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Mar 27 Chino Hills Workshop Results

Had another workshop this past Saturday. I forget what it's like having Saturday off from work...hmm. I imagine it's nice, but I can't complain for getting to take some great people out to beautiful locales to teach them photography!

This past Saturday's workshop was in Chino Hills State Park - I love this park. The scenery is classic California and its rolling green hills never fail to relax a worried mind. After giving a few lessons about manual exposure, filtration, focal length, histograms and all that jazz, I thought I'd try to get a shot or two myself. The breeze was moving the grass a fair amount and I wanted to use a small aperture for the large depth of field, but that small aperture slowed my shutter down to something a little bit too slow with my polarizer on. I was about to raise the ISO up to compensate, but then I figured "why fight nature?" The grass blowing in the wind was actually quite beautiful, so why not communicate that in the image?

So instead of increasing the ISO and shutter, I kept the ISO low and slapped a 3-stop solid ND filter on the front of my lens and went for a long shutter to capture the movement on film (card?). This was my favorite composition for this effect. My settings were 0.3" at f/18 and ISO 100. I also had a circular polarizer, a 3-stop solid ND and a 1-stop split ND on the front of my lens.

To my students: You guys were a lot of fun to take out there! I hope you enjoyed the scenery, the knowledge and the company. Thank you all for coming and I hope to see you again soon!

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Mar 23 Quail Hill Workshop Results

Well, Quail Hill Trailhead is finally open again after some renovations and, although there weren't blankets of flowers, there were some lupine and goldfields in bloom for my March 23rd Quail Hill Workshop.

I snapped this quick shot at the end of the workshop as the sun was setting behind the hills. Looking back on it, I wish I'd captured a lupine instead of this grass because the purple flowers would have stood out nicely against the green background. This grass with the green on green color scheme is a little hard to see. But oh, well... The shot ain't horrible, so here it is. For those of you interested, I used a 2 or 3-stop split ND (can't remember which one) to darken the sky.

Thank you to my group of students for attending and for making this little outing so much fun!

For more information on all of my workshops including other Spring Wildflower Workshops, visit!

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!

For more information on all of my workshops including other Spring Wildflower Workshops, visit!