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!

Palm Springs, CA. Gay Pride Parade Weekend – Photos.

I’m headed off to Sri Lanka on Friday, traveling as light as possible. To lighten my load to carry on only I am not bringing my Canon 5d Mark III photography equipment. Because I would never feel comfortable being anywhere with only one camera, I recently purchased two new lightweight cameras: the Ricoh GR II (28mm) and the Leica zoom (25-400mm – fixed lens).


The following photos were shot in B&W mode on the Ricoh GR II and edited in Lightroom in B&W.

I’m hoping I will become more knowledgeable with both cameras sooner than later. The Ricoh GR II is much easier to learn and use than the Leica. Many of the most used modes are featured as buttons right on the backside of the camera. The Ricoh also is so small it looks like a toy camera and I found the people I photographed up real close today didn’t feel as uncomfortable as when I use the Leica or the even bigger Canon (with the big lenses). It isn’t easy for me to get up close to people with wide angle lenses but I’m going to walk through my fear and move in to the 3 foot range and photograph people before they know what I’m doing so I hopefully catch moments and not poses.

Here are some first attempts at moving in closer. No one got mad.

















While Out Watching The Rain….






Practicing Coming In Close.

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.

Jen, shot this morning, in the shade, on our bump & grind hike, using the Canon 5d Mark 111 and 85 mm 1.2 L lens.

Jen, shot this morning, in the shade, on our bump & grind hike, using the Canon 5d Mark 111 and 85 mm 1.2 L lens.


It’s My Life.

Sorry Lane, yet another hiking photo:-) Jen this morning.

Sorry Lane, yet another hiking photo:-)


Colorless Sunset.

These sun rays got me outside tonight.

These sunrays got me outside tonight.

Sun setting rays over San Jacinto tonight.

Sun setting rays over San Jacinto tonight.




There Is Always Something To Shoot.

I went down to Lake Maimie early tonight, hoping to hang out and look around before shooting what I had hoped would be a colorful sunset because all day we’ve had big puffy clouds.
This lady fishing and I started talking briefly. She said, “Isn’t this just the best?” I had to agree. We were both out doing what we wanted to do in one of the prettiest places ever. Oh, I have lots of gratitude.

Slowly walking from Lake Maimie to Lake Mary I ran right into this deer. He was not the least bit phased by me. I stopped, moved my camera to my eye and shot away and he kept calmly walking past me.

This is Lake Mary. I chose a different place to shoot from. This is the view looking up to Duks Pass some 4+ miles in the distance. Down from Duks Pass you reach the JMT/PCT.

I was basically looking for things to shoot, just hanging out. I’d put on a longer lens, the 70 – 200mm lens, while waiting to shoot some great sunset color.

By now I had moved to get some of the orange mountain shots. The color started, but not never quite got going. As a matter of fact, the light fizzled, and all went dark and cold. This shot was one of only a few I got that had color.

I shot this when there was little to no color and turned it into a black and white using Nik Silver Efex Pro. This could be the Fine Arts preset.

Ray had texted me earlier and said to let him know if I wanted him to pick me up when I was through. I was through and getting cold when I walked up from the shoreline to the road to start walking when I noticed this man and his dog walking down to the lake. I grabbed my camera and shot off two shots. I had a feeling I would like them when I shot them even though the light was terrible.
As soon as I reached the road and had been walking a couple of seconds, guess who pulled up for me! My hubby.

Oh my goodness, the bear is here!


Me And My Hiking Partners.

Jen took this photo of me this morning. I was in the process of showing her some new poses I’d learned for men. I don’t think I quite got through taking on the pose though.

Melissa and Jen hiking/posing on the bump & grind for a distance, greatest depth of field photo.


It was a cabin kinda day.

Shot from the cabin today because we never left the cabin.

Thought the clouds would turn a magnificant color, but they didn't. B & W looks better than the original.

I couldn't decide which B&W I liked better. Which do you like?


Half of me.

The following is an excerpt from Scott Kelby’s Wednesday Guest Blogger featuring David J. Nightingale (aka Chromasa)!

“In early 2004, when I’d been blogging for a little over six months, and posting a handful of images each month, I came across Sam Javanrouh’s blog: Daily Dose of Imagery. One of the things that impressed me the most about Sam’s blog, other than the consistently high quality of his work, was that he was posting a new image each day, and I can clearly remember thinking two things. First, what a great idea, and second, it can’t be that hard to post 365 shots a year, can it? Well, for the remainder of 2004, 2005, and most of 2006, I attempted to do the same, and discovered that it was harder than I could possibly have imagined.

Now, if I’d had nothing else to do – like eating, sleeping, working as a full-time lecturer in a UK university, helping to bring up my young family, and everything else that goes along with being a human being – it would have been a piece of cake… Surely almost anyone can take one reasonable shot every 24 hours? But, in and amongst everything else, there were many days when I really didn’t have anything even halfway decent to blog, nor any time to shoot any new material. On those days I would sit at my computer and decide which was the least useless shot from a fairly bad bunch, drag it into Photoshop, and attempt to turn it into something more interesting.”

Because I haven’t gone out to shoot in the last two days, I didn’t have a photo for my blog. I went looking at my old photos for a photo I could maybe clean up and post. I found NOTHING I liked even remotely. None of the zillions of photos I have is worth saving. I even took a peek at some of last year’s photo class and workshop photos. Nada. I can’t even stand to look at my stuff.

This is a wakeup call. I need to pick up my camera and stop reading about photography and start shooting. I also need to start shooting in the EARLY morning light (which means I need to get up earlier than I’ve wanted to get up.)

Well, today, after 10am when the light isn’t so great outside, I picked up my camera fitted with the 50mm 1.8 lens. I got my diffuser out of the closet, stood by a window in the dining room that had some good light coming in through the glass doors, and shot half of my face. Why half of my face? Because my second photo assignment is “Halves”.

Here is the photo I shot.

I just need to be patient with myself, stop comparing my photos to the great photographers’ work, and just schedule in time with my camera.
While reading David duChemin’s new photography book titled, “Within the Frame”, I came across this sentence on page 156, “One of the most helpful parts of my process is an AAR, or After-Action Review. It consists of spending time at the end of the day, usually while looking at the day’s selects, and asking myself what went well, what did not go well, and what I shot today that I could shoot better tomorrow……………………Don’t let the knowledge you gained on today’s shoot go to waste if you can redeem it tomorrow for the images you really wanted.”

Interesting, this concept of AAR can be applied to life too. I even gave someone feedback who was asking for help to do the same thing by looking at the top of p. 86 in the B. B. “When evening comes……………”

I should listen to my own advice.

This quote below was also in David’s Wednesday Guest Blogger post on Scott Kelby’s blog.
“For me, though he was a psychologist rather than a photographer, Jean Piaget summed this up quite nicely when he said “What we see changes what we know. What we know changes what we see”.