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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!

Best Lake Morena Early Morning Shots.

To see more early morning Lake Morena shots I shot click here.

April 27, 2013 Early morning fog over Lake Morena at Lake Morena Campgrand, 20 miles north of the Mexican/CA border.

April 27, 2013 Early morning fog over Lake Morena at Lake Morena Campgrand, 20 miles north of the Mexican/CA border.

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Another Willing Model.

I asked Yogi to back up the car so I could shoot this little guy posing so patiently on a road side rock as we drove in Joshua Tree.

I asked Yogi to back up the car so I could shoot this little guy posing so patiently on a road side rock as we drove in Joshua Tree.

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Yogi And Matt In Joshua Tree Today.

Yogi and her boyfriend Matt have been staying here until they leave tomorrow for the ADZPCTKO annual backpacking event this weekend at the Lake Morena Campground, located on the PCT, 20 miles north of the Mexican border. I’ll be headed down on Thursday, and Melissa and Jen arrive on Friday, late afternoon.

Here is a photo of this year’s Class of 2013 PCT bandanas.

I’ve known Yogi since April of 2002 when I met her at the beginning of our thru-hikes that year. I’ve never known Yogi to have a boyfriend. She’s waited for the right one…..And….she found the right one in Matt when they met, Yogi’s 3rd day doing a thru-hike, on the AT.

Yogi!

Yogi!

Matt!

Matt!

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Captured Only One Meteor From The Lyrid Meteor Shower.

This link describes the Lyrid Meteor Shower.

Cropped view of one of the Lyrid Meteors 4am this morning from photo below.

Zoomed in view of one of the Lyrid Meteors 4am this morning.

Lyrid Meteor Show Monday, April 22, 2013.

Lyrid Meteor Shower, Monday, April 22, 2013, viewed from the Mission Hills CC in Rancho Mirage, CA.

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Making Finishing the NYIP course A Priority!

From two to six today Jen and I finally got back to practicing Unit 4 in our 6 Unit NYIP Course. There are 5 or 6 Lessons in this Unit and for this assignment we were practicing north facing window light coupled with a reflector on the shady side. We added the Westcott Apollo Orb softbox (above camera) and liked the lighting best.

5d Mark III
85mm L 1.2 lens USM
ISO 100
f/1.8
1/200th sec

North facing window light on Jen's right side. Second light source - a reflector just off Jen's left elbow. Forty three" Apollo Orb above camera. (Wescott's octagonal softbox...it doesn't require an adapter ring!.)

North facing window light on Jen’s right side. Second light source – a reflector just off Jen’s left elbow. Forty three” Apollo Orb above camera. (Wescott’s octagonal softbox…it doesn’t require an adapter ring!.)

Cropped this shot to 16 x 9. Same setup as first.

Cropped this shot to 16 x 9. Same setup as first.

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Home And Out After Hike.

Before the golfers came by on the back nine (right outside my door) I walked across the Palmer Course 15th fairway for some 8am reflection shots.

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Meet Mother Theresa.

The 6:40am light falling on Jen near the end of our hike was too good to pass up. Jen came up with the idea of posing like Mother Theresa.

The 6:40am light falling on Jen near the end of our hike was too good to pass up. Jen came up with the idea of posing like Mother Theresa.

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Atypical Hilltop Views.

A very different feel on our hike this morning.

A very different feel on our hike this morning.

And here comes the sun.

And here comes the sun.

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Practicing Coming In Close.

Yesterday I took a day for myself and finally started looking at Doug Gordon’s Workshop DVDs I’d purchased in March at WPPI. I learned a lot. This morning in overhead sun while hiking I took the photo below of Jen in the shade. I got in as close to Jen’s face as I could to gain focus, using the widest aperture, f 1.2 on the 85mm lens. Tilting the camera a bit is new for me too. I always shoot so literal and linear!

I wanted everything except for Jen’s lips to go soft…out of focus. In the past I’ve had trouble knowing how to use this wide open aperture, but today I liked what I got coming in close on Jen’s face. Lastly, while editing in Lightroom, I brought the photo into Nik Efex B & W software applying (and adjusting a bit) the High Key preset for the final look and feel.

Jen, shot this morning, in the shade, on our bump & grind hike, using the Canon 5d Mark 111 and 85 mm 1.2 L lens.

Jen, shot this morning, in the shade, on our bump & grind hike, using the Canon 5d Mark 111 and 85 mm 1.2 L lens.

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A Couple Of Quick Grabs.

Just started walking around the block when this duck flew by me flying right down the middle of the street. I had the camera up to my eye as I was getting ready with all my settings. I just followed the bird panning with my camera and got him in pretty sharp focus.

Just started walking around the block when this duck flew by me flying right down the middle of the street. I had the camera up to my eye as I was getting ready with all the camera settings. I just followed the bird panning with my camera and got him in pretty sharp focus.

Just before the end of a beautiful stroll around the block I pointed the camera up at the plane just curious to see how close the plane looked with the 24 - 70mm zoomed to 70mm. I noticed the jet stream and plane flying in the opposite direction above the plane I was photographing while looking through the viewfinder.

Just before the end of a beautiful stroll around the block I pointed the camera up at the plane just curious to see how close the plane looked with the 24 – 70mm zoomed to 70mm. I noticed the jet stream and plane flying in the opposite direction above the plane I was photographing while looking through the viewfinder.

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