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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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Fleeting but intense red San Jacinto.

Off in a while to Tejon Pass for a one day photography workshop with Jen and JJ to a workshop lead by Keith Skelton.
He’d been hoping for snow on the pass but we’re probably not going to have any snow even though there has been rain in the LA area. But this workshop is about making something out of nothing. Keith is good at that so I’m hoping I’ll learn some knew ways of seeing creatively.

Thanks to Ray coming in and telling me I might want to get up as the color is exceptional this morning, I got to see some brief, intense color on Mount San Jacinto.

Thanks to Ray coming in and telling me I might want to get up as the color is exceptional this morning, I got to see some brief, intense color on Mount San Jacinto.

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Framed Lake.

Shot on the way back from 4 holes of golf. West view over the San Jacinto range. Hoping for some snow or rain. We've had so little. The PCT hikers will probably have to avoid many a fire this hiking season.

Shot on the way back from 4 holes of golf. West view over the San Jacinto range. Hoping for some snow or rain. We’ve had so little. The PCT hikers will probably have to avoid many a fire this hiking season.

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.

Unexpected 60 Seconds Of Light.

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.

Don't blink or the light changes.

Don’t blink or the light changes.

One minute light show.

One minute light show.

Just before the light left the mountain beyond the golf course. Love the heart!!!

Just before the light left the mountain beyond the golf course. Love the heart!!!

Photography Wins Out.

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.

View from the balcony outside the Mission Hills CC bar. San Jacinto bathed in orange.

View from the balcony outside the Mission Hills CC bar. San Jacinto bathed in orange.

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.

The Golfing Ladies.

The Golfing Ladies.

 

 

 

Finally A Colorful Sunset.

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.

Treated this incredible sunset tonight with Topaz Adjust 5.

Treated this incredible sunset tonight with Topaz Adjust 5.

This is what the photo looked like before I took it into Topaz and treated it.

Original file, with mild Lightroom post.

Original file, with minimum Lightroom post editing.

San Jacinto Skylines Today.

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Night Sky HDR.

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While Out Watching The Rain….

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Seeing The Light At The End Of The Tunnel.

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.

View from my desk, focused on the heart in the vase from flowers Ray had given me a long time ago.

View from my desk, focused on the heart in the vase from flowers Ray had given me a long time ago.