Just as the sun is heading over the horizon
You can get that golden glow, as seen with the linked photo. It happens in the California desert too where the cacti and Joshua Trees seem to radiate light.
Capturing such moments is almost like covering a sporting event, as the light moves fast, and shadows grow deeper, the light redder, and then it’s over, and there is darkness, colors become gray, then grayer, then black and shades thereof, and the warm coolers become cool colors, more blue, more dark green, with little to differentiate edges and shapes. But below, things are alive…
Joshua Tree fan
Cactus star againg
Joshua Tree at sunset
Good examples of black and white images.
Pier made famous in the Magnum detective series where TC operated his helicopter business. Now a research pier open sometimes to fishermen and women.
This was four images taken with Fujifilm X-Pro 1, stitched together in Photoshop, and then post processed to get maximum effect. A digital image is a linear capture of information, and otherwise dull without some post processing. The pier was used in the Magnum series, where TC operated his helicopter business.
Joshua Tree National Park
The Desert Queen Ranch formerly was known as Keys Ranch, after the family that lived there. Keys started the ranch around WWI, taking over the property from earlier minors. I taught a course at the Ranch for the Desert Institute, and here are some photos from that day-long class.
Pattern of old hoses near the windmill.
When in doubt, get closer.
Carved his name in a wall.
Windmill provided water for family. Keys raised seven children, operated some 30 mines in the area
Rust-colored antique car inside Desert Ranch
Vintage cars rust away inside the Desert Queen Ranch
Dessert Queen Ranch. This old Maytag is pre-World War II.
Love some legacy lenses
Especially the Minolta 58mm F1.4 lens. My mother gave it to me, and I pooh pood it, but then when the Fujifilm camera system came along, it has proven to be my preferred portrait lens.
Best time to take photos: before 10 a.m. and after 3 p.m. The absolute best time is within 30 minutes after sunrise, and 30 minutes before sunset. Continue reading