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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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Out For A Recurring Thursdsay, 3:30pm Lap Swim and Glad I Brought My Camera!

Jen stretching following our 3:30pm 1/2 hour lap swimming at the large MHCC pool.

 

Jumped out of the pool, threw on my robe, picked up the 70-200mm lens, and didn’t worry what the other two swimmers thought about me shooting Jen playing for the camera.

 

Leaving the pool around 5:00pm this color appeared on the San Jacinto Mountain Range. Featured is Antsell Rock, the pointed rock.

Leaving the pool around 5:00pm this color appeared on the San Jacinto Mountain Range. Featured is Antsell Rock, the pointed rock that PCT hikers walk around while hiking westward up and up and up after gaining the ridge north of Hwy 74 (Palms to Pines Hwy).

 

 

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Practicing With Two Canon 600 EX-TR Speedlites.

I have been trying to learn Speedlites and Speedlites with Pocket Wizards for over 4 years. I’ve never had consistent luck getting all the gear to work consistently with each other. I’d try to figure out where I went wrong. Sometimes they’d fire, and then stop. I’ve been frustrated beyond belief. Each year I’d pick up trying to get them to work, usually after I’d spend more money on newer versions of the same lighting gear. Insanity, I know. I just kept thinking I’d get different, workable, results. I never did. Until………I got the new Wireless 600 EX-TR Speedlite. I don’t need Pocket Wizards anymore when I shoot with 600 EX-TRs (thanks JJ for the loan of one of yours)  and the Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2.

Thanks to to JJ for this link to Syl Arena’s video tutorial on the Canon 600 EX-TR Speedlite. And……for coming over so we could practice with our 600’s.

I’m shooting a Family of 19 tomorrow. So thanks to Jen for coming over to scout locations with me, and thanks to Jen and Stacy who will be helping me at the shoot just outside my home on one of the golf course hillsides in between the Palmer 15th and 16th holes.

I’m open to any suggestions as to where I might sell some of my old lighting equipment.

 

Shooting some shots of Jen for her FB "Come to Yoga" posts!

Shooting some shots of Jen for her FB “Come to Yoga” posts!

Just before the second set of golf course sprinklers shot water on my light stands, Jen posed and felt comfortable (finally:-)) playing in front of my lens. And yes, I am very lucky to have this very willing model. Thanks Jen.

Just before the second set of golf course sprinklers shot water on my light stands, Jen posed and felt comfortable (finally:-)) playing in front of my lens. And yes, I am very lucky to have this very willing model. Thanks Jen.

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.

Sunday Late Afternoon Play Day.

A much needed photo play day with Jen, first in Palm Springs and later by the windmills, 15 minutes west of Palm Springs, near the PCT I-10 underpass.

Jen and I were invited up to a Hookah Lounge in P.S. This charming Palestinian man, only here in the US 1 year, spoke to us about his 6 year imprisonment. He is showing us scars from having been tortured by electricity.
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Jen came over and had been holding a flower up and photographing it. I tried it too!
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Jen’s jumps make any photo so much better.
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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!!