Be sure to check out Part 1 of this video: https://youtu.be/-58DMAGkFx0
Here we are, my friends, with part 2 of my video series from the Sonoran Desert. This day starts with some morning panoramic photography on my Shen-Hao TFC 617-A camera, exposing my favorite film of late (Kodak Portra) to that beautiful desert light.
I never get tired of using my 6×17 camera. Something about the wide panoramic format just tickles my fancy. And it seems to work especially well in the desert. Wide open spaces + a wide piece of film = a match made in heaven. That’s right. Didn’t think I’d get all maths on you, did you?
My 4×5 also came out from its slumber on this trip. It’s been a little while since I’ve exposed some 4×5 film, but I believe this trip has rekindled my love affair with large format. I didn’t take a ton of pictures on my 4×5 – just a couple frames on Ilford Delta 100. I’m looking forward to exposing much more than that in the near future.
Of course, I had to shoot some polaroids on this trip, too. Walking around with my Mint Camera SLR 670-S and snapping some instant photos is a good way to stay loose out there. If I only use my big slow view cameras all day, I might pull a hammy and get sidelined for the rest of the trip. I gotta rest my brain now and then, feed it some mental Gatorade. Polaroids are my mental Gatorade… Man, what the hell am I talking about? After some slow careful photography on my view camera, it can be nice to get quick and dirty with my polaroid camera. That’s what I’m trying to say.
The light painting I’d done the night before was so fun that I just had to get out and do some more. So with my Canon EOS 6D mounted up and my 580EX II flash in hand (with colorful gels, of course), I sought out new specimens to bathe in light. I had a blasty-blast lighting up these saguaros in the starry night. As you’ll see in the video, I was pretty dang pleased with myself about it. For someone like me who rarely does any night photography, it was easy to get blown away by the results.
Alright, that’s it, folks. That’s my trip to the Sonoran Desert to photograph saguaro cactus. Thanks for watching!