My friend Tina has been dating a guy she met online and likes a lot. I’ve hoped to meet him and finally did last Tuesday night. I drove in to the San Fernando Valley to stay overnight two nights to have cataract surgery (That Katya drove me to at 6am. xxoo Katya) on my second eye early Wednesday morning, followed by an eye check up Thursday morning with the doctor before driving back home. Tina and I planned a 5pm hike Tuesday night and Dale joined us. Dale isn’t a boy!!!! He’s a man….kind, considerate, responsible, interesting and a gentleman. I approve:-)
Checking out different light with Jen tonight.
Yogi and her boyfriend Matt have been staying here until they leave tomorrow for the ADZPCTKO annual backpacking event this weekend at the Lake Morena Campground, located on the PCT, 20 miles north of the Mexican border. I’ll be headed down on Thursday, and Melissa and Jen arrive on Friday, late afternoon.
I’ve known Yogi since April of 2002 when I met her at the beginning of our thru-hikes that year. I’ve never known Yogi to have a boyfriend. She’s waited for the right one…..And….she found the right one in Matt when they met, Yogi’s 3rd day doing a thru-hike, on the AT.
Yesterday I took a day for myself and finally started looking at Doug Gordon’s Workshop DVDs I’d purchased in March at WPPI. I learned a lot. This morning in overhead sun while hiking I took the photo below of Jen in the shade. I got in as close to Jen’s face as I could to gain focus, using the widest aperture, f 1.2 on the 85mm lens. Tilting the camera a bit is new for me too. I always shoot so literal and linear!
I wanted everything except for Jen’s lips to go soft…out of focus. In the past I’ve had trouble knowing how to use this wide open aperture, but today I liked what I got coming in close on Jen’s face. Lastly, while editing in Lightroom, I brought the photo into Nik Efex B & W software applying (and adjusting a bit) the High Key preset for the final look and feel.