I try real hard to get starbursts in my backlit images, whether they be landscapes or horses on the beach. It is really not that difficult to do with landscapes, just set the lens to a small aperture and aim into the sun...It gets a little trickier with horses running on the beach, because I have no control over the position of my subject...

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Horses on the Beach - Day 1

I took over 3000 images this morning!  Even I didn’t have the patience to look at them all.  After the first 2000 I was getting bleary eyed.  So in the grid mode of Lightroom I picked out several that I wanted to share...

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The Remaining 5 Amador County Poppy Images

.... I tried several techniques including isolating individual flowers; shooting through flowers to make soft blurs; over exposing to create pastels and more.  It was a fun hour! Let me know which is your favorite.

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Sea Lion Spectacular!

This morning I got to hang out with a pair of sea lions, on the American River...I approached the river around 7:30 this morning and was headed to an area west and down river of my usual spot when I heard the barking of sea lions coming from just up river...

I spotted the sea lions in the main channel, they were working their way down stream and I followed...Since the river is high, the current is strong, and it was difficult to try and stay a safe distance from the sea lions without getting carried down river and towards them.  It required a lot of back paddling and making small circles to double back.  It was really hard to photograph under these conditions...Read more and see all the pictures.

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