This Baja Fairy Duster is a very busy plant… it has pods, leaves, petals and the fluffy red duster –some still in bloom and and others that have wilted or in the process of wilting. I guess if one wanted a sample for a plant catalog, this photo would show a little bit of everything that you can expect of it.
This was taken in March… Iam just now getting around to posting it. Processing consists of removing one Saguaro cactus that was sticking up in the background like a sore thumb (or middle finger). I used the detail paintbrush in Aperture to bring out the pods and the red fairy dusters — and used, then tweaked the Aperture default “quick fix” preset. And that’s about it. I tried a lot of different things in Topaz, but none of theme seemed to improve the picture. I photograph these Baja Fairy Dusters whenever I see them… and have experimented with lots of different light. But they never want to show themselves off the way that I see them. Maybe someday when I have a new camera I’ll be able to capture the feather light fluffiness exactly the way that I want to.
The frame was done in PSE 9 with layers.