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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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What Caught My Interest While Walking Lake Mamie.

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Lake Mamie.

Fished out from Bridge over Lake Mary.

Fished out from Bridge over Lake Mary.

This young lady said, "...and we were just about to leave"

This young lady said, “…and we were just about to leave”

Beautiful little girl looking at barking dog.

Beautiful little girl looking at barking dog.

Barking (blind?) dog in parking lot where people were fishing on the east bank of Lake Mamie.

Barking (blind?) dog in parking lot where people were fishing on the east bank of Lake Mamie.

Why do people do this? Bleeding tree.

Why do people do this? Bleeding tree.

Ray didn't think he'd make it around Lake Mamie but did!!

Ray didn’t think he’d make it around Lake Mamie but did!!

Went out to test some Star apps, some good places to shoot night Milky Way and other night shots around Mammoth.

Went out to test some Star apps, some good places to shoot night Milky Way and other night shots around Mammoth. Mammoth city lights, even though most were asleep, are strong.

 

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See the Adromeda Gallaxy in the photo? My friend Erika, called my attention to it. I didn’t even know what this Gallaxy was until she shared a similar link: http://earthsky.org/clusters-nebulae-galaxies/andromeda-galaxy-closest-spiral-to-milky-way

 

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See my car? That’s hwy 395 beyond. Scouting for places when it’s dark isn’t the best idea. I pulled off on a dirt road I’d not been on before and was afraid to go in far enough to avoid the light interference, so rather than fight it, included it.

 

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Windmills And A Sunset.

Even though I really didn’t have the time to shoot tonight….I just knew I needed to get out with my camera. Weather forecasters had mentioned late afternoon clouds earlier in the day. So Jen and I planned an outing following a quick dinner at Panera.

The first stop was closeby….on Dinah Shore. We stopped where we could park and shot the sand dunes along the roadside until the sun dropped below the San Jacinto mountains. Then we hopped in our cars headed for Indian Cyn Rd, 10 minutes west. Getting off at this exit we crossed back over the I-10 Freeway and turned left on the major street that parallels the I-10, heading west about a mile. Actually we should have left the sand dunes 10 minutes earlier.

It was exciting to finally have some clouds and color in the sky.

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A Spontaneous Visit To Pappy and Harriett’s Last Night.

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Meet the musician’s in the band, “Slam Dunk”.

 

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Walked outside for a little street photography:-).

 

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Out For A Day Somewhere New: SJ Wildlife Rec. Area, and Night Shooting on Hwy 74.

Jen and I went out to The San Jacinto Wildlife Recreational Area yesterday based on a friend’s recommendation. July really isn’t the perfect time to go there as most of the ponds are depleted of their water, yet we still found much to shoot. Can’t wait to go back in September and October and then again in Spring when the wildflowers abound.

Before we arrived at the Wildlife Area, on the Romona Expressway, just a few miles before reaching Davis Rd., we found some water and birds to photograph.

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Starting here are photos shot at the SJ Wildlife Area…..

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Shooting as the cars are headed down and up Hwy 74 in Palm Desert, CA. It was a balmy night and even though we were tired we enjoyed the meditative couple of hours depressing our cable releases and hoping we’d get the white head lights and red tail lights in each shot. When this happens, that the timing is just right, it feels the same as when you catch a fish or win a jack pot. Luck does have something to do with the success of a photo!

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July 4, 2015 Fireworks Shot With and Without Zooming The Lens.

Monterey Country Club, Palm Desert, CA

Thanks Matt for letting me use the Monterey Country Club to shoot the Palm Desert fireworks. The last (16th) photo was shot 5 minutes after the fireworks ended. Many of the photos were shot while I zoomed the Canon 70-200mm lens.

I know JJ likes to know the equipment and camera settings:
Canon 5d Mark III (two bodies); one body fitted with the Canon EF 70-200mm 1:2.8 L IS II USM lens, and the other Canon 5d Mark III fitted with the Canon Zoom Lens EF 16-35mm 1:2.8 L II USM.
I was in manual focus set at infinity.
I was in bulb mode.
I used a shutter cable release.
Settings didn’t change. I was at ISO 200; f/5.6 for a few and f/8 for most.
Focal length was typically between 70-100+.
When used zooming was one direction (not back and forth) and slowly.
Bulb time was a guessing game depending on how white and bright the fireworks were. Sometimes a second and sometimes longer up to 3 seconds or so.

I started shooting the fireworks with the 70-200mm lens but feared I was to zoomed at 70mm and after 10 shots switched to the 16-35 camera/lens. But I felt too far away from the fireworks and switched back to the 70-200mm. I really wanted to get some good firework shots before all the smoke accumulated, but missed the mark using that initial shooting time changing camera and lenses.

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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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