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Tip: You cannot get the reflection on the water like this without a circular polarizing filter.

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When to Go: It can get really hot here. It is not too busy.

Camera Settings

Aperture Priority

It is generally used to control the depth of field (control how much is in focus from your subject back). If your shutter speed drops to 1/30th sec. or lower because you lack light, you will need to put your camera on a tripod to avoid blurry pictures. Anything handheld below 1/30 sec will be blurry. The higher the “f” number, the less light that will come in, and your shutter speed will drop to let more light in.

When your “f” number goes up, your aperture closes. At f-22, you are barely letting any light in.  Always watch your shutter speed when taking your shot, look at the bottom of the screen through the viewfinder and check your shutter speed. Do not let your shutter speed go too low when hand-holding.  Sometimes you cannot get a super high f stop because you do not have enough light. This will happen quite often at times, such as a sunset. Again, put your camera on a tripod, and now your photos will not blur except for any subject moving in the image.

You might want the opposite effect. That is when your subject is in complete focus, and the background is blurred, called the bokeh effect. You will use your lowest F-number, such as 2.8 or 3.5. Go as small as your particular lens will allow.  Shooting in Aperture Priority allows you to control this.

Shutter Priority

If you have moving subjects such as people moving, you will want to shoot in shutter priority to be sure your images come out sharp. When people are moving slowly, shoot at 1/250th sec, and adjust your ISO accordingly. If they are moving very fast, increase your shutter speed to about 1/1000th sec. If it’s a bright sunny day, go as high as 1/1200 second for very fast-moving subjects.

Manual Mode

If you have moving waters here, you can do your long exposure running, milky water shots.  You will have to use a tripod for this effect.  All of your settings will vary depending on the lighting and what neutral density filter you have. You will shoot in manual mode for the milky waters.

ISO is always 100 or as low as your camera will allow. Aperture is f22. Your shutter speed will vary depending on the light. Take some test shots to decide on your shutter speed after you put your neutral density filter on. (It’s like sunglasses for your camera to stop light from coming in).

Use your shutter release or your 2-second timer also to prevent camera movement. Voila. You now have your milky water exposure. You will want at least a 5-second exposure for water. (If you don’t have a neutral density filter, you may not get more than 1/15th of a second in the sun. That does not give you a good effect). Go to our store to buy your ND filter. We like a 3.0 for super long exposure in the daytime, and we have a ten stop filter for bright sunny days.

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Park and Area Information:

Entrance Fees: None.  The CNLM Preserve gates are open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from May through September and from 7:00 am to 5:00 p.m. October through April. The parking area at the Visitors’ Center is small, so plan on carpooling or bringing a smaller vehicle as the lot is not well-suited for RVs and campers. Large groups should call ahead.
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Hotel Information:

The Westin Mission Hills Resort Villas, Palm Springs

  • 71777 Dinah Shore Drive, Rancho Mirage, California 92270 – Phone: (1)(760) 328-595

This is our pick for where to stay. We loved the grounds at this location. We didn’t stay only because we have a brother right down the street. We get lucky sometimes. We went here and did some photography on the grounds though. It was that nice. It’s much more affordable in the summer months and the winter can run up $199-$299.00 a night.

Homewood Suites by Hilton Palm Desert

$79.00 to $263.00- 2 bedroom suite in high season and all in between.

36999 Cook Street, Palm Desert, California, 92211, USA TEL: +1-760-568-1600 FAX: +1-760-568-1608

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 Restaurants:

There is no food out this way so be sure to bring snacks and water in your backpack.

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Camping:

Cathedral Palms

35901 Cathedral Canyon Dr
Cathedral City, CA 92234-7260
(760) 324-8244

Cathedral Palms on Cathedral Canyon Dr in Cathedral City, CA is in the Beach California section(s) Rv (Recreational Vehicle) Parks And Campgrounds.

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