Just returned from two amazing weeks in places that could not be more different from one another. The first week: as much sybaritic indulgence as one could imagine at an amazing resort in Mexico. The second week: utterly still desert in Joshua Tree, California, no company but huge boulders and tiny creatures that would reveal themselves only if I stayed absolutely still.
I didn't have much luck photographing the big-eared bunnies and fleet-footed lizards in the desert. The rocks were much more cooperative at standing still while I set up my tripod!
I didn't push myself to learn many new techniques in Mexico, but I did experiment with panoramas and high dynamic range in the desert. So far, the panoramas have been more successful than the hdr work. If and when images from these two types of exploration are accepted, I'll have more to say on what worked and what didn't (hint: polarizers are NOT your friend if you're trying to create a composite image!).