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Beauty Among The Teas
When a small group of photographers recently descended upon a local tea shop, it was vendor beware.
The salesperson at Cochrane’s “Tea and Other Things” couldn’t have contemplated the imminent invasion upon granting her meek consent. She was overwhelmed. A lovely model and her lens toting entourage rearranged the furniture, rebuilt the product showcase and attempted to replace tea with beauty (well, tea can be beautiful too). The saying, “anything for the shot” could wreak havoc when this group landed, bag and baggage (photographers never travel lightly), on a quiet, little haven of lifted pinky and afternoon dainties.
Warning to all teashop owners; wish for a bull instead of photographers once they commence painting this canvas. Posing and directing requires concentration. Getting the right composition menas hitting the floor, climbing on furniture, and, heaven forbid, backing up without looking. Wary owners have to hold their ground once the visionary photographer has a “concept” for a winner. Grab the Samovar, all hands on deck as the cameras move between dainty cups and saucers or tea travel mugs. The photographers are on the scene and, no holds barred, where there is a pretty lady and a magic box, passion rules over china. Model mayhem has a whole new meaning when teapots and their aromatic infusions are the background. Be forewarned, they whisk out as quickly as they descend upon your premises, leaving a trail of promised images and future tea purchases in their wake.
Kudos to Tea and Other Things, Cochrane for opening their door to Laura Phaneuf (model), Greg Harder and Lisa Pintaric and myself, who actually only left the possibility of destruction behind.
The Salton Sea – American White Pelicans
There are a lot of pelicans at the sea; mostly American White Pelicans although the less common, endangered Brown Pelicans can be part of the mix. American White Pelicans rival Trumpeter Swans in the longest birds native to North America race and often it is the pelican taking the trophy by a beak (for Trumpeter Swans see also http://heathersimondsphotography.com/2012/12/09/swans-a-trumpeting/ ). You can tell it is breeding season by the vivid orange beak and iris, and a laterally flattened horn above the bill. Don’t expect much diving activity from these big birds (diving is for the Brown Pelicans); Americans catch their prey while swimming. These “fisherbirds” eat several pounds of fish a day so keeping the Salton Sea fish stocks is necessary for their continued stay at this bird resort. With plumage almost entirely bright white, American White Pelicans offer a particular photography challenge where highly reflective water or bright sky is usually the background (a similar problem finds its way into winter snow photography). Darn that 18% grey-fooled again! The Salton Sea is abundant in opportunities to practice shooting these birds if you want to finesse capturing large, white water birds often within close proximity from the beach, no bird blind required here. From March until well into the fall plan for a scorching beach made up of barnacles instead of sand. Crunch! Ouch! Crunch!