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Infrared Desert

More desert. This time in infrared. (not smartphone this time)

  1. It’s the lighter-colored pads of the beavertail cactus (?) that make this photo sing. Would also look great as a square. –Carol Leigh

    June 25, 2011
  2. marianne skov jensen #

    Thanks, Carol. Yes…I love how infrared makes back-lit cactus look translucent. It’s something Photoshop can’t replicate.

    (Cactus is just plan old Prickly Pear)

    June 25, 2011
  3. Jenn #

    Fabulous light on the prickly pear.

    June 26, 2011
  4. Howard Wood #

    Great light for IR shot..

    June 26, 2011
  5. Howard Wood #

    How does the “QR” code automatically appear and what data can smart phone users read?

    June 26, 2011
    • QR? Not following you, Howard. First I should tell you this is not a camera phone image but with regard to metadata from phones? My Droidx only shows capture time, dimensions and GPS coordinates.

      June 27, 2011
  6. joan #

    A very evocative image. One question, I don’t understand why the vegetation is a light gray, except the saguaros are dark. Does this mean they are cooler in temp. than the other leaves and cacti? Thanks.

    June 26, 2011
    • Good question, Joan! The reason the Saguaros are dark is because they are silhouetted against the sun so you’re seeing the shadow side. With infrared, green vegetation typically turns white or very light but in this case the sun is shining through the Prickly Pear from the back side giving that translucent look. Have you ever held a flashlight (turned on, of course) close to the back of your hand? You get that same almost transparent look.

      June 27, 2011

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