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Fuller Mill Creek

I finally had some down time over the weekend (thanks to Christmas), so I thought I'd head out to get some pictures in a new location. After a little bit of research time on the net, I chose Fuller Mill Creek up in Idyllwild, CA. I was hoping for a snow-covered creek, and there was some snow, but just not so much on the creek. Nevertheless, it was fun to explore this beautiful little creek and now I now where to go when we get some new snow up there. Anyway, here are the results:

Have a Happy New Year!

Dec 19 Sunset in Crystal Cove Workshop Results

Well, my last workshop of the year (Sunset in Crystal Cove on December 19th) went great! The tide was the lowest I'd ever seen, the wildlife was out in force and the sunset had at least a little bit of color in it! The temperature was so nice that the beach was actually quite crowded for a December afternoon. Oh well, we still had a blast.

Here are my pictures from the workshop. You'll notice that a couple of the sunset shots have very rich warm tones whereas one has much bluer hues - the one with the bluer tones is more accurate to real life. Sometimes I like to hijack the White Balance function to work as a special effect when I feel it will work for the picture (like in this shot). The intent isn't to create a false representation of the sunset, but just to create a different artistic interpretation of the scene by utilizing a different color palette. I do it very rarely as I usually like to create pretty accurate tones to what I saw in real life. But in some cases, it just works. Enjoy...

^ This is a Brittle Star and it moves like an alien.

As always, thank you to all of my students for attending! It was great having you and I hope you all learned something valuable from this workshop!

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Dec 5 Kelso Sand Dunes Workshop Results

I know it's a little belated, but here are the results from the December 5th Sand Dunes Adventure Workshop! The weather was surprisingly cold, the dunes were empty as usual and the hiking was strenuous.

Thank you to Xavier for being such a great student and for sticking it out on the grueling hike to the top!

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