Magical Moments at Joshua Tree National Park
When I am driving from one amazing location to another around the West & Southwest I realize that my life is a series of magical moments all strung together – like an amazing strand of pearls that I am so honored to wear. Each “pearl” a life changing and awe inspiring experience that I have had along the way. Even though I have really designed my life to be on the “nontraditional” side I sometimes have to pinch myself in amazement at the places I end up and things that I am so fortunate to see on my photo journeys.
Having just returned from another magical road trip to Joshua Tree National Park (aka JTNP) with awesome memories and even better photos I am once again reminded of why I love this park so much. When I lived in S CA from ’89 – ’98 I spent many days out at JTNP marveling at it’s mysterious beauty and trying to capture this “mysterious beauty” with my camera. I am happy to report that on this trip I think I did capture some of that mysterious beauty with both my DSLR as well as with my video camera. I completed another epsisode of my video series, “Cheyenne’s VERY Cool Life“. See for yourself as I take you with me and share what I see on this trip.
I was fortunate to meet up with good friend and a master photographer while I was here and while I am normally a solo shooter I SO enjoyed his infectious enthusiasm and it helped kick start my creativity. I think we fed off each others love for what we do for a living. With an early winter storm just moving through S CA the nights were chilly and for this desert girl that is usually a sign for me to stay put and snuggle in my warm sleeping bag. But with the moon shining bright and stars twinkling the coyotes called us to come out and play in the night. And boy did we – we would sneak up to campsites with roaring fires without them even knowing we were there and capture primal looking scenes from ancient days with shadows dancing on the rocks. We captured eerie shadows thrown off by back lit Joshua Trees and huge round boulders shimmering in the starry night. We were like kids in a cosmic candy store, giggling and creeping around setting up shot after shot. I am pretty sure I have not had that much photo fun in years and years. Thank you Mr. Wizard for your inspiration and fun spirit!
I was mostly shooting for HDR while I was here but knew not all of my landscape shots would be processed in Photomatix. When I got back to my office and began to process it was amazing how different the Photomatix results were on my photos – some more surreal and some feeling dreamy and some feeling more real – all in all each photo depicts how I was feeling when I shot it which is why I love HDR – it lets me translate my feelings into my photos and that is why I use it. No other process has ever done that for me or my photos so I am a lifer when it comes to HDR. I helps me to achieve my vision and for me that is everything.
I now offer an HDR class online – in my informal 43 minute video I take you through the basics of how you can apply HDR to your photos too and unleash your own creativity. My work has evolved since I started using Photomatix about 2 years ago – I love where it’s going and you will be able to do that with your photos as well – whether you a seasoned pro or an aspiring ameatur. I might be running an Online Class special price soon so be sure to check out my HDR Online Class page often.
Be sure to save 10 minutes and watch my latest episode of “Cheyenne’s VERY Cool Life”