Cactus Curls

Catcus Curls

Cactus Curls, originally uploaded by I Nancy.

From the Desert Hothouse at the Huntington Gardens in Pasadena. Thanks to Hutch for lending me his tripod for an hour. You are costing me some money however. Now I’m going to go out and get the Acratech GP ballhead.

Lilies in the Sun

Lilies in the Sun, originally uploaded by I Nancy.

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Yesterday the Thousand Oaks Photo Group went to Huntington Library and Gardens in Pasadena, California. It was a pretty typical late June day. Not yet too hot but the June-gloom overcast days are mostly over. We had a little bit of overcast in the morning but by the time the Gardens opened at 10:30 the gloom had all burned off.

When we got there, by buddy Hutch suggested that we visit the desert hot house first. Boy was he right. He also, very kindly, lent me his tripod for the morning (more on that later). After our fill in the hothouse we walked towards the lily ponds. I spent a little time with the floating lilies. My husband called those shots “pedestrian”. Then I noticed this floating grove of giant lily plants near the edge of one of the other ponds. The light was getting pretty harsh but still shining right through the leaves. I went to work and when I clicked the “Black & White” button in Lightroom I was hooked on them.

Canon 5dMkII, 70-200 f/4, processed in Lightroom and some selective dodging and burning in Photoshop.