April 7 – 10th, 2016
Victorville, CA to Holbrook, AZ.
I had signed up for this workshop with Keith Skelton before I knew I’d be having a left hip replacement (2/23/16). I knew going on this workshop was probably not good for my rehab but emotionally wanted to go and did. I paid the price seated in the car for 10 hours sometimes. I drove in my own car in case I had to turn back home.
Walking to what I would have liked to photograph with the others when we stopped ended up being very painful. I’d drive up close to what I wanted to shoot eventually and photographed subjects from my car. Unfortunately I only brought my Leica with a 28 mm lens since I figured the 5d Mark III fitted with longer lenses would be too heavy for my hip replacement leg to endure.
I am glad I went on this trip even with all the pain I experienced. I met some wonderful people, enjoyed being with my friend JJ (Jim Keener), and always enjoy being around Keith. He is a great workshop leader.
And……here are some of the photos I shot.
Can you see the lightening?
While waiting for the other attendees to finish shooting I sat in my car practicing focusing on the rain on the window with the intent of showing a blurred distant landscape in the background. Low and behold a train came by with me ready with the settings I wanted. Bingo!!! This is my fav!
Keith is a foodie, as am I. He always knows the best places to eat.
See Jim seated at a table?
I’m home from having spent the most wonderful experience at the Steve Simon NYC Street Photography Workshop. Following Steve’s workshop Jen and I used our planned extra day to see MOMA, the Museum Of Modern Art, Central Park, before taking a bike driven buggy ride over to the 9th street area where after walking the streets, we had a wonderful Thai dinner at Yum Yum.
I shot over 8,000 photos in the 8 days. Below are a few of the photos I shot the day after the workshop. I am happy to report even I see a big difference in what I’ve captured. My mind has been opened to so many new thoughts and desires with so many new photographic ideas and plans. I feel excited again! I was getting a wee bit bored with what I was doing photographically. Like Frank says, “Oh, another sunset???”
I will be posting more of each day’s best photos from the workshop, hopefully sooner than later:-)
Re-entry ain’t easy!!!
I just got back this afternoon from a Salton Sea Workshop lead by Keith Skelton. I shot Thursday through Sunday and had a great time with the other photographers and also got some nice photos…..this is always a good thing!
I edited about 29 photos from today’s shoot and posted them all on my Smugmug Portfolio site. If you are interested in taking a peek, here is the link: http://gottago.smugmug.com/Classes-Workshops/20141205-Salton-Sea-Keith-Skelto/
Here is a teaser……
Arrived at the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge at 5:40am and we 11 photographers all quietly waited for the action.
My car after driving on muddy dirt roads this morning to Salton Sea locals we’ll be shooting over the weekend. Once home on Dec. 8, 2014, I had my car washed (first by hand/then by machine) at a car wash to the cost of $47 incuding a tip.
Our fearless workshop leader, allowing me for the first time to shoot him while he stood still for 5 seconds!!! Thanks Keith Skelton:-)
After sunset, before it gets too dark is always the best time to shoot this kind of shot.
JJ pretending to shoot something so I could take his photo and use the great light put out by the Geothermal plant behind him.
It took two tries but Ken was willing to hold this pose for 5 seconds without moving. Thanks Ken.
I cropped in on this photo for a composition I liked as the there was another tree that spoiled the look I was after.
Jen wanted me to crop down on the Comorant tree so only some of the birds were showing and closeup.
This is the look I like of the Comorant tree on Lark Street north of Westmoreland.
This shot was a bit iffy but it is a reminder of a great evening meeting new friends in Keith’s workshop and reuniting with old friends from when I first took up Photography seriously 7 years ago. It was great seeing Judy and Teri again!!!
A verticle of our tree. Keith always brings us back to shoot the Cormorants that are always in this tree. Thanks to the Comorants for staying perched as long as they did. Next time though Keith, please let us ALL know when you are going to walk up so close that the birds take off:-)
Geothermal plants everywhere make for nice dark photography shots.
Lots of birds, no light!!! Boo hoo.
Kept look back Northeast at this geothermal plant. So wanted this photo to have more contrast. Impossible.
OOOh, did we get muddy walking around this morning. And driving is a little iffy on some of the dirt roads.
Checked out a road in the Sony Bono Rec Area and found these guys. Too much mud to go further down the road. The hunters are camped here too.
Leaving to go to have breakfast I couldn’t stop shooting away. Poor JJ. He was very hungry, but most patient with my obsessive photo taking.
We really got skunked this morning on good light so trying to make a photograph without light is pretty difficult. Hence the enhancement border:-)
I rented a wide angle lens….14 mm L series Canon and haven’t pulled it out to use it yet. This was taken from inside the car with my 16-35 mm L lens. I intend to use the wide angle lens low and close tomorrow!
Off Road Vehicles playing.
We couldn’t walk in beyond the road in this area. So I went looking for a variety of shots other than shooting the same sand dunes.
JJ shooting up a storm late this afternoon and getting some great sand dune shots at the Albondogones (sp) Dunes Wilderness east of Brawley CA near the Salton Sea.
Tractor tracks certainly made their mark.
Shot some of these fellows trying to pan with their motion. Wish I’d gotten their email addresses so I could have sent them some of the shots.
Duane is 63 years old. Still works. But finds time to bike 500 miles in a week doing sections hoping to soon complete his adventure to bike from the east coast of the US to the west coast. He began his adventure in 1997. Really nice guy. His wife shadows him while he rides.
Quick grabs as these guys speed up the sand dunes.
Twenty minutes before sunset, we were headed somewhere else but pulled over when we noticed the colorful reflections in this water source.
Interesting sun setting tonight. Not a lot of color in the sky like I’d hoped but enjoyed this unique cloud shrouded sun setting.
Day is done. We were going to continue shooting some night shots elsewhere but Carl’s Jr. and a cheeseburger dinner were calling out to us. Night.
Here is our Salton Sea Workshop Group photo. Group photo taken by our workshop leader, Keith Skelton. Here is the link to Keith’s website: http://www.keithskelton.com/.
Below is my favorite photo from our workshop weekend 12/6/13. To see lots more of the photos I shot, click here.
Ray and I are driving to LA tonight. Tomorrow we fly back to Virginia to my nephew’s wedding. I haven’t had much time to work on photos but here is a link to some I shot in Page, Arizona a few days ago.
Having fun hamming it up before our night light painting shoot.