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Cactus Photo of the Week 2

Cactus Photo of the Week - July 17

Many clustering Golden Barrel Cactus.

The Golden Barrel Cacti is one of the most recognized cactus. In the wild it is rare and endangered, but is one of the most cultivated cacti by plant nurseries for consumers. These are highly desirable for planting in containers and garden landscapes. Their life can be as long as 30 years and when mature they grow clustering barrels like above. The official name for this cactus is Echinocactus Grusonii.

This was photographed in the desert garden at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California.

A bright yellow Golden Barrel cactus flower.

Mature plants will have small yellow flowers around the crown. This is a flower on my Golden Barrel of about 8 yrs old. The size of the barrel is about 24 inches in diameter.


Rustic Details

Rustic Details of Bodie

Bodie Ghost Town is now a National Historic Park in the mountains of central California. On the eastern side of the state near Mammoth Mountain and Mono Lake was a small town of miners looking for gold. It became a boomtown in the late 1800’s with over 10,000 residents. After the turn of the century, mining was still in operation but the profits were dwindling. In 1932 there was a devastating fire that destroyed much of the town. For the last 50 years it has been a deserted ghost town.
Bodie Ghost Town Sign at entrance.
Old mining wagon in front of the factory at Bodie.Metal siding on the old wood structure at Bodie.White door know left behind on this old wood door at Bodie.Weathered wood on the firehouse at Bodie Ghost Town.
Bodie is a popular subject for photography. You are allowed to walk around at your leisure with the exception of some areas deemed unsafe. I have been there before, so this time I decided to really focus in on the textures, colors and lines to emphasize the rustic beauty.

Follow this link, If you would like to see more rustic beauty of Bodie Ghost Town.

These images and many more can be purchased on my Bodie Ghost Town Calendar for 2014.


Cactus Photo of the Week

Cactus Photo of the Week

Two giant saguaro cactus growing together in the desert setting.
One of my favorites, these two saguaro cactus are growing side by side in this Sonoran Desert near Phoenix, AZ. I call this photo “Loving Couple” because it instantly reminds me of an inseparable couple (people) in a relationship.

Saguaro cactus is native to the Sonoran Desert area of the southwestern United States. This desert covers much of Arizona, small part of California and a large area in Mexico. It only grows in the Sonoran Desert but not all of the desert. Elevation is key due to possible freezing temperatures. Generally it grows in elevations of zero feet up to 4000 feet.

The life span of a saguaro can be as much as 200 years. The adult saguaro is about 125 years old. And a saguaro may take 50 to 100 years to grow arms. It will produce reproductive flowers around 35 years and continue to produce flowers throughout it’s life.

These two have probably been together at least 50 years, never bickering, just enjoying the peaceful surroundings. There neighbors consist of an ocotillo on the left side of the photo, some red barrels in the distance and other saguaros too.


Cross Process Effect

Before the digital photography age, film was king. Of course that is obvious, but now that digital cameras have been around for many years, some people have never exposed film. Before digital became useful and prevalent professional photographers used film. Color negative and transparency (also known as slides in 35mm format) and of course black and white. Today I’m going to leave out black and white and talk about color film cross processing.

Glass bottles arranged in a graphic photo with a cross processed effect.

In this photo of the glass bottles you can see that the highlights on the clear glass bottles have a cyan or blue green coloring. The coloring on the background and foreground reflections have a magenta and lavender coloring. The color on the background was actually red and the bottles were colorless. The developing of the film for the cross process effect changes actual into something different and really unpredictable.

Essentially cross processing is the act of taking one type of film, such as negative film and developing it in chemicals for developing transparencies or vice versa. Negative film has specific chemicals (C41 process) to process the negative correctly. The same holds true for transparencies or slides (E6 process). When taking one film and processing in the chemicals of another, the results can be very interesting. The results are often outstanding and sometimes not so desirable.

So what you say, nobody uses film any more. Cross effects can be achieved with digital images also.

A simple daisy flower with soft focus background.

Here is a nice photo of a daisy straight from the digital camera with a vignette around the edges. The vignette is the darkening around the edges for framing the subject and draw the viewer’s eye to the subject and away from the background.

A daisy flower with a film cross process effect.

And here is a cross processed effect using software to give the look of cross processing from the old days of film. You can see the cyan or blue green coloring in the petals of the daisy and the obvious coloring shift of the green to a reddish orange. When using software for the effect, you can see the effects live, so the mystery or surprise results are gone. But now you can create and alter the effects to your liking.

Other characteristics of cross processing can be increase or decrease of contrast, increase in grain, and color shifts. When using film, the different manufacturers had different chemical make up of their films, so each manufacturers film (i.e. Kodak, Fuji, Agfa) had different results when comparing side by side tests.


Callistemon Beauty

Bottlebrushes are members of the genus Callistemon and belong to the family Myrtaceae. It grows as a shrub or tree and is native to Australia. There are about 40 different species called Callistemon at this time. These are commonly grown in Southern California as decorative plants or trees. The flowers can be spectacular and are popular with nectar feeding birds and insects. Shrubs are commonly called “Little John”.
A striking color photo of the bottlebrush flower.
Fine art photography of a Bottlebrush flower.