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I had the opportunity to shoot with the awesome Felicity while I was visiting Singapore!

Guest Room
Guest Room

I am not a world traveler in any sense, and though I have thought about doing some international travel for photography, I'm pretty much at home out in the deserts here in southern California. Then a few months ago I was invited to visit Singapore.
Heart & Soul
Heart & Soul

We managed to get in some shooting during my stay, one rainy afternoon in the hotel we were able to catch some superb natural light.
Window Light
Window Light

I don't know what else to say about working with Felicity, the pictures pretty much speak for themselves, she's a joy to work with. Just as when she was here and we were shooting in the desert, things simply work well when we shoot together, we have such similar aesthetics and appreciation for photographic art.
Transposed
Transposed
Hands
Hands

My heart feels full and I feel incredibly blessed to have found her, and to have the opportunity to experience all this. Felicity and Singapore have been a dream come true and with any luck this is only the beginning.
Savor
Savor

On street photography... "Out here, nothing is prepared. Nothing cooperates with you.. not the weather, not the subjects, not the situation. You have to make do with what's available. That's a very big challenge. But on few occasions when all the elements just come together, and you're at the right place at the right time, the feeling of 'getting that perfect shot' just doesn't compare to anything else." ~Danny Santos II (Singaporean photographer)

My books...
Pearl
Pearl - Taken By The Magic

Portfolio
Portfolio 2011

Desert Nudes
Desert Nudes

My Blog:
Always
By far the most wonderful event that happened this year was on a personal level, I got engaged to the most attractive and captivating woman. We met on a photo shoot in the desert which is no surprise I suppose, become instant friends the first day out and our relationship flourished rapidly from there. I have such a good feeling about where this is all heading, for us as a couple and our work as a team in photography. There is an amazing level of satisfaction and compatibility between us and I feel extremely fortunate to have found her.

It was a year of new adventures and good times, some with people I met for the first time and many with some cherished friends that I've worked with for years. It was another year of countless blessings, doing something I love dearly with the most amazing people I've met. I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the following...

Pearl
Running Aground
January 1, 2012 and Pearl and I were out in the desert, this year, the same as last year, my first and last shoot of the year was with my dear friend. We went out 17 times in 2012 and every shoot was amazing, a couple of years ago I told her I would never get tired of working with her, she didn't believe me, probably still doesn't!

Erin
Between Earth & Sky
In January I was very fortunate to be able to attend the annual Photo LA party hosted by Patrick Alt, so much photographic talent in one room! During the event I got to meet Erin the Artist, a very talented self portrait artist and also had the opportunity to work with her. Erin, Pearl & I went out to shoot in Lucerne Valley during her visit to LA.

Holly
California
Also in January I got the chance to work with Holly Loveday, I had been a fan of her work for a couple of years and it was fantastic to finally get to meet her in person, we actually worked together twice in 2012, she's so sensational.

Pearl
Distant Shores
Also in February I was asked to contribute work to the 2nd edition of The Atlas of Contemporary Nude Photography "EROTICA", a wonderful honor!

itzel
Slipping Away
Then, before the month ended I got the chance to work again with Itzeeru, it had been over a year since our last shoot and it was so great seeing her again, we worked out near Indio and I was able to capture images for my flower series. I love working with her so much!

Conundra
Always
Conundra and I have worked together going on 4 years and we got to go out 3 times in 2012, this image is from a very special shoot, she had introduced me to Pablo Neruda, The Captain's Verses. As I was reading through them I found one that really hit home for me, "Always", it was so great to collaborate like this, truly a special memory.

Katz
Sweetwater Bridge
In February I had the pleasure of working for the first time with Katz Pajamaz! What an amazing person and incredible personality, she is art. Her drawings are fantastic and her modeling, wow, we went looking for locations and ended up in the mountains, it was so cold I had thoughts of giving up and trying again at a later date, Katz wouldn't hear of it, "Just get the shot" she told me, "I can always warm up afterwards."

Lightbox
Lightbox Gallery
A photo I had done with Pearl was accepted Lightbox Gallery's show, "The Artistic Nude" and I was able to make the trip up to Oregon with Pearl. It was an incredible weekend, the opening was well attended and there was a lot of beautiful art on display, we also got to spend time with my daughter Jennifer who lives up there.

