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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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The Bump & Grind 4.5 Mile Hike.

Hoping Melissa can get 5 days off work for a much needed backpack in a couple of months. Melissa, Jen and I have been doing sections of the Pacific Crest Trail since I introduced them both to backpacking about 3 years ago. We do have a really fun time backpacking together. It will be so nice to get “out there” again.

Saturday morning hike up the Bump & Grind training with our backpacks. PCT 132 mile segment coming up from just south of Big Bear to just past Wrightwood come April 9th!

Saturday morning hike up the Bump & Grind training with our backpacks. PCT 132 mile segment coming up from just south of Big Bear to just past Wrightwood come April 9th!

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Morning Hikes and Photography. It Doesn’t Get Any Better!

Silhouette preset in Nik's Silver Efex Pro 2. Even though the original photo had pretty sunrise color in the sky, I think the color detracted rather than added to the photo.

Silhouette preset in Nik’s Silver Efex Pro 2. Even though the original photo had pretty sunrise color in the sky, I think the color detracted rather than added to the photo.

Nearing the top of the first part of our hike, San Jacinto had some fierce cloud forms.

Nearing the top of the first part of our hike, San Jacinto had some fierce cloud forms.

Some 30 seconds of intense color while at the low angle just above the horizon.

Some 30 seconds of intense color while at the low angle just above the horizon.

This is called trail graffiti. The theme in this one location changes according to the whim of the artist who changes things up quite often. Jen says this is a Snowman.

This is called trail graffiti. The theme in this one location changes according to the whim of the artist who changes things up quite often. Jen says this is a Snowman.

Jen and I love our sunrises and sunset landscape photos but need a new subject to shoot. Hence we picked "motion" to do on the downhill portion of the hike.

Jen and I love our sunrises and sunset landscape photos but need a new subject to shoot. Hence we picked “motion” to do on the downhill portion of the hike. Like the other black and white, the overhead light now higher in the sky left the dull colored background undesirable. I like how Jen pops out more in the black and white version of this photo.

This color rendition is per LR's request.

This color rendition is per LR’s request.

Palm Springs, CA. Garston Trail’s Grand Skies.

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Jen took this photo of me clicking away:-) Thanks Jen!

Jen took this photo of me clicking away:-) Thanks Jen!

Jen and I went out for a 3:15pm hike tonight, hoping for some majestic skies. I threw my Speedlight into the camera bag, just in case. It came in handy. We didn’t get lots of color but we got lots of contrast. We both were so excited we didn’t even notice how cold it was.

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Once down from our hike we decided to see how much color we could see in the almost black sky. Setting the camera up on a rock with the two second timer engaged we got what we hoped for……color.

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San Jacinto Sun Bathed.

Bogurt Trail hike with Jen this morning in Palm Springs near the Indian Canyons.

Bogurt Trail hike with Jen this morning in Palm Springs near the Indian Canyons.

Sunday Lighting Play.

Jen and I wanted to move forward today on completing Unit 4 of the New York Institute of Photography course we are taking. I was really looking forward to getting back on track with studying, shooting and completing the course. So when JJ was here last week talking about an upcoming photo shoot he had and needed tips on portraiture photography I invited him to join me and Jen today.

Boy did we have fun using the small green guest bedroom for our home studio. It was cramped but we made it work. It was great learning from each other. And did we laugh a lot? Yes we did!

Here's JJ!

Here’s JJ!

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And, here is Jen!

And, here is Jen!

And me. Photo by JJ otherwise known as Jim Keener.

And me. Photo by JJ otherwise known as Jim Keener.

Amazing Evening Shots Of The Fire Up In The San Jacinto Range.

I happened to get a number of wonderful shots and hope you’ll check the rest of them out. Clicking this link will take you to my Portfolio website http://gottago.smugmug.com/Nature/Extreme-Skies/30590234_hVBScF#!i=2640610777&k=pXnXtrz. Selecting the Slideshow option once on this website will display the photos the best.

Jen and I went out in the golf (photographer's:-)) cart at Mission Hills CC. This particular shot was taken overlooking the lake on the 18th Pete Dye hole.

Jen and I went out in the golf (photographer’s:-)) cart at Mission Hills CC. This particular shot was taken overlooking the lake on the 18th Pete Dye hole.

Unbelievable Night Sky!

Incredible sky tonight. So sad the sky is so pretty as the result of our fire in the San Jacinto mountains.

Incredible sky tonight. So sad the sky is so pretty as the result of our fire in the San Jacinto mountains.

 

Prayers for all.

Prayers for all.

 

Just Another Night Out On the Pete Dye GC.

While driving through Mission Hills Country Club in my "Photography" cart (as opposed to Ray's golf cart) Jen and I found a couple of resident hawks. How do I know they were resident hawks? Because as I was stopped in the middle of the street shooting them a resident laid on her horn behind me (scaring Jen and me to death), and as she passed me as I pulled over she stopped to authoritatively lecture us on the fact that the hawks are there all the time. She left (after way too long) saying, "Well, I'll let you go now."

While driving through Mission Hills Country Club in my “Photography” cart (as opposed to Ray’s golf cart) Jen and I found a couple of resident hawks. How do I know they were resident hawks? Because as I was stopped in the middle of the street photographing them a resident laid on her horn behind us (scaring Jen and me to death). I pulled over, she then pulled up beside us, stopped and authoritatively lectured us on the fact that the hawks are there all the time. She left (after way too long) saying, “Well, I’ll let you go now.”

 

Jen watching and waiting for shots of the Jack Rabbits. She's using my 400mm 5.6 lens, hand held on her light camera body.

Jen watching and waiting for shots of the Jack Rabbits. She’s using my 400mm 5.6 lens, hand held on her light camera body.

 

See the bunny??????

See the bunny??????

 

 

 

 

Lovin’ The Color Lately.

Guess who...on the bump & grind this morning.

Guess who…on the bump & grind this morning.

After swimming at MHCC tonight Jen and I headed over to the main MHCC entrance for some sunset shots.

After swimming at MHCC tonight Jen and I headed over to the main MHCC entrance for some sunset shots.

Sometimes Backgrounds Are Too Hard To Pass Up.

I ask and Jen says yes! I can't believe she was willing to climb up on this post and pose. I wasn't allowed to talk while she was concentrating on her focus and balance. Had she fallen she was at great risk. But hey, anything for a photo:-)

I ask and Jen says yes! I can’t believe she was willing to climb up on this post and pose. I wasn’t allowed to talk while she was concentrating on her focus and balance. Had she fallen she was at great risk. But hey, anything for a photo:-)

Yes I was lower than Jen shooting upward but nevertheless Jen jumps higher than imaginable. And.....she was on a knife's edge ridge!

Yes I was lower than Jen shooting upward but nevertheless Jen jumps as higher than imaginable. And…..she was on a knife’s edge ridge!

Sometimes Jen becomes self conscious and can't figure out how to pose. I remind her she doesn't have the luxury of wasting time thinking of a pose with the clock ticking on how long the incredible background sunset will stay this great. She hates when I rush her. So I had to get up and show her that you just do ANYTHING, just move.

Sometimes Jen becomes self conscious and can’t figure out how to pose. I remind her she doesn’t have the luxury of wasting time thinking of a pose with the clock ticking on how long the incredible background sunset will stay this great. She hates when I rush her. So I had to get up and show her that you just do ANYTHING, just move.

And move she did!!!

And move she did!!!

At 8:30pm, having come down from our hike (really our photo shoot), I wanted to use the lamp light in the shopping center.

At 8:30pm, having come down from our hike (really our photo shoot), I wanted to use the lamp light in the shopping center.