Just when I thought we had a fizzle of a sunrise on the Bump & Grind hike a couple of days ago, Jen and I were given 60 seconds where we experienced the payoff of a special light show.
It’s getting to be that time of the year again. A time of light show surprises.
Tonight I was at a meeting for the Mission Hills Country Club Hiking Club Group that Bonnie, the other leader, set up. This is a hiking group I started up for Mission Hills CC members in 2007. I lead Saturday hikes until last season. The purpose of the meeting was to get other hikers willing to be leaders. I don’t know what will happen to the hiking club but it’s time for me to make more time for myself and for my husband.
It’s been difficult for me to let go of this commitment. Tonight sitting in the bar/lounge area with the other 19 members I started to doubt my decision to stop leading the Saturday hikes………until I looked out the floor to ceiling west facing room’s wall of window and was rocketed back to reality by the color over the San Jacinto mountains.
I’d brought my camera (presumably to shoot some of the hiking club members….which didn’t happen), picked up my camera, pushed my chair back from the large round table filled with the hiking members and raced outside. I made it to peak color in time and didn’t even worry what the others who were wrapping up the meeting thought. I knew the incredible color in the sky was a message. I quickly forgot about the self doubt I had about leaving the hiking club.
As I was shooting a group of female golfers who’d been in the bar walked outside. I heard them say, “There’s a professional photographer, let’s ask her to take our photo.” I saw they had their iPhone in hand. I said, “Sure, I’ll take your photo. Wait here, I’ll be right back.” Ever-ready photog that I am, I ran in and grabbed the Speedlight Flash I just happened to threw into the bag with the hiking books and maps!
I took 2 shots of the ladies and promised to email them their photos. Then they asked me to take a photo with their iPhone of course.
On my Canon 5d Mark III, I had the Flash on Evaluative Mode (on camera) of course, but hope the ladies will like the photos I just emailed them.
I had a feeling tonight’s clouds might produce a colorful sunset so I parked myself by the lake shore and waited.
When I looked at the sunset shots I’d taken once back home I wasn’t thrilled. So I took this photo into Topaz and jazzed it up a bit with Topaz Adjust 5.
I like the red and black moody look.
This is what the photo looked like before I took it into Topaz and treated it.
In celebration of Ray having had 5 relatively good days, I picked up my camera.
Only 7 more weekdays of radiation before Ray is done with his cancer cure of first 5 weeks of chemo, followed by 7 weeks of radiation.
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.