Camping Trip To Joshua Tree National Park, Part 2
On Saturday morning we were up early and took a quiet hike out to Desert Queen Mine and then out to Barker Dam. At mid morning we took a chance and drove through Jumbo Rocks campground to see any sites were available and we got lucky to find a great spot. After we returned from an afternoon hike to Lost Horse Mine the golden light of sunset was hitting the rocks that bordered our campsite. Sometimes the light just comes to you!
On Sunday morning we drove towards to southern portion of the park and stopped at the Cholla Cactus garden that marks the boundary between the higher elevation north and the lower elevation south. I explored the garden looking for a Cholla that I could photograph fully backlit by the sun.
Exposing for the sky I found that the Cholla was a bit too dark, so I thought I would try my collapsable reflector/diffuser, to reflect some sunlight back into the cactus gives the photo a little more punch. I chose the gold reflector over the silver to accentuate the sunlight.
I then removed the reflection material and used the diffuser to soften the harsh light and capture the spiny details of the Cholla flower before it blooms.