cloud before.

Never have seen a zero in a cloud before.

 

Another nice location under the trees for silhouettes.

Another nice location under the trees for silhouettes.

 

Jen spotted these birds far away and flying from a different direction. We hoped they would end up flying into the west post setting sun sky and they did!

Jen spotted these birds far away and flying from a different direction. We hoped they would end up flying into the west post setting sun sky and they did!

 

And, here is our last night's full moon.

And, here is our last night’s full moon.

Sticking around for later color always provides.

Sticking around for later color always provides.

 

 

A Entertainment Right Out The Window.

Ray knows this lizard intimately as the lizard lives right out the window Ray sits by everyday for much of the day.

Ray knows this lizard intimately as the lizard lives right out the window Ray sits by everyday for much of the day.

 

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Golf Course Photography While Hubby Practices His Golf.

Late afternoon shadows and light make for simple, interesting shots.

Late afternoon shadows and light make for simple, interesting shots.

 

There wasn't much activity on this 100 degree day, so I was thankful to see and observe this flying bug.

There wasn’t much activity on this 100 degree day, so I was thankful to see and observe this flying bug.

 

Ray, "Spotter" noticed this hawk.

Ray, “Spotter” noticed this hawk.

 

I guess I got a little too close.

I guess I got a little too close.

 

The wind and light coupled with the color beyond got my attention.

The wind and light coupled with the color beyond got my attention.

 

Ray practicing while I looked around for shots.

Ray practicing while I looked around for shots.

 

Clouds and reflections....i love 'um.

Clouds and reflections….i love ‘um.

 

Ok, here is another.

Ok, here is another.

 

Without this great light most of these shots would be very bland and uninteresting.

Without this great light most of these shots would be very bland and uninteresting.

 

Action. I shoot 10 to get one.

Action. I shoot 10 to get one.

 

And there he is. I asked Ray to look back and he's got this great look down pat now.

And there he is. I asked Ray to look back and he’s got this great look down pat now.

 

Framing really makes a photo stand out more.

Framing really makes a photo stand out more.

 

Jen and I had such success with photos in this location, I thought Ray would look good there with a golf club in hand.

Jen and I had such success with photos in this location, I thought Ray would look good there with a golf club in hand.

So. CA. PCT Section photos – from Wrightwood to Soledad Cyn Road…April 3rd-9th.

Over the last 4 years Just Kidding, Happy Pants and I (Gottago) aka Melissa, Jen and Linda, have done an 8 day northbound section backpack on the PCT over the girl’s work vacations. We initially started at the Mexico/Ca border Monument and have backpacked to where we left off at Soledad Canyon Road this year.

I’ve done this section 3 times before but had forgotten how hard it was. Climbing Baden Powell on the second day was no easy feat carrying 5 day’s worth of supplies. We were not prepared for the ice on the trail 1/4 of a mile from the top of Baden Powell’s 9,000 plus foot mountain. Nor had we trained liked we had in the past. We wanted to go lighter but gave up gear and clothing weight rather than food weight (we all like our food and fear not having enough) so experienced some chilly days and nights. (I had forgotten we were doing this section 2-3 weeks earlier than I had in the past so it was colder!).

We always have a good time. We laugh a lot. But our 12 hour hiking days and 14 – 15 miles felt long and hard. Getting to a campsite at night is always the highlight of the day. We love taking photos and even not so great sunsets don’t stop us from getting our cameras out and shooting for a half hour or more.

Here are a few more photos (I posted some on FB already). I keep saying I’m going to start using my blog rather than posting on FB and hopefully I will.

 

An overview of the PCT section we hiked.

An overview of the PCT section we hiked.

The last day hiking toward Acton and Soledad Canyon Rd.

The last day hiking toward Acton and Soledad Canyon Rd.

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Happy Pants (Jen) and Just Kidding (Melissa).

Happy Pants (Jen) and Just Kidding (Melissa).

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Just Kidding (Melissa) hiking into the setting sun.

Just Kidding (Melissa) hiking into the setting sun.

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Look at the deer I found in an old tree stump.

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So many pictures and not enough time to see them all.

 

 

Frank’s Annual Holiday Party Video.

Click the link if you would like to see an Animoto Video Show of some pictures I took at Frank’s 5th Annual Holiday Party.
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All Salton Sea Photos From Last Weekend’s Photography Workshop.

If you have the time and interest, I’ve posted all my fav Salton Sea photos I shot last weekend here at this link: http://gottago.smugmug.com/Classes-Workshops/20141205-Salton-Sea-Keith-Skelto/

I’ve been sick with a cold since I returned from Keith’s California Photography Workshops at the Salton Sea. The upside of being sick is that I’ve spent the last two days completely going through the editing and posting of my favorite 88 photos! That’s a lot of keepers for me.
I can’t seem to stop going to the Salton Sea. I’m finding it is almost a sure bet I’ll come across some incredibly beautiful shots there. The beauty comes in all different forms, colors, shapes and sizes. I really never know what I’m going to shoot or what I anticipate seeing there. It is always different and a surprise! And I have come to realize I am never disappointed. So why not go back, right?
This past weekend even I surprised myself with how many varied shots I got. I’ve heard it said many times that if you get one good photo out of 500 that’s good. The more I shoot and the longer I shoot while I’m out there shooting, that percentage of good shots increases. I’m finally seeing my own progress, but not without the help of many friends, family and other photographers who have been very positively generous with their feedback on my photographs lately.
Enjoy and come on down to the Salton Sea with me sometime.

After dinner shoot on our way back home of some small town structures shot with shutter speeds slow enough to capture the car and truck headlights as they go through town.

After dinner shoot on our way back home of some small town structures shot with shutter speeds slow enough to capture the car and truck headlights as they go through town.

The Geothermal Plants make nice subjects in the morning and evening sunlight.

The Geothermal Plants make nice subjects in the morning and evening sunlight.

A quick trip to the Salton Sea Recreation Park at mid-day left us with few photo ops. This is not a high bird activity time as most of the migratory birds have gone south.

A quick trip to the Salton Sea Recreation Park at mid-day left us with few photo ops. This is not a high bird activity time as most of the migratory birds have gone south.

Salton Sea Photography Workshop Photos From This Morning’s Shoot.

I just got back this afternoon from a Salton Sea Workshop lead by Keith Skelton. I shot Thursday through Sunday and had a great time with the other photographers and also got some nice photos…..this is always a good thing!

I edited about 29 photos from today’s shoot and posted them all on my Smugmug Portfolio site. If you are interested in taking a peek, here is the link: http://gottago.smugmug.com/Classes-Workshops/20141205-Salton-Sea-Keith-Skelto/

Here is a teaser……

Arrived at the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge at 5:40am and we 11 photographers  all quietly waited for the action.

Arrived at the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge at 5:40am and we 11 photographers all quietly waited for the action.