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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.

Come join me on my journey!

Route 66 Road Trip with Keith Skelton’s Workshop.

April 7 – 10th, 2016

Victorville, CA to Holbrook, AZ.

I had signed up for this workshop with Keith Skelton before I knew I’d be having a left hip replacement (2/23/16). I knew going on this workshop was probably not good for my rehab but emotionally wanted to go and did. I paid the price seated in the car for 10 hours sometimes. I drove in my own car in case I had to turn back home.

Walking to what I would have liked to photograph with the others when we stopped ended up being very painful. I’d drive up close to what I wanted to shoot eventually and photographed subjects from my car. Unfortunately I only brought my Leica with a 28 mm lens since I figured the 5d Mark III fitted with longer lenses would be too heavy for my hip replacement leg to endure.

I am glad I went on this trip even with all the pain I experienced. I met some wonderful people, enjoyed being with my friend JJ (Jim Keener), and always enjoy being around Keith. He is a great workshop leader.

And……here are some of the photos I shot.

http://www.californiaphotographyworkshops.com/Route_66.html

 

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Can you see the lightening?

 

 

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While waiting for the other attendees to finish shooting I sat in my car practicing focusing on the rain on the window with the intent of showing a blurred distant landscape in the background. Low and behold a train came by with me ready with the settings I wanted. Bingo!!! This is my fav!

 

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Keith is a foodie, as am I. He always knows the best places to eat.

 

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See Jim seated at a table?

 

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Escaped To San Jacinto Wildlife Refuge With Jen Late Yesterday Afternoon.

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Much Needed Time At The Salton Sea Yesterday! (1/30/16)

Jen and I decided last week that we needed to spend time experiencing the calm that comes when spending time photographing at the Salton Sea. I get lost in the beauty that somehow always reveals itself once I put myself in the mindset of singleness of purpose…..watching the birds. As I’ve said before….Everytime time I come away with a unique collection of photos that I couldn’t have predicted I’d get.

At home the previous night’s sunset was incredibly beautiful. I imagined Jen and I might have another beautifully colored sunset at the Salton Sea as a local storm was headed our way. We did not get clouds as I’d hoped and not much color. But I am happy with the photos I didn’t know I’d get earlier in the late afternoon. Not having expectations leaves me open to what is of interest to me at the moment.

I didn’t know head of time I’d only use the Canon Zoom EF 100-400mm 1:4-5-5.6 L IS II USM lens the entire shoot. But I did. Much of the time I was out at the 400 end. We arrived at the S.S. around 2:30pm so I had a little trouble knowing what exposures would work best. Lightroom in post processing helped me like some of the photos a little a bit more than how they looked straight out of camera.

 

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Palm Springs, CA. Gay Pride Parade Weekend – Photos.

I’m headed off to Sri Lanka on Friday, traveling as light as possible. To lighten my load to carry on only I am not bringing my Canon 5d Mark III photography equipment. Because I would never feel comfortable being anywhere with only one camera, I recently purchased two new lightweight cameras: the Ricoh GR II (28mm) and the Leica zoom (25-400mm – fixed lens).

 

The following photos were shot in B&W mode on the Ricoh GR II and edited in Lightroom in B&W.

I’m hoping I will become more knowledgeable with both cameras sooner than later. The Ricoh GR II is much easier to learn and use than the Leica. Many of the most used modes are featured as buttons right on the backside of the camera. The Ricoh also is so small it looks like a toy camera and I found the people I photographed up real close today didn’t feel as uncomfortable as when I use the Leica or the even bigger Canon (with the big lenses). It isn’t easy for me to get up close to people with wide angle lenses but I’m going to walk through my fear and move in to the 3 foot range and photograph people before they know what I’m doing so I hopefully catch moments and not poses.

Here are some first attempts at moving in closer. No one got mad.

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Lightning and Very Interesting Cloud Colors!!!

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The sprinklers and the sudden downpours soaked me, even using the umbrella to keep the moisture off my camera equipment.

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Our home.

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Yet Another I-10 Freeway Windmill Shoot.