Iota
Rock Castles
In March I was able to get together with Iota Art whom I had met a couple of years ago at a DM Gremlin open house events in Long Beach, she had taken a short hiatus from shooting and chose me to shoot with upon her return. We went out 3 times in 2012 and each time was just amazing, she's so graceful and artistic, she also does these amazing drawings and has a seemingly endless supply of ideas and concepts, it was an honor to get to work with her.

Brooke
Watching The World Go Round & Round
On a very unseasonably cold morning in April I went out to Lucerne with Brooke, part shoot and part just desert adventure, yes, that is snow on the hills and we had quite a time trying to keep warm. You wouldn't know it by the pictures though, when it comes to photography and the desert Brooke is 100% enthusiasm, and it is addictive.

Wyldcat
The Workshop
Another first time for me was getting to work with Wyldcat at the end of April, what a great day and what a talented model! This shoot started out wild in fact, 5 minutes after arriving at the first location a group of 3 showed up who were there to do a fashion shoot, so we drove on to a second location and after shooting for 15 minutes some guy shows up there to eat his lunch. We kept moving and at the third spot captured the image above, the rest of the day went perfectly though and we got great pictures.  

Shelby
Get Back Here
In May I met the absolutely wonderful, beautiful and enchanting Shelby Katz, I got to work with her 3 times in 2012 and each time was exceptional! Shelby is so much fun to work with, her positive attitude and fun loving personality is absolutely contagious, and might I say, addictive.  

Rusty
Ages
I also had the opportunity this year to work with 2 male models, I worked with Rusty Shacklford 3 times in 2012, he's incredibly creative and enthusiastic, with many great ideas for images, one of the best things about Rusty is out on location he is always thinking ahead.

Eric
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Eric was also great to work with and was a great accompaniment to Shelby Katz, I worked with them together twice in 2012 and it turned out to be great fun!

Linus
Linus Gallery
On June 15th I got to attend the opening of "Nude But Not Rude", to my surprise NevaehLleh, Pearl, Wyldcat with her SO and my friend Dave and his SO also showed up. There was a lot of really great art on display and the event was very well attended, NevaehLleh and I also did a video interview for the show which was posted on the gallery's web site.

Mila
Study Of Form
Later in June I had the great pleasure of working again with Mila, who was traveling through southern California on her way to northern California on a road trip. She let me have a day with her for a grand desert adventure and we took full advantage of it, starting in Apple Valley we eventually made our way up the truck trail through the San Bernardino mountains and back to Orange County.

Felicity
Take It Back
I had admired Felicity's self portraits for quite some time, and when the "unlikely" event happened that we got to shoot together, it was magic. We took a 3 day road trip at the end of July and I was smitten, but this only served to whet our appetite for more time together. We made a plan for her to return a month later then we did 3 additional road trips and spent 18 days together. Felicity is an incredible artist and photographer as well as a writer, her creativity just flowed and I'm looking forward to many more times shooting together with her in 2013.

2013
2013 Calendar
At the beginning of October Felicity and I created a calendar of our best work from the time we spent in the desert.

Pearl
Pearl - Taken By The Magic
In October I published a book of my work with Pearl, 'Taken by The Magic' which covers 2 years and all the genres of work we've done together. I will always love working with her.    

Alessandra
What Can I Say
In December I met Alessandra, (the subject of my previous blog), we were scheduled to shoot once more prior to the end of the month but time was too short and the weather here had gotten really cold. I am looking forward to getting together with her again in 2013.

Just before the end of the year I found out that I passed 10 million views on my photos on Pbase. Hard to believe these photos have been seen so many times, this number is simply staggering to think about.

I'm looking to 2013 with much hope and anticipation, Felicity and I already have quite a list of ideas and concepts to begin working on as soon as we can. I'm also looking forward to continuing work with some of these other amazingly talented and creative people, with any luck it will be another year of art and magic.


