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Here's a shot that I was really lucky to get. After having left Vegas a bit later than I was hoping to, we got to the Cholla garden only about 10 minutes before I took this shot. I unloaded all my gear and got my Fuji all set up. Then I began metering with my Nikon and I fired off this shot. I was unsure of several things: 1) how bad the lens flare was shooting into the sun, 2) whether or not I got the exposure right, and 3) whether or not f/32 was going to get me enough depth of field. I was hoping to get a second shot, just in case the first one didn't turn out. I wanted the sun to go down just a little further so I'd get less flare; unfortunately, after I cocked the shutter, I realized I forgot to wind the film, so I had to remove the gnd filter and put the lens cap on for that exposure. By the time I got the filter back on, the sun was completely gone and I missed my second shot.

Luckily, this one turned out pretty well, with only a few flare pentagons showing up. Viewed at 100%, you can see that shooting at f/45 instead of f/32 for more depth of field would have helped, but it's still more than acceptable as it is.

Fuji G617
Velvia 50
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barksodaverne Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
very nice one!! I love the close-up!
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BlurEdits Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Student Photographer
wow really amzing. I'd love be there sometime
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thegoblingirl Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I love all the photos in yr gallery but there's something really special about this one.
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fotoheini Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Student Photographer
great Location and Light...perfect
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Meema Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent work.
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lycan-rising Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
from your description i admire this more as a 'one moment opportunity' shot. very well done.
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palmbook Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Good job :)
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Lyranthe Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Very striking
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lisa-sciannella Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
absolutely breath taking!
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DrewHopper Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Photographer
Beautiful shot!
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Great light play in this, I like the contrasting black shadows with the brights of the cacti. Good placement of the composition too.
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anjien Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Sometimes it's like this, that You make a good picture because of luck :) congratulations! Well done!
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mamork Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing !
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souk1501 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
brilliant!
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Puuronen Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Great one!
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igreks Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
pretty nice colours.
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1badbuddha Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
Don't stress - I think the flare adds to the photo - there is too much pressure to be 'perfect' in image making these days!
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mofig Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Always wanted to get a shot like this when I was living in Tucson, never did manage it though. Looks awesome.
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Nothing like back lit chollas. A weak spot for my soul. This looks to have more than enough depth of field. Reminds me of my cholla pano I did a while back, yours has much more detail though so I am pretty jealous.
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TobiasRichter Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Photographer
Looks great!
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Y-eskii-lass Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
You have managed to show just how beautiful the desert is! Now excuse me while I go show this to my beach-loving family members. (I like beaches too) but the desert is a place where you can really get into your own head!
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