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Today I’d like to share with you our road trip to Big Bear in Southern California.  But before I get started I also would like share with you an amazing email I received this morning.  Chloe is writing about one of my images for a project she is doing, she asked me some questions pertaining to the piece, which is always fun because I love to talk shop.   Truthfully, I didn’t expect this:

“Thank you for this information it has really helped.

Once I am a little further into my project I could email you some of my work I have done if you would like.

I would just like to say how beautiful your images are and how inspirational they  are not only from the botanical series but from the other to . I really love your work So thank you for what you do .

Thank you again

Chloe :)”


This is what keeps me going!!   It’s a pleasure to connect with people who love the craft of Fine Art Photography.  Thank you Chloe and to all of you who take time to comment and connect with me via WWW.  Please feel free to go to my social networking sites (above right) and follow me, I will most definitely reciprocate and/or you can sign up for this blog post below my fun social network buttons.



Our trip:

It’s been really hot and sticky in Southern California so we decided to go up our local mountains.  Big Bear was the destination…and what a blast we had.  We took the Jeep off-road and stopped to hike a bit.  The weather was perfect!  The Pine below is very different from the pines in Idaho or the North West.    These are beautiful too..they have character 🙂




Here is Kevin…he’s always helping me find the perfect area for a photo opp.  I’ve tried to get him to pick up the camera but he’s happy observing our locations and being patient while I setup shots, so all is good.


Kevin in Big Bear California

Check out the clouds…I knew we were going to have an amazing sunset.

Road Trip Big Bear

And boy did we!  The clouds were blood-red and so beautiful!  I was setup on a bridge in Big Bear with many other people doing the same thing as me and Kevin…enjoying/photographing this beautiful Sunset!


Sunset in Big Bear, California.

Sunset in Big Bear, California.

A couple more….The lake was blood-red too!  Crazy…I didn’t bump up the saturation much it was really like this.


California Sunset

California Sunset


The sunsets were processed in Photomatix and Lightroom.  I received a discount from Trey Ratcliff ; check out his amazing work and grab that discount for HDR processing.

Hope you all have an amazing road-trip soon.  Remember, I have an e-book with video tutorials for only $10, but just for you blog readers… receive 50% OFF by using this code:  BBROADTRIP

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Janice  Sullivan

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