"As far as I am concerned, I can only say how much I regret such an admirable discovery should have come so late! The possibility of studying such images would have had an influence on me that I can only guess at from the usefulness which they have now, even in the little time left me for more intensive study. It is the tangible proof of nature's own design, which we otherwise see only very feebly." ~Eugene Delacroix (26 April 1798 13 August 1863) - quoted in "French Primitive Photography", Philadelphia 1969 [cited in "From today painting is dead The Beginnings of Photography" (catalogue of exhibition in The Victoria & Albert Museum 16 March 14 May 1972 p. 48), caption to item no. 532 showing photographs of nude models taken from an album belonging to Delacroix. The models are said to be in poses arranged by Delacroix.]

My books...
Pearl
Pearl - Taken By The Magic

Portfolio
Portfolio 2011

Desert Nudes
Desert Nudes

My Blog:
Always
On December 3rd I received an email from someone who had found my work online, Alessandra told me she was writing to request a photo session with me. She said "Your work is the first I have seen to integrate this warm setting with the naked body, in such a tasteful and classy manner."
Songs
These Are The Songs

In my reply I asked about her availability, but also mentioned that the weather conditions in the deserts, in December, can be quite unpredictable. I didn't want her first experience modeling to be her last.
Daylight
Nothing On Daylight

After trading a few brief messages via email and text we set a date to go out and shoot on the 9th, the forecast seemed most promising in the low desert where the high temperatures were predicted to be in the 70's, but with winds so the canyons seemed a good choice. The high desert was more iffy with temps in the mid 60's, so our destination was still somewhat up in the air.  
Distance
Soft Distance

Looking back now I don't know if it would have made any difference, Alessandra was amazing and never for a moment did I think about it being her first time, or our first time shooting. The weather was perfect, warm with a slight breeze, it was simply a beautiful day to be out in the desert.
Coins
Coins In The Well

I can't wait to get together with her again.  
Keep
Keep Me

"Every artist, in a sense, is missionary. He tries to convey a message to his fellow man he communicates the awesome presence of truth and beauty he discover in the world around him, in its lakes and mountains, trees, rocks and plants, in its living creatures. Down through the centuries poets, sculptors, painters and now photographers, have also been striving to grasp and immortalize the beauty of the human body, both male and female. I see in these forms the elemental relationship to the large forms of nature; a sense of strength like a rock fluidity like water space like a mountain range. If I have chosen the female form in particular, it is because beauty has been debased and exploited in our sensual twentieth century. We seem to have a need to turn innocent nature into evil ugliness be the twist of the mind. Woman has been target of much that is sordid and cheap, especially in photography. To raise, to elevate, to endorse with timeless reverence the image of woman, has been my mission the reason for my work." ~Ruth Bernhard
What
What Can I Say

My books...
Pearl
Pearl - Taken By The Magic

Portfolio
Portfolio 2011

Desert Nudes
Desert Nudes

My Blog:
Always
EDIT:  Good through December 12, 2012 get $10 off a book by using the code: GIVE10

"In a world still largely stigmatized against nudity, one begins to wonder what it is that inspires these people towards works like theirs." ~Felicity
Find her book here: www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail…

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In her just published book, Pieces of White, Felicity tells the story of how she began doing self portrait nudes, and has included 37 of her best images. This book is exceptional, it is a very personal and intimate look into who Felicity is and how she began shooting self portraits, it's about turning adversity into opportunity.
Self-Censorship Tres
Self-Censorship Tres

"My story has its origins rooted deep in the coercion and craving for acceptance in a particularly damaging teenage relationship." ~Felicity.
Ridges and Bumps
Ridges and Bumps

Her work is truly exceptional, as is her attitude, she is a pleasure to be around and hopefully I will get the chance to be with her and work with her a long into the future.
Afternoon Whimsies
Afternoon Whimsies

"The second turning point, then, hit one morning when I glimpsed strong sunlight on myself. And, once you've seen the light, it's not something you can, or want to, let go of." ~Felicity
Light Waves
Light Waves

"To date, natural light is still my favourite light source for pictures, for the richness it gives to the gradients in photographs." ~Felicity
Chasing Shadows
Chasing Shadows On Rainy Days

