I visited the Cholla Garden at the Joshua Tree National Park during the second evening of the Night Photography workshop I attended last week. Traipsing through the “garden” was quite the experience. Those of you that have come in contact with Chollas know what I’m talking about. Cholla pods tend to stick to everything. I even had one of the pods attach itself to my tripod leg. My shoes were saturated with them but I escaped serious injury.
I decided to use my lower resolution camera to photograph this Cholla. I conducted testing the prior night using my higher resolution camera and I decided to conduct some tests using this camera. Although lower resolution, the results are much better (less noise). The chollas were lit by moonlight only. The bright object that you see at the end of the cholla is Jupiter.
This image was taken with my Canon EOS 5D Mark III using my Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 Lens set on 16mm. The camera was set on Manual mode with the aperture set at f/4, shutter speed at 20 seconds and the ISO set at 3200. I used a tripod for stability. This is a single image processed in Lightroom.
You can see my new gallery for Joshua Tree NP by clicking here. I will be adding more photos to the collection as I process and post them.
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