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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!
BlurEdits Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Student Photographer
wow really amzing. I'd love be there sometime
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.
fotoheini Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Student Photographer
great Location and Light...perfect
Meema Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent work.
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.
palmbook Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Good job :)
Lyranthe Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Very striking
lisa-sciannella Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
absolutely breath taking!
DrewHopper Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Photographer
Beautiful shot!
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.
anjien Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Sometimes it's like this, that You make a good picture because of luck :) congratulations! Well done!
mamork Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing !
souk1501 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Puuronen Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Great one!
igreks Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
pretty nice colours.
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!
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.
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.
TobiasRichter Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Photographer
Looks great!
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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