Once she saw the light, her work took on an entirely new meaning and took on a new direction, Felicity has been able to elevate her work from snapshot to fine art. I highly recommend this Beautiful book!
Straight Edges
Straight Edges

My books...
Pearl
Pearl - Taken By The Magic

Portfolio
Portfolio 2011

Desert Nudes
Desert Nudes

My Blog:
Always
Featuring art model Pearl, :icongoofgirl:

This book is a compilation of work we have done over the past 2 years, many of the photographs have never been posted.
Find it here: www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail…

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It wasn't long after our first photo shoot that I truly began to realize who I had found. Pearl's personality, appearance and style fit seamlessly into my work. We were loving the images that we created and from that more ideas and concepts began to flow, so we started working together as often as we could. For the past 2 years we've literally traveled thousands of miles and spent countless hours doing something we both honestly love and enjoy - Pearl will tell you that we are anything but normal and maybe that's true. In my defense I can only offer this humble tribute.

Dance With Me

"Every shoot we've done is an adventure, and putting your heart, soul and energy into something you love is what this is all about." ~Pearl

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"I've had the pleasure of working with David, the "D" in D. Winge Photography. The man is an inverse hurricane. He is a calm, quiet force of nature on the outside with a stormy, passionate soul that makes itself known through the unblinking, hard eye of a camera. This combination of calm passion allows models to be comfortable to reach, explore and experiment. I've also watched David work with Pearl. While they shoot they speak far less than one would think. Pearl reaches, David captures and together they make art." ~Dave, Luminon Photography

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"Photographing someone is one of the most intimate things you can do between two people, capturing a little piece of their soul, one frame at a time. It requires a real amount of trust and respect to get something amazing, but the relationship between the Muse and Photographer is something altogether different. A Muse inspires the photographer to be better, they bounce off each other to create something more than either could do individually. The Muse/Photographer relationship not only needs trust and respect but also requires friendship in order to really flourish, if you put all these elements together the images that come from it are always that much better. This relationship is evident in the work that David and Pearl produce because all of their images display this certain magic that can only come from this sort of connection." Scott James Prebble

My Blog:
Always
We did a 2013 Desert Nude Calendar !!
Featuring art model Felicity, :iconagxposed:

And we would especially appreciate if you could purchase several copies, and/or be so kind as to pass this link along to places where people might be interested, thank you so much.

Fly Again
Fly Again

Felicity traveled to southern California in July & September to shoot with me in the desert, we had a great time and we created some amazing images, so we have chosen a few of our favorites to share in a new 2013 calendar!
Clicking on any image in the journal should take you to a full preview, or go to my gallery.

Do You Love
Do You Love

Proceeds from the sale of these calendars will go right back into making more pictures, we are anxious to go out and shoot more.
And you could help us tremendously by purchasing a calendar or prints, and we would be ever so grateful.  

Take It Back
Take It Back


"A man's work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened." ~Albert Camus

My Blog:
Always
Shooting with the beautifully enchanting Felicity, :iconagxposed:
Twist of Fate Part 2

During her recent visit to the states we had the opportunity to meet and work together on a 3 day desert road trip at the end of July, well, we had so much fun doing this together that shortly after leaving we made plans for her return. Felicity returned to southern California near the end of August and we were able to work togehter again for three additional weekends. I have many photos to edit but here are a few from our time together...

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Framing The Shot

World
In All The World

Walls
Walls Of Stone

Fly Again
Fly Again

Shadows
Shadows Of Another Story



My Blog:
Always
More Amazing manipulations of my work by phenomenal artist and friend,  :iconzanck19:

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Untitled

Postcard
Postcard

Dark Angel
Dark Angel

End Of Days
End Of Days

Flying To Paradise
Flying To Paradise

Sea Rocks
Sea Rocks

Pain
Pain

My Blog:
Always
Almost a year ago I happened to find a very gifted self portrait artist here on dA, Felicity :iconagxposed: and was immediately enchanted by her style and exceptional work. Not just that either because like me, she enjoyed experimenting with light & form, color & shadow and as we commented on each other's work our conversations sometimes continued on in notes. Among our discussions at one point I asked about working with another photographer, thinking of myself of course and truly was not surprised by her response when she said, it wasn't very likely that we'd ever meet in person.

