After an early morning hike, getting old family pictures ready to be scanned, breakfast, we went to Manhattan’s Deli for lunch. I entertained myself while waiting for our order by taking some family photos.
Leila and Dennis at Manhattan’s Deli in Palm Springs, CA.
Walid and Ginny.
And me….photo taken by Leila.
Following lunch we went to check out the Marilyn Monroe statue, now on loan for the year, in Palm Springs. Next stop… Jensen’s Market to pick up the 6 live lobsters we’d ordered for the full course New Year’s dinner Ginny, Leila and Dennis planned for us all. With the live lobsters in the back of the car we stopped on the way home and checked out some RV’s….Ginny had never been inside one before.
The afternoon plan to go to Salton Sea never happened. Back home, Gin and Lee sat outside and talked some more…they like talking….I picked up my camera…….I like picking up my camera!
Preparation for dinner started around 7pm. I got my camera out as I wanted to shoot the poor lobsters.
Dennis and sister Leila.
Walid and sister Ginny.
Ray and me.
Tomorrow is going to be the first day I get back eating right again. No sugar, no white flour…..eating mostly Paleo!
Jen joined us on our family Bump & Grind hike this morning.
Jen took this photo of us.
Each year someone Xmas decorates a bush on the Bump & Grind.
For those who don’t know this is the top of the Bump & Grind. This is the first time I’ve hiked to the top since this trail has been closed to hikers to protect the supposedly breeding Big Horn sheep.
Lee and Gin on a morning Rimrock Shopping Center hike.
Next on our agenda, mani and pedi.
Late afternoon walk around the block.
Had an external flash on camera.
Brother-in-law Dennis and sister Leila.
Brother-in-law Walid and sister Ginny.
Walid, Gin, Lee and Dennis hamming it up.
The Sisters! Gin, Lee and Linda
Our mates, Walid, Dennis and Ray.
Me and hubby.
Ray heading into Palm Springs Airport.
Brother-in-law Dennis and sister Leila arrive at the PS Airport first.
Leila, Ray and I waiting for my other brother-in-law Walid and sister Ginny to arrive.
Walid and Ginny.
Four minutes into our hike we set this shot up while facing west and catching the last remaining moon light before the moon dipped behind San Jacinto Peak. Look at all the light on the trail from the moon!
We carried a tripod on our hike this morning. I also brought the remote cable setup so Jan and I can both be in the shot at the same time. Playing!
Ok, I WAS supposed to be in this shot too. We tried getting the remote to fire. I tried everything to get that sucker working. I eventually gave up, started dissembling the camera/tripod setup and low and behold the problem revealed itself. The cable from the remote had become unplugged from the camera sync port! Duh. This happened before, early this week, when using Pocket Wizards….the cable then had also come unplugged through rough handling. Jen says that it takes 3 times to learn something. Hmmmm. Wonder what the third frustrating “it’s not working” moment will be.
Reality (not) shot take two.
These sunrays got me outside tonight.
Sun setting rays over San Jacinto tonight.
Having time on our morning hikes when there is good light and color is such a treat. Jen and I both enjoyed our hike/photography outing on this cool, feels like New Year’s Day, morning.
Poor attempt at light writing on our hike.
Sunrise turned into b and w.
Our 50 minute hike turned into a 3 hour photo shoot!
Happy New Year!!!
Cloud filtered great morning light.
Ray surprised me when he offered to take me to the Salton Sea yesterday afternoon for my birthday. We arrived around 3pm and stayed until about 6pm. Because I find myself wanting to keep going back to the Salton Sea, I’ve started uploading some of the keepers to a Gallery in the Portfolio section of my website. Click here to see more of these keepers from the trips to the Salton Sea I took this past week. If you do go to view the other photos, click on the Slideshow Tab above where the individual photos are displayed for better viewing.
The curved water look around the Pelican happened when in Lightroom, aftering using Dfine 2.0 noise reduction software, I applied the camera lens profile correction. I liked the look and left the water looking distorted and curved.
I got some great photos of Ray.
Backlighting shot of Ray I might use for a photo assignment.
Tried some bounced on-camera flash with this hummingbird.
Ray is getting used to me testing flash exposures on him since I keep the shooting time under 1 minute! He also knows there is a strong likelihood his photo will end up on my blog consequently he is learning to pose for me:-) Isn’t he handsome.