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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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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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Just Married, Meet Mary Kay and Dennis Mahoney!

Meet the newly married couple - Mary Kay and Dennis.

Meet the newly married couple – Mary Kay and Dennis.

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A Busy But Fun Weekend.

Stacy took this photo of Ray and me at the Saturday Night banquet dinner. I like it.

Stacy took this photo of Ray and me at the Saturday Night banquet dinner. I like it.

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2013 Lake Cachulla Triathlon.

Waiting for Jen to pick me up this morning, I couldn’t believe I wasn’t out hiking for this sunrise!

Unbelievable color this morning.

Unbelievable color this morning.

My friend Ann and her boyfriend Rob ran the Lake Cachulla Triathlon today. Ann ran this Tri last year too. Today she bettered her time and Rob came in first in his division and 3rd OVERALL!!!

I’ve uploaded 200 Triathlon photos to my Portfolio website. Click here to view photos. Click on Slideshow after following the link to see the photos full screen.

Jen and I went out and photographed the swimming and biking portions, focusing on Ann and Rob, of course.

Rob and Ann. Congrats to you both!

Rob and Ann. Congrats to you both!

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Palm Springs Museum Event.

I asked Jen to write something to go along with these photos of mine I’ve posted from our evening last night.
Here is what she wrote:
“What is modern photography? With not only technology changing quickly every day, photography is unique in that how people view their visual world changes just as quickly and at the same ratio as the medium of photography itself. Growing up in a family where knowing that form follows function was just as important as knowing the Presidents, it was so nice to revisit the Palm Springs art museum last night to hear a lecture by Los Angeles gallery owner, Paul Kopeikin. My grandfather, along with Stew Williams, designed the museum. As I walked through the museum last night with our hosts, Barbara and Bernie, childhood memories came back of playing through the museum and sliding down rails, of listening to my grandfather light up when I asked him to explain the significance of anything from the Dead Sea to Le Corbusier.”

Thanks Jen.

Paul Kopeikin, Gallery owner and lecturer.

Paul Kopeikin, Gallery owner and lecturer.

Barbara and Bernie Cain invited us to this Collector's Lecture by Paul Kopeikin and Curator-led tour of Picture This: Photographic Portraits of Place.

Barbara and Bernie Cain invited us to this Collector’s Lecture by Paul Kopeikin and Curator-led tour of Picture This: Photographic Portraits of Place.

Photos on this outside wall from the 1800's.

Photos on this outside wall from the 1800’s.

Leaving the museum I had to shoot Jen on the other side of one of the glass art pieces.

Leaving the museum I had to shoot Jen on the other side of one of the glass art pieces.

Jen's Granpa, John Porter Clark is listed on this Palm Springs Museum wall plaque as he was one of the original museum architects.

Jen’s Granpa’s name is listed on this Palm Springs Museum wall – John Porter Clark – as one of the original museum architects.

Jen long ago used to slide down this banister as a little girl.

Jen long ago used to slide down this banister as a little girl.

Now outside the Museum the lights on Jen's boots was too hard to resist.

Now outside the Museum the lights on Jen’s boots was too hard to resist.

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Palm Springs Gay Pride Parade.

Jim, Stacy and I went to the Palm Springs Gay Pride Parade today.

Stacy playing with her (soon to be old) camera.

Jim HAD to wear this shirt.

I couldn’t help myself. I will be posting a link to some of the Parade photos soon once I go through the way too many photos I shot today.

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Marilyn Met Marilyn Friday Night.

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Bonnie and Fred Celebrate 40 Years.

Bonnie and Fred posing tonight for this shot I took with my IPhone and treated in Snapseed. They threw a 40 year wedding anniversary party for themselves at the MHCC.

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