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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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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.

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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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Palm Springs Gay Pride Parade.

Jim, Stacy and I went to the Palm Springs Gay Pride Parade today.

Stacy playing with her (soon to be old) camera.

Jim HAD to wear this shirt.

I couldn’t help myself. I will be posting a link to some of the Parade photos soon once I go through the way too many photos I shot today.

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