Cholla cacti

I’ve been experimenting with how to get photos that reflect the way a scene FEELS, rather than documenting the exact way it LOOKS. For example, these chain fruit cholla cacti looked surreal glowing in the early morning light and became even more alien when a dead branch on the ground decided to attack me. I wanted to capture a bit of that sinister aspect as well. These aren’t just plants, but glowing alien attack plants!

To get a bit of the feeling I wanted, I sharpened the image and then reduced the clarity as much as I could and then reduced it a bit more. At the same time I pushed up the contrast and selectively increased the saturation.

 

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It’s not there yet, but I’s coming!

You can see the more journalistic version on ExplorationVacation.

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