 

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Walking up to shoot I thought about what stood out about photographing the windmills last night. I usually just get excited and start clicking away. I did that last night too. Then I walked on down the road and started to think about what perspective might render a different interesting look. Get closer to the fence. Look through your lens Linda. What about the fence shot do you like. After many attempts I decided I liked focusing on the barbed wire loop. Then I thought….try putting the setting sun (in star burst mode, of course….because I can) and see how that looks. Well here you have it. Slowing down and looking. Asking myself questions about what caught my eye and why. I just need to do this more and more.

 

Since Jen and I shoot the sunset at the windmills off the I-10 Freeway often finding new ways to shoot here is always on our minds.

Since Jen and I shoot the sunset at the windmills off the I-10 Freeway often finding new ways to shoot here is always on our minds.

 

Jen walking back to the dirt road off the I-10 Freeway windmills to shoot a different shot.

Jen walking back to the dirt road off the I-10 Freeway windmills to shoot a different shot.

 

Invariably my shots of Jen are always my favorite when I'm out shooting landscapes.

Invariably my shots of Jen are always my favorite when I’m out shooting landscapes.

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Pre-light, hot, humid morning…photos of what is beyond the dark sky.

View outside our backdoor taken while still dark at 5:30am this morning.

View outside our backdoor taken while still dark at 5:30am this morning.

 

Walking with the Canon 5d Mark III on a tripod I shot west north west over the 18th lake on the Arnold Palmer Course here at Mission Hills CC. Still dark at 5:42am. However the longer 8 sec exposure, at f/3.5, ISO 640 brought out what I couldn't see.

Walking with the Canon 5d Mark III on a tripod I shot west north west over the 18th lake on the Arnold Palmer Course here at Mission Hills CC. Still dark at 5:42am. However the longer 8 sec exposure, at f/3.5, ISO 640 brought out what I couldn’t see.

 

We'd had an incredible sunset last night with a weather system that came in. I set my alarm this morning knowing I was going out with my camera to see if the projected similar weather would bring an equally great sunrise. I noticed lots of clouds. The question was will the clouds allow the sun to do its magic. As you can see some color started at the horizon but the cloud cover stopped the sun from adding more color to the scene. 15 sec, at f/16, ISO 1250. Time: 6:05am. All photos taken with the Canon EF 16-35 L II USM lens.

We’d had an incredible sunset last night with a weather system that came in. I set my alarm this morning knowing I was going out with my camera to see if the projected similar weather would bring an equally great sunrise. I noticed lots of clouds. The question was will the clouds allow the sun to do its magic. As you can see some color started at the horizon but the cloud cover stopped the sun from adding more color to the scene. 15 sec, at f/16, ISO 1250. Time: 6:05am. All photos taken with the Canon EF 16-35 L II USM lens.

 

I rarely take verticals. 6:09am, 5 sec at f/16, ISO 640.

I rarely take verticals.
6:09am, 5 sec at f/16, ISO 640.

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Different Foregrounds On a Lake Mary Setting Sunset.

On my last night in Mammoth I braved the coldest day so far and arrived late (almost 6pm) at Lake Mary’s north shore and shot off this and the next shot before the sun set.

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Drove back across the Lake Mamie/Lake Mary bridge to Lake Mary’s south shore where I stayed until 8:00pm in the 40 degree cold night.

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Practiced shooting vertical camera movement to capture these trees.

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These remaining shots were all taken in the same direction but where I kept changing my foreground.

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Seeing Smaller In The Larger.

Last night’s practice spinning the camera lens while on a tripod set to shutter speeds around 15th to 20th sec.

In this first set of three photos, The first of the three photos is the smaller, zoomed in, version. The second photo is a little less zoomed in version. And the third photo is a larger version of what I first saw.

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Again, In this next set of three photos, The first of the three photos is the smaller, zoomed in, version. The second photo is a little less zoomed in version. And the third photo is a larger version of what I first saw.

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And with the next three photos, I am practicing more spinning the camera lens at slower speeds to get (hopefully) the center subject in focus. This is sooooo difficult for me to get the central figure in exact focus. I guess there are just too many variables that prevent sharp focus. But I keep trying.

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Lake Mary unknowing subject #1.

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Unknowing subject #2.

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Unknowing Lake Mary subject #3.

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A Tribute To Ray For Being A Willing Model AND Going To Bodie With Me!

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