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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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Missing Trips To The Salton Sea!

Jen, way too long ago, at the Salton Sea.

Jen, way too long ago, at the Salton Sea.

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A Couple More Photos From Sunday.

Jen working up to the hero shot. I like Jen's open mouthed smile and graceful movement.

Jen working up to the hero shot. I like Jen’s open mouthed smile and graceful movement.

The blue hour reflected on the track rails.

The blue hour reflected on the track rails.

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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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!

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.