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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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Salton Sea Photography Workshop Photos From This Morning’s Shoot.

I just got back this afternoon from a Salton Sea Workshop lead by Keith Skelton. I shot Thursday through Sunday and had a great time with the other photographers and also got some nice photos…..this is always a good thing!

I edited about 29 photos from today’s shoot and posted them all on my Smugmug Portfolio site. If you are interested in taking a peek, here is the link: http://gottago.smugmug.com/Classes-Workshops/20141205-Salton-Sea-Keith-Skelto/

Here is a teaser……

Arrived at the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge at 5:40am and we 11 photographers  all quietly waited for the action.

Arrived at the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge at 5:40am and we 11 photographers all quietly waited for the action.

 

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Out At 5:30am Before The Start Of Our Salton Sea Workshop At 3pm.

Geothermal plants everywhere make for nice dark photography shots.

Geothermal plants everywhere make for nice dark photography shots.

Lots of birds, no light!!! Boo hoo.

Lots of birds, no light!!! Boo hoo.

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Kept look back Northeast at this geothermal plant. So wanted this photo to have more contrast. Impossible.

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OOOh, did we get muddy walking around this morning. And driving is a little iffy on some of the dirt roads.

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Checked out a road in the Sony Bono Rec Area and found these guys. Too much mud to go further down the road. The hunters are camped here too.

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Leaving to go to have breakfast I couldn’t stop shooting away. Poor JJ. He was very hungry, but most patient with my obsessive photo taking.

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We really got skunked this morning on good light so trying to make a photograph without light is pretty difficult. Hence the enhancement border:-)

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I rented a wide angle lens….14 mm L series Canon and haven’t pulled it out to use it yet. This was taken from inside the car with my 16-35 mm L lens. I intend to use the wide angle lens low and close tomorrow!

Missing Trips To The Salton Sea!

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

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

Salton Sea Photo Ops Are Limitless.

Here is our Salton Sea Workshop Group photo, taken by our workshop leader, Keith. Here is the link to his website: http://www.keithskelton.com/.

Here is our Salton Sea Workshop Group photo. Group photo taken by our workshop leader, Keith Skelton. Here is the link to Keith’s website: http://www.keithskelton.com/.

Below is my favorite photo from our workshop weekend 12/6/13. To see lots more of the photos I shot, click here.

Salton Sea.

Salton Sea.

More Salton Sea.

Erika and Jen.

Erika and Jen.

Last Saturday at the Salton Sea.

Erika, Jen and I spent late afternoon and evening at the Salton Sea last week. What a joy. And what a great opportunity it was for me as Erika knows so much more than I about flash. This was a first shooting with a skilled photographer. I loved it. I keep saying I need to join a camera club and not be so solo learning photography. Anyone local reading this, let me know if you want to go shooting sometime, ok?

Erika taught Jen and me a lot.

Erika taught Jen and me a lot.

Jen.

Jen.

Erika shot this photo of me. She shoots with flash a lot and has an eye for when the light is right for what kind of shot.

Erika took this photo of me.

 

Erika knew this background would be great.

Erika knew this background would be great.

The shoreline is covered with dead Talapia.

The shoreline is covered with dead Talapia.

Before we headed out to light write an old Gas Station (I posted this picture a few days ago.), I took a couple of shots out over the Salton Sea.

Before we headed out to light write an old Gas Station (I posted this picture a few days ago.), I took a couple of shots out over the Salton Sea.

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What I’ve Been Up To.

Jen on our 5:30pm hike today. Training for next week's backpack is slow going these days for me.

Jen on our 5:30pm hike today. Training for next week’s backpack is slow going these days for me.

Erika and Jen at the Salton Sea.

Erika and Jen at the Salton Sea.

Two nights ago at the Salton Sea with Erika and Jen. Had a blast night light painting.

Two nights ago at the Salton Sea with Erika and Jen. Had a blast night light painting.

Last night we ended up shooting moonlit windmills.

Last night we ended up shooting moonlit windmills.

Roger drove up to our park cars while in the desert photographing the moonlit windmills. Thought we were in big trouble until we found out Roger shoots weddings and owns lots of camera gear. We had fun hanging with him for a while.

Roger drove up to our park cars while in the desert photographing the moonlit windmills. Thought we were in big trouble until we found out Roger shoots weddings and owns lots of camera gear. We had fun hanging with him for a while.

Salton Sea Sunset.

Went back one more time to the Salton Sea with Jen, my sister Leila and brother-in-law Dennis. We got lucky with one of those very unique opportunities where the clouds and the light make magic.

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I Love The Salton Sea.

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Jen's shot of me. We set up one Speedlite 580EX II, using a 1/2 cut orange gel.

Jen’s shot of me. We set up one Speedlite 580EX II, using a 1/2 cut orange gel.

Jen.

Jen.

Light color change from this perspective.

Light color change from this perspective.

After this sunset shot the color changed and I began liking the rest of the dark sky lighting.

After this sunset shot the color changed and I began liking the rest of the dark sky lighting.

Pointing my camera straight up after Jen noticed the ring around the moon. Eerie, especially on the day everyone's talking about the world coming to an end:-)

Pointing my camera straight up after Jen noticed the ring around the moon. Eerie, especially on the day everyone’s talking about the world coming to an end:-)

Me and my shadow.

Me and my shadow.

Obedience bird stands still for a 14 second exposure!

Obedience bird stands still for a 14 second exposure!

My favorite of the night.

My favorite of the night.

Another Visit To The Salton Sea.

Jen and I stayed long after sunset tonight photographing the the light in the sky when all seemed dark. Tomorrow I’ll be posting many more photos. We seemed to have had some very special lighting.

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