The Digital Photo Guy

Happy New Year!

by on Jan.03, 2011, under Monday Morning Tips, Photos, Workshops

Wild Animal Park Workshop, Jan 8
Pin-Up Shoot – Sock Hop Theme, Jan 16
Flash Photography in a Flash, Feb 26
Palomar College – Spring 2011
Spring Desert Wildflowers, late March 2011

Photos to Start the New Year

I turned off my brain for the holiday season and forgot to turn it back on so all I have for today are some photos I made over New Years. We took the RV out to Salton Sea in hopes of photographing burrowing owls and sandhill cranes but, once again, we were thwarted. It turns out that burrowing owls are pretty smart and become very skittish during duck and goose hunting season. I guess I’d be skittish too if a bunch of people toting 12 gauge shotguns were roaming around my neighborhood. All we saw were their eyes, peering over mounds of dirt, very Kilroy-ish. The road to the sandhill crane area was so badly rutted that it would have taken an hour in the RV. We decided to try it again in the future when we have our off-road vehicle with us.

No visit to Salton Sea would be complete without a stop at Salvation Mountain on the outskirts of Slab City. For those who have never visited either, you need to hustle. The 79 year old man who has made Salvation Mountain his life’s work, Leonard Knight, is in poor health. His friends are urging him to retire and move out of the unheated truck (lower left in above photo) without running water or electricity. What will become of the Mountain without Leonard is unknown but it won’t be the same.

Every photo I’ve ever made or seen of Salvation Mountain is the same because it’s near impossible to capture the sheer scope and magnitude of Leonard’s work. This time, I tried to make a photo at dusk from the roof of my RV. It’s different but still doesn’t do justice to Leonard’s monument to God. Below is a pano made at the same time.

On the way back, we stopped in Borrego Springs for lunch at the El Borrego Mexican Restaurant and view the latest Ricardo Breceda sculptures. We like these so much that I’m trying to buy some of his work for our property in Arizona. I wanted a 12 foot T-Rex but my wife doesn’t think the neighbors will approve. I’m probably going to settle for a miner’s burro loaded with supplies. It should fit right in with the old mines that surround our place in Arizona.


We’ll be photographing some of these 50+ sculptures during the Desert Spring Wildflower Workshop in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in late March 2011 (below).

Workshops and Webinars

Wild Animal Park Workshop Rescheduled Due to Wild Weather, Sat, Jan 8

The WAP Photoshoot Workshop on Sat, Dec 18 has been rescheduled to Sat, Jan 8 from 9AM until 1PM. This is one of my most popular “hands-on” workshops. Learn how to get your camera under control by watching and listening to my demonstrations. Then, try it on your own camera with me by your side. Have a question? No problem, I’m right there to help. Register HERE. (You DO NOT need a PayPal account to pay via PayPal, just a credit card)

Sock Hop Theme Pin-Up Shoot – Sun, Jan 16, 2011

On Sunday, January 16, 2011, I’ll be photographing 3 cute models for a Sock Hop Pin-Up shoot. There’s no formal instruction but you’ll have the opportunity to work with me and a few other experienced photographers. There are 3 spots left. If you’d like to join me, send me an e-mail. There will be a $25 fee plus an $8 entrance fee for the venue. The $25 goes to the models for their time, makeup and accessories.

Flash in a Flash, Sat, Feb 26, 2011, 10AM-1PM

If your flash baffles and scares you, this workshop is for you. Learn to take control of your external flash (aka, Speedlite, Speedlight, strobe, etc) and make great flash photos that don’t scream, “This deer-in-the-headlights look created with FLASH!” Learn what all the knobs, dials, switches and menus do on the back of your expensive flash. Register HERE.

Palomar College – Spring 2011 Schedule Posted

Palomar College has posted my Spring 2011 classes. I’ll be teaching both Digital SLR for New dSLR Owners (Feb 1 & 3) and Beginning Adobe Photoshop Elements (Mar 1 & 3) via webinar so you can learn from the comfort of your own home computer. Back by popular demand is the my popular Hands-On Photoshoot (Apr 2) at Kit Carson Park in Escondido.

Spring Desert Wildflower Workshop, late March 2011

One of my perennial favorites, spring is a magical time in the desert when everything comes to life. Get down low for amazing macros of flowers. Get up high for gorgeous sunsets and landscapes. Make beautiful photos from almost every vantage point in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. More details as conditions in the desert firm up and I can better predict the spring bloom.


2 Comments for this entry

  • Jim Tidd

    Happy New Year Lee, and thanks for all the help you provided me in 2010. You have a way of explaining things in such easy to understand language that even a Canuk like myself can understand:)

    • Lee

      Hi Jim,
      Hope you’re getting great photos. It’s always a pleasure to work with talented photographers. As for communicating with Canuks, I find ending every other sentence with, “Eh?” works well!

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