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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!

Playing Down By The Windmills.

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Who knows what this is?

Who knows what this is?

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Amazing Evening Shots Of The Fire Up In The San Jacinto Range.

I happened to get a number of wonderful shots and hope you’ll check the rest of them out. Clicking this link will take you to my Portfolio website http://gottago.smugmug.com/Nature/Extreme-Skies/30590234_hVBScF#!i=2640610777&k=pXnXtrz. Selecting the Slideshow option once on this website will display the photos the best.

Jen and I went out in the golf (photographer's:-)) cart at Mission Hills CC. This particular shot was taken overlooking the lake on the 18th Pete Dye hole.

Jen and I went out in the golf (photographer’s:-)) cart at Mission Hills CC. This particular shot was taken overlooking the lake on the 18th Pete Dye hole.

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Unbelievable Night Sky!

Incredible sky tonight. So sad the sky is so pretty as the result of our fire in the San Jacinto mountains.

Incredible sky tonight. So sad the sky is so pretty as the result of our fire in the San Jacinto mountains.

 

Prayers for all.

Prayers for all.

 

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San Jacinto Fire.

Photos shot from Portola near Country Club looking out on the San Jacinto Range around 6:10pm.

Oh I hope this fire is put out soon.

Oh I hope this fire is put out soon.

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Just Another Night Out On the Pete Dye GC.

While driving through Mission Hills Country Club in my "Photography" cart (as opposed to Ray's golf cart) Jen and I found a couple of resident hawks. How do I know they were resident hawks? Because as I was stopped in the middle of the street shooting them a resident laid on her horn behind me (scaring Jen and me to death), and as she passed me as I pulled over she stopped to authoritatively lecture us on the fact that the hawks are there all the time. She left (after way too long) saying, "Well, I'll let you go now."

While driving through Mission Hills Country Club in my “Photography” cart (as opposed to Ray’s golf cart) Jen and I found a couple of resident hawks. How do I know they were resident hawks? Because as I was stopped in the middle of the street photographing them a resident laid on her horn behind us (scaring Jen and me to death). I pulled over, she then pulled up beside us, stopped and authoritatively lectured us on the fact that the hawks are there all the time. She left (after way too long) saying, “Well, I’ll let you go now.”

 

Jen watching and waiting for shots of the Jack Rabbits. She's using my 400mm 5.6 lens, hand held on her light camera body.

Jen watching and waiting for shots of the Jack Rabbits. She’s using my 400mm 5.6 lens, hand held on her light camera body.

 

See the bunny??????

See the bunny??????

 

 

 

 

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Photos From the Pete Dye Course, Thursday and Friday Night.

The last two nights I’ve taken Ray’s golf cart filled with photo gear over to the Pete Dye golf course. Looking for shots according to what presents itself makes me happy.

Friday night shots, out by myself.

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Out shooting with Jen Thursday night.

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Alligator head.

Alligator head.

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Lovin’ The Color Lately.

Guess who...on the bump & grind this morning.

Guess who…on the bump & grind this morning.

After swimming at MHCC tonight Jen and I headed over to the main MHCC entrance for some sunset shots.

After swimming at MHCC tonight Jen and I headed over to the main MHCC entrance for some sunset shots.

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Sometimes Backgrounds Are Too Hard To Pass Up.

I ask and Jen says yes! I can't believe she was willing to climb up on this post and pose. I wasn't allowed to talk while she was concentrating on her focus and balance. Had she fallen she was at great risk. But hey, anything for a photo:-)

I ask and Jen says yes! I can’t believe she was willing to climb up on this post and pose. I wasn’t allowed to talk while she was concentrating on her focus and balance. Had she fallen she was at great risk. But hey, anything for a photo:-)

Yes I was lower than Jen shooting upward but nevertheless Jen jumps higher than imaginable. And.....she was on a knife's edge ridge!

Yes I was lower than Jen shooting upward but nevertheless Jen jumps as higher than imaginable. And…..she was on a knife’s edge ridge!

Sometimes Jen becomes self conscious and can't figure out how to pose. I remind her she doesn't have the luxury of wasting time thinking of a pose with the clock ticking on how long the incredible background sunset will stay this great. She hates when I rush her. So I had to get up and show her that you just do ANYTHING, just move.

Sometimes Jen becomes self conscious and can’t figure out how to pose. I remind her she doesn’t have the luxury of wasting time thinking of a pose with the clock ticking on how long the incredible background sunset will stay this great. She hates when I rush her. So I had to get up and show her that you just do ANYTHING, just move.

And move she did!!!

And move she did!!!

At 8:30pm, having come down from our hike (really our photo shoot), I wanted to use the lamp light in the shopping center.

At 8:30pm, having come down from our hike (really our photo shoot), I wanted to use the lamp light in the shopping center.

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Twelve Palm Springs July 4th Firework Photos.

Jen and I found a neat spot to shoot from, high up, at the top of the P. S. High School track stadium stand stairs, beyond the fence, on the grass. We were alone up there for a short while but then others climbed over fences and up the hill and before we knew it we were surrounded by happy, talkative, energized families with teenagers (who didn’t particularly like that we asked them to exchange places after they sat right in front of us and would have affected our shots as they had hand held lights they were playing with) younger children, infants, and dogs.

I was worried about the possibility of sitting on the grass being others mentioned fire ants were attacking their bare feet. Fire ant bites in the past have sent me to the hospital because I am so allergic to whatever their bite produces. Those people who had joined us on the hillside were getting bitten by ants and now moved closer to where Jen and I were sitting on the grass. Good, maybe they’d be a barrier for us. More and more families arrived, all finding it necessary to sit in front of us, on the sides of us and behind us. Jen and I discussed not liking being in crowds, but quickly changed our comment to what we really didn’t like was the noise of crowds and loss of the serene feel!

We accepted the families and their noise, got into the fireworks that had begun and I only got bit once from a lone ant that caused me no harm.

The fireworks were by far some of the best I’d ever seen. Everything happens so fast once the show starts though. I was shooting with a wide angle lens (16-35mm), wanted to take some photos at 16mm and others at 35mm, and then also had my 70-200mm lens close by to see what close up shots of the fireworks would look like. I had a plan but whoever was shooting off the fireworks shot the fireworks one after another, really fast, with little time in between, and I was afraid of missing shots so never changed my lens.

For a number of shots, I did however try leaving the bulb setting on the shutter cable release open. I would cover the lens with a black, 5
inch flag (to block any light from entering the lens) and then lift the black cover over the lens exposing the next round of fireworks over the previous shots. Doing this allowed me to record multiple exposures on top of each other. But I found some of the exposures were too overexposed in areas leaving no color at all. I was glad I tried this though.

Playing around with on camera Speedlight flash covered with 1/4 cto gel waiting for the Palm Springs Fireworks to begin.

Playing around with on camera Speedlight flash covered with 1/4 cto gel waiting for the Palm Springs Fireworks to begin.

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Looking For Photo Ops, Always.

Waiting for Jen to arrive for our hike.

Waiting for Jen to arrive for our hike.

Love that the pigeon didn't let the nails bother his vantage point.

Love that the pigeon didn’t let the nails bother his vantage point.

Early enough the street lamp provided some lighting.

Early enough the street lamp provided some lighting.

And more light as we begin our hike.

And more light as we begin our hike.

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