The Digital Photo Guy


by on Mar.17, 2010, under Articles, Photo Editing, Workshops

Yes Virginia, There Really Are Burrowing Owls

After 3 fruitless years of searching, I finally found and photographed burrowing owls in the wild. In fact, within one hour, I saw 4 of the cute critters and managed to get a photo with two in one frame.


The originals of two are shown below. If you can’t efficiently and effectively create the above photos in a few minutes with Photoshop Elements, you’re not getting full value out of PSE. Notice how I removed twigs in front of the owls for a better photo. The third was just cropped and had curves adjusted.


Desert Spring Wildflowers

The temperatures started warming up in the desert on Friday, 3/12 so we should be in peak bloom this coming Saturday and Sunday. There’s still space in the workshop. Remember, past students receive a 10% discount on all classes.

Here are some photos from last week. We used wide angle lenses to make small flower patches appear huge as well as telephoto lenses to “stack” the scene so everything seems closer together. The students were most amazed at the world as seen through a macro lens and learning to control depth of field in macros.



For a great place to stay, I recommend a cute trailer at Leapin’ Lizard RV Ranch in Ocotillo Wells, just 15 miles from Borrego Springs. I discovered it this past week and am totally amazed at what Deborah and Siegfried Kunkler have built there. They even erected two 40′ WiFi antennas so the whole park has free WiFi. Best of all, the trailers are as little as $60/night.

Topaz Labs FREE Webinar, April 7

Eric Yang of Topaz Labs will present a FREE webinar on Wednesday, April 7 at noon Central Daylight Savings Time (CDT). That’s 1PM EDT, 11AM MDT and 10AM PDT. To register, click here. If there’s still room, you’ll receive an e-mail confirmation in a few days.

If you belong to a camera club or other group, you’re welcome to project the webinar on a screen for the whole group to view.

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2 Comments for this entry

  • Harvey Cole

    Was that you that we saw parked at Peg Leg last week with a VW next to your rig? We saw 2 other View/navion on the same day. Lovely photos!
    Did you ever get the rust spots on your cowling checked by Dodge?
    Harv & Gwen

    • Lee

      Hi Harv & Gwen,
      That was Arbey the RV, Ribbit the Toad and me. I saw a newer Navion across Peg Leg Road on BLM land but didn’t see your rig. Arbey is my mobile digital darkroom for workshops. I’ll be back in Borrego Springs today to prepare for the 2nd Spring Wildflower Workshop. I want to get one of those bumper stickers from Borrego Springs that says, “I (heart) BS!”


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