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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.

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Nursing A Cold – Out The Door – For A Few Shots Last Night.

MHCC, Palmer Golf Course, 17th-3par weeds.

MHCC, Palmer Golf Course, 17th-3par weeds.

Almost captured this guy in flight:-)

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Out The Door For What Shows Up.

Canon 5d Mark III
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +2X
Focal length: 260mm
ISO 1250
Exposure: 1/500 sec at f/5.6
Manual exposure and Spot metering.
Handheld.


http://www.monarch-butterfly.com/
Interesting read.

Butterflies are difficult to shoot unless they are positioned exactly (head to rear) laterally, equaly distant to the camera plane. Even then the depth of field is so minimal I either get the legs in focus, the head in focus, the large eye in focus, or body in focus.

Butterflies are difficult to shoot unless they are positioned exactly (head to rear) laterally, equally distant to the camera plane. Even then the depth of field is so minimal I either get the legs in focus, the head in focus, the large eye in focus, or body in focus.
But when I go out to shoot, something always shows up…..if I’m present.

San Jacinto Range’s Gift Last Night.

So lucky....My Home Offers Views Like A Room At The Top!

So lucky….My Home Offers Views Like A Room At The Top!

Evening Scout and Play.

Item #9 on my to do list today was to go outside around 5pm with my camera and scout out close-by shooting backgrounds for my neighbor’s family group photos I’ll be shooting in a week. I was not seeing backgrounds I liked. The light at 5pm was still too high. It was flat and lifeless. But I kept looking. Until……….., I got distracted by this Snowy Egret. I followed him. He pulled me right away from being serious about scouting for backgrounds. The light was still not great but I decided to underexpose these shots and then put Lightroom presets on them.

Snowy Egret got my attention and began the process of shooting birds tonight.

Snowy Egret got my attention and began the process of shooting birds tonight.

Got too close to these coots on the shoreline.

Got too close to these coots on the shoreline.

I had spot focus set on my camera and was happy so many of the birds in flight were in sharp focus.

I had spot focus set on my camera and was happy so many of the birds in flight were in sharp focus.

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Ray likes this shot the best.

Ray likes this shot the best.

 

I did eventually get back to looking for backgrounds for the 18 people family group shots. I need to find more locations and a variety of ideas on the groupings. I’ve included shots where I might have the family members group around trees and the tree limbs. Your thoughts???? I’m not very creative when it comes to posing ideas so if you have any ideas I’d sure welcome them!

And, yes Jen, we did have a nice sunset tonight.

And, yes Jen, we did have a nice sunset tonight.

Background #1.

Background #1.

Background #2.

Background #2.

Background #3.

Background #3.

Background #4.

Background #4.

Fleeting but intense red San Jacinto.

Off in a while to Tejon Pass for a one day photography workshop with Jen and JJ to a workshop lead by Keith Skelton.
He’d been hoping for snow on the pass but we’re probably not going to have any snow even though there has been rain in the LA area. But this workshop is about making something out of nothing. Keith is good at that so I’m hoping I’ll learn some knew ways of seeing creatively.

Thanks to Ray coming in and telling me I might want to get up as the color is exceptional this morning, I got to see some brief, intense color on Mount San Jacinto.

Thanks to Ray coming in and telling me I might want to get up as the color is exceptional this morning, I got to see some brief, intense color on Mount San Jacinto.

Framed Lake.

Shot on the way back from 4 holes of golf. West view over the San Jacinto range. Hoping for some snow or rain. We've had so little. The PCT hikers will probably have to avoid many a fire this hiking season.

Shot on the way back from 4 holes of golf. West view over the San Jacinto range. Hoping for some snow or rain. We’ve had so little. The PCT hikers will probably have to avoid many a fire this hiking season.

Morning Hikes and Photography. It Doesn’t Get Any Better!

Silhouette preset in Nik's Silver Efex Pro 2. Even though the original photo had pretty sunrise color in the sky, I think the color detracted rather than added to the photo.

