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Posted by Eia on Sat Feb 23, 2019 3:31 pm

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This was taken at sunset a few days before the monster storm hit Arizona. Yesterday this was dusted with snow and much more five miles north of here. The Saguaro are full and plump with all the rain we have had.
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by SantaFeJoe on Sat Feb 23, 2019 4:30 pm
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A split neutral density filter would have been an asset to this image. The skies are a bit light. Can be done in PP, I’M sure. I was hoping you guys in AZ had a chance to get some shots of the snow covered saguaro. I saw them near Phoenix on the news. It was quite a storm, especially near Flagstaff.

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by Eia on Sat Feb 23, 2019 5:30 pm
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A split neutral density filter would have been an asset to this image. The skies are a bit light. Can be done in PP, I’M sure. I was hoping you guys in AZ had a chance to get some shots of the snow covered saguaro. I saw them near Phoenix on the news. It was quite a storm, especially near Flagstaff.

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Thanks Joe for the suggestion; appreciate it and will try that. A funny story is that I had my dog on a leash and he saw a rabbit or something and went for it jerking me when I was in camera settings. Somehow I inadvertently reformatted the card. I used a recover program but lost all my RAW and the program must have converted or saved them in jpg with no information. So - I can say that the dog ate my homework. ;) I have many pics of this area covered with snow. Just north of the peak was almost a white out. At least eight inches. We knew a place where most people would not be. Will post them soon i hope. Payson was ground zero. here is a quick snap of husband and dog to show the snow and deeper in other areas.


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by Cynthia Crawford on Sat Feb 23, 2019 9:29 pm
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Great scene-really well composed. Looks like an old postcard. Love the colors and light. Cute picture of hubby and that "bad" dog too. ;). Do the Saguaro suffer in a snowstorm? I am quite taken by this photo!
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by E.J. Peiker on Sun Feb 24, 2019 7:28 am
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Very nice Sonoran Desert photograph. The weather sure was crazy, had Ice on the roads in Chandler yesterday morning. Snow came almost to the ground in Gold Canyon on Friday night, and, as you know, Fountain Hills got quite a bit of snow.
 

by Eia on Sun Feb 24, 2019 5:36 pm
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Cynthia Crawford wrote:
Great scene-really well composed. Looks like an old postcard. Love the colors and light. Cute picture of hubby and that "bad" dog too. ;).  Do the Saguaro suffer in a snowstorm?  I am quite taken by this photo!



Thank you much. Generally they do not suffer; they are pretty hardy except with fires and stupid people. I have seen a few beaver tail cacti that are saturated and plump with moisture and they get so heavy that the pads fall off. Saguaro have a long life span. Usually it takes 75 years to grow its first arm. Some have been around for a hundred years... so I've heard.
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by Cynthia Crawford on Sun Feb 24, 2019 8:08 pm
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Eia wrote:
Cynthia Crawford wrote:
Great scene-really well composed. Looks like an old postcard. Love the colors and light. Cute picture of hubby and that "bad" dog too. ;).  Do the Saguaro suffer in a snowstorm?  I am quite taken by this photo!



Thank you much. Generally they do not suffer; they are pretty hardy except with fires and stupid people. I have seen a few beaver tail cacti that are saturated and plump with moisture and they get so heavy that the pads fall off. Saguaro have a long life span. Usually it takes 75 years to grow its first arm. Some have been around for a hundred years... so I've heard.

Thanks AnnaMaria- glad to know they are survivors!
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by Carol Clarke on Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:07 am
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Crazy weather and just not what you expect to see in your area, AnnaMaria! A really well composed and lovely scene in such sweet light. Well done!

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by Paul Skoczylas on Fri Mar 15, 2019 5:24 pm
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I'd agree with Joe on the sky, but I'd do the correction digitally. A split ND or ND grad would darken the tops of the cacti as well as the sky, but a digital combination of exposures (either HDR or just one for the sky and one for the foreground) allows you to target all the right spots.

I really like the light on the cacti--bringing out the background and sky would really make a wonderful image out of this.
 

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