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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!

Last Saturday at the Salton Sea.

Erika, Jen and I spent late afternoon and evening at the Salton Sea last week. What a joy. And what a great opportunity it was for me as Erika knows so much more than I about flash. This was a first shooting with a skilled photographer. I loved it. I keep saying I need to join a camera club and not be so solo learning photography. Anyone local reading this, let me know if you want to go shooting sometime, ok?

Erika taught Jen and me a lot.

Erika taught Jen and me a lot.

Jen.

Jen.

Erika shot this photo of me. She shoots with flash a lot and has an eye for when the light is right for what kind of shot.

Erika took this photo of me.

 

Erika knew this background would be great.

Erika knew this background would be great.

The shoreline is covered with dead Talapia.

The shoreline is covered with dead Talapia.

Before we headed out to light write an old Gas Station (I posted this picture a few days ago.), I took a couple of shots out over the Salton Sea.

Before we headed out to light write an old Gas Station (I posted this picture a few days ago.), I took a couple of shots out over the Salton Sea.

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Speedlighting.

Stacy and I spent time this afternoon practicing with our Speedlights and Pocket Wizard Plus III’s. I’m so lucky I have such beautiful and willing models to practice on.

Stacy Jacob.

Stacy Jacob.

No Call Tuesday. NOT!

A big bag of spinach put in the disposal clogged both sinks. Aaron, the greatest plumber ever, came to the rescue.

Aaron previously fixed a toilet 3 other plumbers said couldn't be fixed!

Aaron previously fixed a toilet 3 other plumbers said couldn’t be fixed!

Cynthia came by with Noah to pick up the turkey soup I made for her Dad and her family.

Cynthia and Dusty's youngest, Noah!

Cynthia and Dusty’s youngest, Noah!

Four o’clock seems to be the time I’m drawn outside for the remaining 1/2 hour of light. I look outside and think there is nothing to shoot that I haven’t already shot. Ignoring my thoughts, and outside with my eye up against the view finder, something interesting always appears.

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Birthday Girl.

Happy Birthday Jen.

Happy Birthday Jen.

Lesson Four Practice.

Jen and I decided to work on some of our NYIP Lesson Four assignments today. This assignment calls for natural lighting. Today’s shots were just practice. Next week we hope to use lots of makeup and be dressed for the assignment shots. Jen doesn’t look like she needs to do much with herself in this practice shot though.

Jen reading our NYIP, Unit 4 Lesson book on portraiture.

Jen reading our NYIP, Unit 4 Lesson book on portraiture.

Jen.

Working on our Unit 3, NYIP natural lighting assignments, Jen and I brought this photo into Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 and treated the photo with Film Noir 2. Glamour galore!!

Working on our Unit 3, NYIP natural lighting assignments, Jen and I brought this photo into Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 and treated the photo with Film Noir 2. Glamour galore!!

Haute4Help Fundraiser

I’ve been busy. A week ago Saturday and this past Friday I shot two events. I’m not sure where I want to go with my photography but stretching the limit of my comfort level has taught me much about photography and myself. I’m sure more will be revealed as I have no idea where I’m headed, but I’m headed somewhere.

Pictured below are a few of the beautiful professional models Dr. Mark and, his wife, Val had at their annual fundraiser here at Mission Hills Country Club.

Haute4Help Fundraiser.

My favorite shot of the night.

Mrs. Photog At Work.

Thanks to Joe Feldun for taking this photo of me shooting the MHCC fundraiser Fashion Show last night. Joe’s pretty good at making me look younger than I really look:-)

Progress Not Perfection.

We stopped hiking for a bit as Jen repeatedly ran back down the hill while I tried to get my off camera flash (using a 3′ coiled E-TTL cord) to record a trailing image behind her. I thought I was using 2nd curtain sync but wasn’t. I was using 1st curtain sync where the flash fires immediately after the first curtain is fully open. In first curtain sync Jen runs, I flash, and the ambient light creates a “ghost image” that appears to come out of the front of her. That’s not what I wanted. I wanted the “ghost image” to follow her.
This morning’s flash exercise was frustrating because I thought I’d chosen 2nd curtain sync when I was in first curtain sync AND when I thought I’d chosen 2nd curtain sync I’d actually put the camera into high-speed synch (which is used in bright sun, not in the darkness before the sun rises – like this morning). Using hss consumes 2.5 stops of flash power. “In hss the camera changes the way that the Speedlite flash fires.” I didn’t know I was in hss and was confused by the results I was getting. I will definitely be trying this again. Last week when I shot Jen running I also made this same mistake but hadn’t picked up on it. So……there is progress in my awareness at least:-) Here is the photographer that I am learning about Canon’s flash system from: http://www.sylarena.com/.

A couple of 5 bracket merged (using Efex Pro HDR) shots. I bracketed the shots because even though the light was pretty this morning it was doing nothing for me.

Moon over San Jacinto.

View of the San Gorgonio Pass with the I-10 windmills in the background. Another HDR.