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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!

Food For Thought…..

I happened to go to Zach Arias’ blog a couple of days ago. I watched this video and read his blog post, (both on January 18, 2013). Four years ago while reading Scott Kelby’s “Guest Blog Wednesday” was the first time I’d heard of Zach. In 2009, as the guest blogger, Zach blogged a video, not written text to express what words wouldn’t do justice. Both of Zach’s messages, the recent 2013 video and blog and the 2009 video carried messages I needed to hear at the time. Both messages got me thinking.

I am now questioning my motives for posting daily on this blog and FB. I wish I had more to say other than what Zach talked about in his video, but I don’t. Until I have some answers to unformed questions I won’t be blogging daily as I had committed to do when I first started this blog September 2007.

What I do know is I want more time to find my way with who I am as a photographer and where I want to go with my love of photography.

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Change In Weather Makes For A Fun Hike.

Jen on Bump & Grind trail. Much fog this morning.

Jen on Bump & Grind trail. Much fog this morning.

Reaching the turn-around-point on the Bump & Grind. Wonder when they will be letting hikers go beyond this fence to the top.

Reaching the turn-around-point on the Bump & Grind. Wonder when they will be letting hikers go beyond this fence to the top.

Mike, Jen and Brittany.

Mike, Jen and Brittany.

Brittany, Mike and Jen were willing, happy models this morning.

Brittany, Mike and Jen were willing, happy models this morning.

Mike, Brittany and Jen nearing the end of a very fun hike. Great group!!!

Mike, Brittany and Jen nearing the end of a very fun hike. Great group!!!

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High Hopes Dashed.

Hoping for more color, but happy to have been outside.

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Very Light Rain This Morning.

Arrived early for our Friday hike and shot reflections in the parking lot, until someone in Von's asked what I was doing.

Arrived early for our Friday hike and shot reflections shots in the parking lot, until someone in Von’s asked what I was doing.

The pre-light sky was more interesting than later in the hike.

The pre-light sky was more interesting than later in the hike.

Jen shooting.

Jen shooting.

Brittany (posting her FB photo) and Ryland.

Brittany (posting her FB photo) and Ryland.

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Hopefully Tomorrow Morning’s Light Will Match Wednesday’s.

ISO 3200, f/2.8, 45th sec recorded the beginning light.

ISO 3200, f/2.8, 45th sec recorded the beginning light.

Jen jumps higher on colorful sunrise mornings:-)

Jen jumps higher on colorful sunrise mornings:-)

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Leaving the parking lot around 7am.

Leaving the parking lot around 7am.

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I Waited; It Came.

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Day 2 On The Bump & Grind.

I’ve surrendered, again….. to eating clean foods. No sugar, no flour, no legumes, no processed foods in essence. This is day two of eating mostly Paleo. It’s also the second day I hiked the Bump & Grind.

A couple of months ago I ate clean for a month. I felt incredible. I wasn’t bloated, I wasn’t constantly hungry and thinking of the next thing I could put in mouth, I felt calm, I was kind, I felt energized and in really good spirits all the time. I lost weight.

I gained weight since I went off the Paleo food plan. The scale registers the highest number I have ever seen on my scale. 146.8! My clothes are tight. Finding clothes to wear is more difficult. My attitude about dressing and going out is not good. An ok weight for me is 141 or 142. So the weight gain isn’t that much but how that weight gain affects my attitude is enormous.

I want to get back to feeling good again. So Jen and I have decided to take on the mighty Paleo food plan together with some exceptions. My exceptions are: I can eat brown rice tortillas, mayo and butter.

In order to help me stay on track I accepted the challenge of each week I go off Paleo eating I owe Jen $50. And she me if she goes off. I don’t want to have to give Jen $50. I mean I REALLY don’t want to have to give Jen $50. I am honest. So if I go off the food plan I WILL have to give Jen $50. I think this might work.

Wish me luck.

First rays of sunlight on this desert bush. Plus some Nik HDR Pro 2!

First rays of sunlight on this desert bush. Plus some Nik HDR Pro 2!

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Bump & Grind Hiker.

Mary Kay knows Jen and I bring our cameras when we all hike. She knows she’ll be asked to model for us.
We weren’t disappointed!

Mary Kay on our hike late this afternoon.

Mary Kay on our hike late this afternoon.

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Ray’s Surgery Tomorrow.

We just got word today that Ray’s two hour back surgery is going to happen tomorrow. He is having a laminotomy of the L1, L2, L3 and L4 vertebrae in the Marina del Rey. We come home Wednesday.

He has instructions to do no bending, lifting or twisting. His rehab doesn’t even start for 2 months. And the worst part…..He can’t pick up a golf club for 4 months!

Ray at the Salton Sea a few weeks ago.

Ray at the Salton Sea a few weeks ago.

I apologized to the MHCC hiking club I lead hikes for letting them know I wouldn’t be leading the hike this Saturday letting them know about Ray’s surgery and recovery. One of the hikers responded with the following encouraging email:

Linda
Just responding to give you some encouraging news. My husband, Barry recently had very delicate surgery on C4, 5 and 6 where they cut through the vertebrae to the spinal cord, on one side and on the other, cut a “V” which would allow each vertebrae to be opened and pinned open with a titanium spacer. Cutting up to, but not touching the spinal cord, was the challenge. His surgery lasted 6 hours. Unsuccessful surgery would have meant he would be a quadriplegic. His recovery was to have taken four months.
After much worry, his surgery was most successful and his recovery took only a fraction of the predicted period. He is back skiing, motorcycling and golfing.
They have such sophisticated equipment and competent doctors nowadays, the risks have been minimized significantly.
Not to say that your husband’s surgery is not serious but do want to encourage you by Barry’s experience. Hang in there, Linda. All the best of luck!
Shirley

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Ran Out For This Color At 5:10 pm.

Canon 5D Mark III
24-70mm 2.8 L lens
ISO 640, focal length 24mm – for all five shots

On the last 3 photos I used auto exposure bracketing (5 shots at a time) with the exposures ranging from -2 to +2 (The -2 shot was really dark, the -1 shot a little less dark, a 0 shot, and then a much lighter +1 shot and really over exposed +2 shot). I did this so I would have some photos light enough that when all were merged together I could see detail in the darker areas of the photo. (But in Lightroom I realized I couldn’t use the bracketed shots merged together because (duh) some of the bracketed exposures were too slow (like 15 seconds) and that length of time caused blurring in the moon, clouds and water!)
Some of the photos below, I just chose the best of each of the 5 photos and edited that one to get what I’ve posted.

This was the color that got me out the door. The remaining shots were taken over the next 20 minutes. 1/60 sec at f/6.7

This was the color that got me out the door. The remaining shots were taken over the next 20 minutes.

This is a nine shot photomerged pano of the sunset tonight. The San Jacinto Range was bathed in red color for a while. This wasn't the peak color either. All 9 photos shot at 1/60sec at f/6.7.

This is a nine shot photomerged pano of the sunset tonight. The San Jacinto Range was bathed in red color for a while. This wasn’t the peak color either.

This shot faces more northwest than the previous west shot. The light part on the right hand side is where the I-10 passes through San Gorgonio Pass. 4. sec at f6.7.

This shot faces more northwest than the previous west shot. The light part on the right hand side is where the I-10 passes through San Gorgonio Pass.

I included this shot because the water smoothed out with the 15 second exposure.

I included this shot because the water smoothed out with the long exposure. 15 sec at f/8.0.

Then I had to see what the night sky looked like in black and white.

Then I had to see what the night sky looked like in black and white.

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