I guess the saying is true about being careful what you wish for because in a twist of fate and one amazing opportunity, we did in fact meet. And not only did we meet but we just did a 3 day desert road trip and photo shoot. I feel so incredibly blessed and very thankful that I can write this, it is an amazing feeling and a dream come true that I can post, Felicity in my deserts...

Take It Back

Trona

Salton Sea

Lucerne

And a photo of Felicity at work
Felicity

My Blog:
Always
My interview for Project Educate was posted today, clicking on the image below will take you there :)

Interview




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Shooting more with the Holga 120N, and loving the results.
I'll get the hang of this little camera yet!

Together

Beware

Together

Together

Together

Together



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Last night was the opening for "Nude But Not Rude" at Linus Galleries in Pasadena, California.
It was such an honor to have my work included in this show and an incredible treat to have the wonderful NevaehLleh :iconnevaehlleh:, Pearl :icongoofgirl:, Wyldcat and Dave :iconluminonphotography: there with me to enjoy the show.

Together

Beware

Together

Together

Together

Together

Together

Together

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I just found out my image "Zenith" with the incredibly talented NevaehLleh :iconnevaehlleh: has been accepted to the upcoming show "Nude But Not Rude"

Zineth

Opening reception Friday June 15 (I hope to see you there)
Pasadena Gallery
545 S. Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105
Linus




My Blog:
Always
First of all, we had a glorious time in Astoria, Oregon for the opening of "The Photographic Nude 2012" at Lightbox Photographic  

It's an honor to have my work accepted for the show but not only that, I had the extreme pleasure of Beautiful company, art model Pearl :icongoofgirl: and my daughter Jennifer were there with me at the opening. And what a very beautiful and enchanting area, if you've never been there you are missing a bus load of charm and friendly people. Pearl has some photos she took while we were there in her dA gallery, gorgeous!
Missing Me
Pearl & David

Missing Me
Lightbox Photographic

Back in southern California and back to the craziness, I'm pretty much on target with my next book, I have some submissions that have to be in this week ACK!! As the bills pile up and up, but I did take a day to shoot with the incredibly amazing Conundra :iconconundra: for her 'The Captain's Verses' project, which is also very much an honor to be a part of.

Always
Always

I am so blessed to have such wonderful artistic people in my life, have the support of my kids and family and the families and loved ones of those I work with, life just keeps getting better!

My Blog:
Always
I'm honored to have work included in this upcoming show!
"The Photographic Nude 2012" at Lightbox Photographic  
March 3rd – April 4, 2012.

My work, "Missing Me" with art model Pearl :icongoofgirl: was chosen for this exhibit.
Missing Me

Artists opening reception Saturday March 3, 6-9 pm
Lightbox
1045 Marine Drive   Astoria, Oregon   97103-4219

Pearl and I will be attending the Artist's Reception March 3rd.
We hope to see you there
I have been continuing my flower project, I currently have 9 images, but I would like to do at least 12. For this I need more models, sooo if this is something you would like to be part of, you are, or will be in the vicinity of Orange County, California and have a bit of spare time, please send me a note :)

These are sample images from the project, not necessarily finished works.
I am shooting the entire series with a plastic Holga camera and Kodak color film.

Pearl

NevaehLleh

Conundra

Madrid

My Blog: Blog
Not too long ago I happened upon a statement posted online from a well known art nude photographer, he was responding to critics who had apparently said something disparaging regarding his recent foray into a more daring form of art nude photography. His point was that he worked with all kinds of models, some more daring than others, some more open minded perhaps, and one in particular with an appreciation for a more erotic genre of work. He was explaining this fact and also that he will at times just shoot what the model gives him, it's their pose or their look or it's their form of creative expression, right or wrong who is to judge? And I know exactly where this photographer was coming from because unlike a paid job where you are compensated for pleasing someone else, when you shoot for yourself or collaborate with someone you're doing your own thing.

