Deserts and Beyond

Deserts and beyond...places in and around the southern California deserts and beyond. Photo taken at Canyon Lake, in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona, December 2011. A few minutes later, after the sun disappeared, these cliffs were their normal color. They were only golden for a short time and I'm glad we were able to view them in their glory.






Sunday, January 23, 2011

Anza Borrego desert~Scenic Sunday and SOOC Sunday 012311




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!


8 comments:

Teresa said...

Wow, what a place there! I've never heard of it. Now that's DESERT. I need to take a photography class....I just point and shoot as well. My camera probably has the capabilities to go into a telephone booth and change into Superman and I wouldn't know!

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Rosadimaggio63 said...

Escursioni davvero interessanti e molto gratificanti.
Grandi foto.
Buona giornata :)
Myriam

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

Good for you!!! Switching from auto to manual is scary at first, but what freedom once you get used to it. Like you, I hate schlepping a tripod around. Purchased a monopod but haven't gotten used to it either. I'm a lazy photographer - AND good for you taking a field trip course. Excellent! Note To Self - do that! Great pics - beautiful place. Found you on Scenic Sunday.

KT said...

I always wonder if I should go to a beginning photography class. Would I listen to what they have to say? Or just stick to my point-and-shoot ways and hope for good shots.

Carolyn Ford said...

I haven't been out to Font's Point in some years but, it is such an awesome place! We don't have a car that could battle the road out there. The last time we went with someone else with 4-wheel drive. Congratulations for moving up to manual mode with your camera. I usually use Aperature Priority and let the camera choose the shutter speed...or, vise versa. I need to move play with manual more, too. Great pics of a great place!

Jan said...

Sounds like a wonderful day of learning.

Lynn said...

The trips sounds wonderful and the photos are awesome.

Nikki . said...

Amazing shots of the desert... so dry and barren... so textural... sounds like an amazing day... I haven't actually taken my new tripod that I received for Christmas out of its box yet so you are well ahead of me...