Here I am back at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona and I realize I’ve looped myself! I have photos from this location that I made a year ago that I haven’t published yet.
Here’s one of them:
Making an image like this is all about waiting for the perfect light. I wanted nice sunset colours and to have the cactus in silhouette, but with just enough light in the foreground to be able to see the other plants. If the mountain and all of the foreground was in silhouette too, it would look like a big black blob.
Getting this kind of light means making the composition well ahead of time and waiting, and hoping, for the light to happen.
When it does, you have to be ready, because sometimes it only lasts a few seconds.