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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Lightning and Very Interesting Cloud Colors!!!


The sprinklers and the sudden downpours soaked me, even using the umbrella to keep the moisture off my camera equipment.








Our home.







Quite An Adventure Last Night While Hiking.

This urgent, blaring phone sound went off at the beginning of Melissa and my hike on the Bump & Grind last night. It was a storm alert for high winds. We looked around and didn’t see any wind and continued on up the hill.

Near the top of our hike we decided to turn around short of where we normally turn around. While stopped in the dark near the bottom of the Bump & Grind, (after a call from Ray wondering why I wasn’t home yet) we became obsessed with trying to capture the lightning going off rapid fire in the east. We knew we should get off the trail as Melissa had to go back to Sandi’s and take care of her dog and I needed to get home to Ray, but we couldn’t leave thinking….”The next shot will capture the “perfect lightning flash”.

We kept shooting….UNTIL this humongous dust ball of gale force wind engulfed us. I covered my camera and we rapidly and quite fearfully descended to our cars.



Handheld while on a late finishing hike last night. Kept the shutter open and hoped I'd capture something.

Handheld while on a late finishing hike last night. Kept the shutter open and hoped I’d capture something.


Friday, Aug 23,2013
Just in from Terry Morse:http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/13829



I woke at 4am to Ray saying, “Linda, it’s lightning.” He knows how anxious I am to use the Lightning Trigger on my camera. I’d carried the trigger on both backpacking trips and sadly never had cause to use it.

Standing out on the wet lawn at 4:30am, unable to figure out why my Lightning Trigger wouldn't work, I used my shutter cable release, trying to pick just the moment the lightning would strike.

“They” say not to forget to turn and look all around you.

I turned around (after shooting toward San Jacinto) and shot our home in the eerie light.

I couldn't for the life of me figure out what the white light was behind the storm clouds until Mr. Moon appeared.

Now that day had dawned, I asked Ray to shoot me shooting the lightning.

Finally I realized I had the battery in backwards in the Lightning Trigger (but the lens cap on my camera WAS off!), and started using the Lightning Trigger to record the lightning.

Most of the golf course workers were huddled together under a large tree and and had stopped working for over an hour during this fierce storm. Not this worker.

I’m going to print this photo out for him.



Carried my Lightning Trigger that attaches to my camera on both the Whitney backpack and the CDT backpack I just returned from and never had the opportunity to use it.

All the way home from the airport Ray pointed out the lightning in our home skies. I quickly unpacked my backpack, got out the Lightning Trigger and tripod and walked outside to see if the lightning was strong enough (it was more flashes of lightning than bolt lightning) to register on the trigger.

The lightning flashed very low behind the palm trees on the left side of the photo. The pinkish glow on the right side is from city lights. I shot at a shutter speed of 5 seconds, manual focus, manual infinity distance, ISO 320 and aperture of f/4. This is what I got. The trigger only went off a small percentage of times during the diluted lightning strikes.

The moon illuminated the clouds a bit.

Lightweight lightning capture at home tonight.