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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!

Palm Springs, CA. Gay Pride Parade Weekend – Photos.

I’m headed off to Sri Lanka on Friday, traveling as light as possible. To lighten my load to carry on only I am not bringing my Canon 5d Mark III photography equipment. Because I would never feel comfortable being anywhere with only one camera, I recently purchased two new lightweight cameras: the Ricoh GR II (28mm) and the Leica zoom (25-400mm – fixed lens).

 

The following photos were shot in B&W mode on the Ricoh GR II and edited in Lightroom in B&W.

I’m hoping I will become more knowledgeable with both cameras sooner than later. The Ricoh GR II is much easier to learn and use than the Leica. Many of the most used modes are featured as buttons right on the backside of the camera. The Ricoh also is so small it looks like a toy camera and I found the people I photographed up real close today didn’t feel as uncomfortable as when I use the Leica or the even bigger Canon (with the big lenses). It isn’t easy for me to get up close to people with wide angle lenses but I’m going to walk through my fear and move in to the 3 foot range and photograph people before they know what I’m doing so I hopefully catch moments and not poses.

Here are some first attempts at moving in closer. No one got mad.

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Katie’s 31st Surprise Birthday Party Video.

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Out The Door For An Afternoon Shoot And Found Ron!

Ron and his friend finishing up on the 18th hole of the Palmer Course late today.

Ron and his friend finishing up on the 18th hole of the Palmer Course late today.

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Missing Trips To The Salton Sea!

Jen, way too long ago, at the Salton Sea.

Jen, way too long ago, at the Salton Sea.

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One Helping Another….makes for a strong bond.

Special connections abound.

Special connections abound.

The story behind this pic runs deep.

The story behind this pic runs deep.

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Great Morning Hike With New and Old Friends:-)

Ladies styling on the bump & grind this morning!

Ladies styling on the bump & grind this morning!

L>R Carol, Mary Kay (both in town from Vancouver) and Tara.

L>R Carol, Mary Kay (both in town from Vancouver) and Tara.

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Two Celebratory Photo Videos.

I’m beginning to get back to my life a little bit. My husband is beginning to feel better after a long 6 months of chemo and radiation.

I’m posting a couple of Animoto videos I put together from two events. The first video is of Carlyn’s wedding shower last week and the second video is from Suzy’s birthday celebration 6 months ago.

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Quite An Adventure Last Night While Hiking.

This urgent, blaring phone sound went off at the beginning of Melissa and my hike on the Bump & Grind last night. It was a storm alert for high winds. We looked around and didn’t see any wind and continued on up the hill.

Near the top of our hike we decided to turn around short of where we normally turn around. While stopped in the dark near the bottom of the Bump & Grind, (after a call from Ray wondering why I wasn’t home yet) we became obsessed with trying to capture the lightning going off rapid fire in the east. We knew we should get off the trail as Melissa had to go back to Sandi’s and take care of her dog and I needed to get home to Ray, but we couldn’t leave thinking….”The next shot will capture the “perfect lightning flash”.

We kept shooting….UNTIL this humongous dust ball of gale force wind engulfed us. I covered my camera and we rapidly and quite fearfully descended to our cars.

Melissa.

Melissa.

Handheld while on a late finishing hike last night. Kept the shutter open and hoped I'd capture something.

Handheld while on a late finishing hike last night. Kept the shutter open and hoped I’d capture something.

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Friday, Aug 23,2013
Just in from Terry Morse:http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/13829

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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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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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