Silhouette preset in Nik’s Silver Efex Pro 2. Even though the original photo had pretty sunrise color in the sky, I think the color detracted rather than added to the photo.

Nearing the top of the first part of our hike, San Jacinto had some fierce cloud forms.

Nearing the top of the first part of our hike, San Jacinto had some fierce cloud forms.

Some 30 seconds of intense color while at the low angle just above the horizon.

Some 30 seconds of intense color while at the low angle just above the horizon.

This is called trail graffiti. The theme in this one location changes according to the whim of the artist who changes things up quite often. Jen says this is a Snowman.

This is called trail graffiti. The theme in this one location changes according to the whim of the artist who changes things up quite often. Jen says this is a Snowman.

Jen and I love our sunrises and sunset landscape photos but need a new subject to shoot. Hence we picked "motion" to do on the downhill portion of the hike.

Jen and I love our sunrises and sunset landscape photos but need a new subject to shoot. Hence we picked “motion” to do on the downhill portion of the hike. Like the other black and white, the overhead light now higher in the sky left the dull colored background undesirable. I like how Jen pops out more in the black and white version of this photo.

This color rendition is per LR's request.

This color rendition is per LR’s request.

Unexpected 60 Seconds Of Light.

Just when I thought we had a fizzle of a sunrise on the Bump & Grind hike a couple of days ago, Jen and I were given 60 seconds where we experienced the payoff of a special light show.

Don't blink or the light changes.

Don’t blink or the light changes.

One minute light show.

One minute light show.

Just before the light left the mountain beyond the golf course. Love the heart!!!

Just before the light left the mountain beyond the golf course. Love the heart!!!

It’s Tarantula Mating Season.

I had no idea September and October is Tarantula mating season. It was one year ago at this time Jen and I ran across another tarantula.

I told Ray about how we’d come across a Tarantula on our Whitewater River hike and he mentioned he’d just heard on the TV this was mating season for them. I Googled Tarantulas and their mating habits and found the following link. http://blogs.kqed.org/science/2013/10/11/californas-tarantulas-are-on-the-move-during-mating-season/ I feel sorry for the males. What a solitary life male Tarantulas lead before they finally leave their burrows where they’d lived for 5 – 8 years to look for a mate and then die six months later. Females live for 25 years!!!

I was close to this guy…..maybe 2 few away. He didn’t seem phased by me. I had no idea at the time he was on a serious instinctual mission.

Jen spotted this male Tarantula two weeks ago near the Whitewater River while we were hiking near dusk.

Jen spotted this male Tarantula two weeks ago near the Whitewater River while we were hiking near dusk.

Thirty Second Splash of Light.

This morning, like other mornings before I leave to go hike at 5:20am, I look up at the dark sky to see if there are clouds. If there are clouds (which there haven’t been over the last number of months) I bring the Canon 5d Mark III on the hike (rather than the Fujifilm or iPhone camera).

This morning I brought the 5d Mark III. There were lots of clouds.

 6:36am, manual program, 2 sec at f/11, ISO 1250, 27 mm on the Canon 24-70 mm L II lens. Handheld, resting on top of a Von's grocery cart.


6:36am, manual program, 2 sec at f/11, ISO 1250, 27 mm on the Canon 24-70 mm L II lens. Handheld, resting on top of a Von’s grocery cart.

I was hopeful for some good morning color. The moon was still up. I was excited. But it was one of those mornings I call a fizzle. The light just didn’t manifest the way I wanted it to. Until…….minutes before the end of the hour long hike hike, the sun rose above the horizon and illuminated the San Jacinto range for 30 seconds or so.

The light came and went but my excitement remains. It doesn’t take much to make me happy!

6:36am, manual program, 1/125 sec at f/8.0, ISO 640, 24 mm on the Canon 24-70 mm L II lens.

6:36am, manual program, 1/125 sec at f/8.0, ISO 640, 24 mm on the Canon 24-70 mm L II lens.