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Mar 20 Anza-Borrego Desert Workshop Results

I was thoroughly reminded of the popularity of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in springtime this past Saturday when I led a group of photographers out to capture the wildflowers. There were a couple of events going on in the city of Borrego Springs and the photographers were out in droves. The visitor center was a zoo, the streets were full, but the scenery was great.

There weren't as many wildflowers in the south end of the park as there were last year, but the north end was looking pretty good with some healthy patches of Sand Verbena, Desert Dandelion and a lot of really fat caterpillars. We photographed these flowers in the north end for a couple hours before heading out to Mine Wash at sunset to capture some of the more classic desert scenery with Cholla Cactus (a.k.a Teddy Bear Cactus) and Ocotillos dotting the landscape. I only took one picture from the day, and here it is:

My group of students were a blast to teach! Thank you all for coming and making this workshop great for me! I hope to see you all again real soon!

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Slot Canyons Workshop Pictures

My California Slot Canyons Workshop in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park held this past Saturday went great! The temperatures were warm but the crowds were gone and we had the canyons virtually to ourselves! Here are my pictures from the day:

By the time we made it to Palm Slot, the light was fading. To add a little more interest to the bland lighting of the canyon, I used a wirelessly-triggered strobe bounced off the canyon wall with a CTO gel on it and my camera set to tungsten white balance. This created deep blue shadows with a contrasting warm light. The last one in this series is my personal favorite from the day.

As usual, Iíd like to thank all of my students for attending! You guys were a pleasure to work with and I hope you all learned something new from this workshop!

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Anza-Borrego Desert

I went to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park this past Thursday to get some shots of the Spring bloom. I'd never been to Anza-Borrego before, so I didn't really know what to expect, but overall, I really enjoyed the trip. The flowers were plentiful and the weather was nice. Lots of Brittle Bush, Desert Dandelion and Lupine. The Ocotillo cacti were also in bloom, which was great.

Even though what drew me out to this park in the first place was the flowers, that wasn't where I ended up getting my best pictures. Truthfully, I was only marginally pleased with my flower landscape attempts. Things just weren't vibing for me, I guess.†

I did, however, spend some time in The Slot where I got some great pictures. I spent around 2 hours in this narrow slot canyon and didn't see a single person while I was out there! The lighting was dramatic in many spots and the experience was so much fun. I'd never been in a slot canyon before and I was just blown away by it.

For this one ^ I threw some sand into the air to bring out the shaft of light.

It's a good thing I'm in shape because some of the canyon barely fit me with my backpack on.†

Tight quarters in The Slot.

Later on, I went out to Village Site to get some flower landscapes. Again, the results are just mediocre, but I still had fun. I tried my luck at some star trail shots, but didn't do too well (I've never really mastered that). I did get one nighttime shot I was pleased with.