This relates in a way to the work Pearl & I have done, we've done all kinds of concepts and ideas, visited different places and explored different styles and looks. We've expressed many different ideas and shared with each other work of other artists we admire, we share much the same aesthetic values and appreciation for all photography that is done well. We have gone through an evolution of sorts as we learn and experiment, to say, each photo shoot has its own period of trial and error. And for those that have followed our work I'm sure you can see the changes, a progression, or evolution of ideas and even genres as Pearl & I moved from outdoors to in, sunlight to room light, deserts, abandoned buildings, Main Street, from nudes, clothes to covered in mud!

I love the work Pearl & I do, which should be quite obvious and we have plans to shoot quite a bit this year, all kinds of ideas, concepts and projects. Many of you know we are doing a book together, which is near completion and will include a bit of everything we've done and many images never before posted. Our last shoot included some erotica because in talking about art we both expressed interest in trying it, and communicating has been a real key I feel to creating images that I'm proud to put my name on. I'm sure some will like much of what's to come, some may not and that's ok, if I could please
everyone I'd be rich and famous! In reality I'm just someone with a desire to find the beauty along my own path.

Neverending

What drew me to do this work in the first place was the beauty, the landscapes of the earth and the human body because both are so amazing. I found I was able to share my appreciation though photography and it was then I felt I was doing what I was meant to discover all along. There is an energy I feel I haven't the words to describe fully, only to say I feel it during every shoot. This last session with Pearl was a bit different and the energy was different, an expression of our evolution maybe, the appreciation and shared love of art. Daring for sure and likely not everyone's cup of coffee, but that really shouldn't matter should it?
EDIT: Pearl and I will be attending the Artist's Reception March 3rd.
We hope to see you there

I'm super excited to announce that I will have work included in  
"The Photographic Nude 2012" at Lightbox Photographic  
March 3rd – April 4, 2012.

My work, "Missing Me" with art model Pearl :icongoofgirl: was chosen for this exhibit.
Missing Me

Artists opening reception Saturday March 3, 6-9 pm
Lightbox
1045 Marine Drive   Astoria, Oregon   97103-4219
I had high hopes and plans for 2012, one month in the can and I'm not so sure anymore.

The year got off to a great start, I was able to add images to a couple of projects and I was blessed with random chances to work with a couple of new people. However, there were also some hard lessons to be learned and as with any plan, things can turn completely around on you, in a heartbeat.

"But little Mouse, you are not alone,
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best laid schemes of mice and men
Go often askew,
And leave us nothing but grief and pain
For promised joy!"

Itezeru
Keep dreaming


My blog...
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This past Saturday I had the wonderful opportunity to work with a phenomenal talent and truly beautiful person, Holly Loveday!

Mila
Our plan was to shoot in an area of desert closer to her then my usual meanderings, which happened to be an area I'm not very familiar with so I spent several days searching online resources for any interesting locations I could find. I printed some maps and had a vague idea where we could go to find some interesting old buildings and nice desert terrain.
Mila
As it got closer to the weekend it became apparent that our chances for good weather were slim, in fact, as late as the day before an 80% chance of rain was predicted for most of the morning, wind and cold temperatures the balance of the day, a non-photographic meaning of the term 'exposure'. I actually suggested to Holly that we consider rescheduling the shoot to which she challenged... "where's your sense of adventure?"
Mila
I left early, my thought was to get there in plenty of time to scout a couple of places prior to picking up Holly, a good plan I thought until I ran into a massive traffic backup just 40 miles south of her. This used up all the time I had set aside for any pre-shoot scouting. This shoot was becoming one of those times when nothing was going to go right, boy was I wrong!
Mila
It rained but cleared and the sun came out just before it was time to shoot, but the winds came in force, and it was cold! And Holly? Didn't phase her at all, she is in a word, Amazing. At one point the wind picked up a piece of wood paneling that hit the Jeep doing some minor damage, while we just kept at it and in spite of the conditions, smiled in the face of adversity ;) and found some nice locations along the way, what a day, what an artist!! What an adventure.  
Mila
"If you're lucky enough to have something magical happening in front of your camera, don't let it go. Keep shooting until the light fades, the magic evaporates or you or your subject have to leave." ~Steve Simon

My blog...
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