Archive for December 27th, 2009



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Happy Sunday!

Early light, winter colored prickly pear profusion at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix Arizona. I really like cacti. I like the forms they take, and the display they make as the light changes. I like the subtle colors, which often, as with the Prickly Pear, vary with the seasons. I like to fill the frame with the pattern of them, to the exclusion of all else. What can I say? I like cacti.

For this shot, I used the zoom on the H50 for framing and to flatten perspective. I intend to publish a piece on Point and Shoot Landscape on just that…using the zoom as a framing tool. The one purple/red fruit/bud on the left adds a “where’s waldo” effect that I like.

Sony DSC H50 at about 80mm equivalent. F4.0 @ 1/60th @ ISO 100. Programmed auto.

All presets in Lightroom: Punch, Landscape Sharpen, >> of Clarity, and > of Vibrance. 4 seconds total editing time.

From Desert Botanical Garden 09.