Hubby and I took a photo workshop out in the Anza-Borrego desert all day yesterday. I learned SO MUCH as a photographer. The first thing they said was for us to turn our cameras off "auto" and on to "manual". ACK! Now, I used to do this with my old Konica film camera and I was comfortable with it, but ("shhhh....!") I've NEVER done that with my digital one! I guess it was just laziness...??? Yes, I would just put it on auto and "point and shoot". Not anymore! Oh, and I had to use a tripod! Another 'ACK". Me? Schlepping a tripod around? But, everyone else there (including hubby) had a tripod, so I unwrapped my new one which I got for Christmas and set it up. First we did macro pics. Then, we drove out 4 miles to Fonts Point (you MUST have either a 4 wheel drive or a high carriage car like our XTerra for this road!). I even went sideways a couple of times and the other XTerra, which was following us, did too, but he never put his in 4 wheel drive! We ALL made it out to Fonts Point. From there, you can see all the way down through the Badlands to Mexico! :-) I just HAD to take a photo of another member of our group who hiked to a higher cliff (most of us were on this one). And, no, those aren't birds in the pics...I had dust on my polarizing lens! It was kind of dusty/hazy that afternoon, but I sort of like the effect. Scenic Sunday and SOOC Sunday for January 23, 2011. To visit Scenic Sunday, please stop by: http://scenicsunday.blogspot.com/. To visit Straight Out of the Camera Sunday, please visit: http://www.murrieta365.com/ Enjoy your Sunday!